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.