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