18 PCOS Symptoms Every Woman Should Be Aware Of
The most common symptoms of PCOS are as follows:
- Irregular Menstruation or (Anovulation)
- Obesity or sudden weight gain around mid-section.
- Hirsutism- Growth of hair in abnormal areas.
- Male pattern baldness or thinning hair.
- Prolonged PMS symptoms.
- Insulin resistance and Diabetes.
- Uncontrollable sugar cravings.
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- Skin tags
- Dark skin patches
- Sleep Apnea
- Hypothyroid function
- Constant exhaustion
Unfortunately, these symptoms may vary from one woman to another since each person reacts differently to the hormonal imbalance.
Recognizing The Early Warning Signs of PCOS
#1 Weight Gain
Well over half the women who have indcations of pcos report excessive weight normally around the waist or belly. You’ll find the most common treatment prescribed for this symptom is good old-fashioned diet and exercise!
#2- Male Pattern Baldness (Hair Loss) & Abnormal Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
Growth of course hair in places they shouldn’t be (face, back, stomach, chest, even thumbs or toes) is one of the traits of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Although in some cases, this isn’t always used as an indicator because there are other reasons abnormalities like this that are not related to PCOS.
#3- Irregular or Absent Menstrual Periods (Amenorrhea)
This is usually one of the most common symptoms most looked for in women. By irregular, this doesn’t necessarily mean that ovulation does not happen according to schedule. Sometimes, the ovulation can stretch for more than a month or last for a few days. Absence of menstruation altogether (infertility) can also be a precurser of PCOS.
Acne, Skin Tags, Depression, Sleep Apnea, thickening skin that turns brown or black on various parts of the body are all manifestations of the disorder as well!
Collectively, with all of these warning signs, a woman can start to dig into whether or not they have polycystic ovary syndrome. However, before starting any treatment, it is best to get diagnosed by a medical professional.
The catch is that the same symptoms of PCOS given may also be caused by other disorders, making it difficult to determine exactly what the problem is!
Regular check-ups with your OBGYN are strongly recommended in order to determine what these symptoms mean and if treatment is necessary.