SYMPTOMS OF PCOS
The symptoms of PCOS will vary from one woman to the next and may include:
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Infertility or reduced fertility
- Hirsutism (excess hair growth on the face, chest and stomach) due to increased levels of male hormones
- Alopecia (scalp hair loss)
- Acne due to increased levels of male hormones
- Obesity, particularly around the middle (‘apple’ shaped) and difficulty losing weight
- Acanthosis Nigricans (dark velvety skin pigmentation) commonly seen on the back of the neck, under the arms, under the breasts and in the groin area – it is strongly linked with insulin resistance and being overweight
- Increased risk of miscarriage
Having PCOS does not necessarily mean you will develop all these – for reasons we don’t yet fully understand, some women have only a few mild symptoms of PCOS, while others may suffer from all or most of these symptoms. We also know that anxiety and depression are more common in women with PCOS and it is important that you seek help for these as well as for any physical symptoms.
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