Think you might have PCOS?
Unfortunately, PCOS is an affliction that 1 in 10 women in the United State face. It is one of the most common causes of infertility and recurrent miscarriage on record to date. Chances are that if you’ve found this post, you probably are experiencing what you might be thinking are symptoms of PCOS. While there are a large myriad of symptoms that accompany Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, what are the main symptoms of PCOS?
Typically to be diagnosed with PCOS, you have to present with at least two out of the three following symptoms:
- Irregular periods. It is very typical for women with PCOS to not have a cycle for months or even years.
- Cysts on your ovaries. Hence the name of the condition (but not every type of PCOS includes having cysts on your ovaries. See my post about the Four Types of PCOS.)
- Blood work that signifies elevated androgen levels. Androgens are male hormones that present in female bodies.
Additional Symptoms of PCOS
While the symptoms I mentioned before are the ones necessary for the diagnosis of PCOS, most women find that there are a lot of other symptoms that accompany the condition. These can include but are not limited to:
- Excess hair growth (hirusitim)
- Hormonal acne (particularly on the chin and jawline.
- Heavy, painful periods – when you do get them.
- Weight gain – difficulty losing weight when eating healthy.
- Insulin Resistance – or Prediabetes
- Thinning hair on the head – or even hair loss/male pattern baldness.
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Anxiety/Depression – Heavy Mood Swings
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic inflammation
- Pelvic pain – pain with sex (this might also be a sign of endometriosis, so you should make an appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist)
Do you experience any of these symptoms? Let me know your experience below in the comments. Know someone who might have PCOS? Share this blog with them!