What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Usually, women who have PCOS have irregular, infrequent or no menstrual periods. They may also have trouble getting pregnant. Some women who have PCOS do not experience any symptoms.
Other signs and symptoms of PCOS may include:
- Overweight and obesity
- Excessive hair growth on the face, nipple area, chest, lower abdomen and thighs
- Thinning hair or bald spots
- Dark patches of skin
- Anxiety or depression
- Pelvic pain
Women who have PCOS are also more likely to have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and triglycerides. Together with obesity, these conditions are known as the “metabolic syndrome.”
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: It's Not Just Infertility by MH Hunter, MD, and JJ Sterrett, PHARM.D (American Family Physician September 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000901/1079.html)
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