Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has so many symptoms that a lot of women don’t realize their health is being diminished by this disorder. No two women are likely to have exactly the same symptoms or all of them. But linking illness with PCOS is a crucial first step towards tackling this insidious disorder.
Aside from ovarian cysts, PCOS symptoms can include the following:
auto-immune or inflammation-related disease such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as irregular periods or no periods at all; painful or unusually heavy or light periods; irregular or absent ovulation; hirsutism (hair on face, stomach, thighs, arms, breasts) and alopecia (thinning hair or male pattern baldness), as well as high blood pressure (hypertension), infertility, excess weight and obesity (especially around the stomach), difficulty losing weight, experiencing the glucose and insulin imbalance called Insulin Resistance and hypoglycemia (lower than normal blood glucose levels).
Women with PCOS can also suffer from severe fatigue, depression or SAD (seasonal affective disorder), mood swings, acne, skin tags and Acanthosis nigricans (dark skin patches, often found on the nape of the neck, groin or under breasts). Plus high LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, low HDL “good” cholesterol levels, decreased sex drive, excess “male” hormones (androgens) such as DHEAS and testosterone, decreased breast size, enlarged ovaries and uterus and, in rare cases, an enlarged clitoris.
If you recognize yourself as having several or more of these conditions, contact your doctor for a diagnosis and mention you think you may have PCOS.
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