Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) tend to start gradually. Hormone changes that lead to PCOS often start in the early teens, after the first menstrual period. Symptoms may be especially noticeable after a weight gain.
Symptoms may include:
- Menstrual problems. These can include few or no menstrual periods or heavy, irregular bleeding.
- Hair loss from the scalp and hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, or toes.
- Acne and oily skin
- Fertility problems, such as not releasing an egg (not ovulating) or repeat miscarriages.
- Reference Insulin resistance Opens New Window and too much insulin (hyperinsulinemia), which can cause things like upper body obesity and skin tags.
- Depression or mood swings. For more information, see the topic Reference Depression or Reference Depression in Children and Teens.
- Breathing problems while sleeping (Reference obstructive sleep apnea Opens New Window). This is linked to both obesity and insulin resistance.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology