Updated: Feb 24
PCOS or known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has become an extremely common condition among women. It is a condition characterized by cysts in the ovaries which causes irregular periods as ovaries do not release eggs or ovulate regularly. Although the exact cause of PCOS has not been fully identified, studies have shown a combination of genetic and environmental factors may be the cause.
But, what are the tell-tale signs of this condition that I should not ignore?
1. Irregular periods
The most common sign is that you may have PCOS. Irregular menstrual cycles may come earlier than 21 days and later than 35 days in adults and 45 days in young teens. Some may even not experience any cycle for months.
2. Difficulty in getting pregnant
PCOS impairs the ovaries' ability to develop and release eggs that’s a woman may encounter fertility issues when she is trying to conceive. This does not mean she cannot get pregnant. Working with your OB-GYN can still help you conceive naturally.
3. Weight gain
Almost 50% of women with PCOS may experience unexpected weight gain or become obese which can be difficult to manage, even with traditional exercise and a diet plan.
Low energy is a common symptom with PCOS. Often it is related to poor sleep quality at night which affects a woman’s energy during the day.
Some women find it hard to sleep at all. They may even encounter night sweats, insomnia, and sleep apnea, which is a condition where the person stops breathing for short periods during sleep.
6. Mood disorders
Anxiety, depression, poor body image, and even eating disorders can be a common sign in women with PCOS
7. Skin problems
This may include excessive acne, darkened skin, and skin tags.
It’s another term for excess hair growth. Excess hair growth on the face and body
9. Hair thinning or loss
Some women may encounter thinning of hair or may find bald spots.
10. Other serious health issues
Women with PCOS may also encounter type 2 diabetes, liver inflammation, cardiac problems, gestational diabetes, or high blood pressure during pregnancy.
If you are encountering two or more of these symptoms, have yourself checked by your health care professional. Early detection is still the best prevention with PCOS because intervention can help prevent further damage to your heart, liver, reproductive system, mental wellness, and more.