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PCOS – What are the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 06-12-2006

What are the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?


These are some of the symptoms of PCOS listed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

  • infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding

  • infertility or inability to get pregnant because of not ovulating

  • increased growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes

  • acne, oily skin, or dandruff

  • pelvic pain

  • weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist

  • type 2 diabetes

  • high cholesterol

  • high blood pressure

  • male-pattern baldness or thinning hair

  • patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs

  • skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area

  • sleep apnea – excessive snoring and breathing stops at times while asleep