PCOS Symptoms

For those that took the PCOS quiz, they probably have an idea what these could be. Classic PCOS symptoms include:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • Acne
  • Inexplicable weight gain and retention
  • High cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular periods, that may come and go and may be very light to very heavy
  • Body hair growing on the chest, belly, face, and around the nipples
  • Decreased breast size
  • Clitoris enlargement
  • Male-pattern baldness (i.e. thinning hair on the scalp)
  • Deepened voice
  • Darkened skin around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts
  • Acne.
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
  • Extra hair on the face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.
  • Depression
  • Decreased sex drive

Not all these symptoms indicate PCOS. It is possible to have polycystic ovaries, but not PCOS.

Comments

  1. Doris

    I have been treating pcos but with no success..am 43 this year and don’t just know what to do anymore…have only seen my period twice in a year ( though light) the hairs on my chin grows more and I just keep shaving..even though am a hairy person..pls what can u reconmend

  2. Doris David

    I have been treating pcos but with no success..am 43 this year and don’t just know what to do anymore…have only seen my period twice in a year ( though light) the hairs on my chin grows more and I just keep shaving..even though am a hairy person..pls what can u reconmend

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      Nicole

      So sorry to read this, Doris. What is your diet like? You need to drastically reduce sugars and carbs from your diet, and ramp up exercise too. In some cases, you might need to be on meds to control blood sugar, and also for ovulation. What meds have you been on?

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