Symptoms of PCOS

Early signs and symptoms of PCOS usually develop around the time of adolescence. In some women PCOS develops later, such as in cases of substantial weight gain. Diagnosis of PCOS is made when you experience some of these signs:

  • Irregular periods : Infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods are the commonest sign of  PCOS. For example, you  may have less than nine periods a year, more than 36 days between periods and abnormally heavy or less periods.
  • Excess androgen level : Elevated levels of male hormone/ androgen may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and  body hair & sometimes severe acne and male-pattern baldness.
  • Infertility due to Polycystic ovaries : Your ovaries might be big and contain many follicles that surround the eggs. As a result, the ovaries might fail to function properly .
  • These signs and symptoms are usually more severe if you’re overweight.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you are worried about your menstrual periods, if you’re troubled with infertility or if you are embarrassed with signs of excess androgen such as worsening hirsutism, acne and hair loss.