The varying symptoms of PCOS are yet another display of how every woman is different...
It is common for signs of PCOS to begin soon after a girl begins getting her period or later in a woman's reproductive years. Any combination of the symptoms below can be seen in a woman suffering from PCOS, some women only showing a few signs and others showing many.
I have broken the list of symptoms into 2 categories. The first is a list of PCOS features that are testable or measurable. The second is a list of symptoms that can be seen or felt. I have also included a list of conditions that women with PCOS have an increased risk of developing.
Testable/measurable features of PCOS:
High Androgen (male hormone) levels
Anovulation/Amenorrhea (irregular periods indicating difficulty ovulating)
Low Progesterone levels in the Luteal Phase of your cycle
Imbalanced Lutinising Hormone (LH): Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) ratio
Other PCOS symptoms:
Difficulty falling pregnant
Disproportionate amount of body fat around middle
Hirsutism (increased amounts of body hair)
Thinning of hair on the head
Heavy, painful periods
Difficulty losing weight
Conditions PCOS sufferers have an increased risk of developing:
Type 2 diabetes
Cholesterol and blood fat abnormalities
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