Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Symptoms

Polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms often begin soon after a woman first begins having periods (menarche). In some cases, PCOS develops later during the reproductive years, for instance, in response to substantial weight gain. PCOS has many signs; things you or your doctor can see or measure and symptoms; things that you notice or feel. All of these can worsen with obesity. Every woman with PCOS may be affected a little differently.

To be diagnosed with the condition, your doctor looks for at least two of the following PCOS Syndrome Symptoms

Irregular periods:

  • This is the most common characteristic. Examples include menstrual intervals longer than 35 days; fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year; failure to menstruate for four months or longer; and prolonged periods that may be scant or heavy.

Excess androgen:

  • Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens) may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), adult acne or severe adolescent acne, and male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).
  • Excess hair on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes
  • Thin hair

Polycystic ovaries:

  • Polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the eggs.

Other symptoms of PCOS include:

  • acne
  • weight gain
  • anxiety or depression
  • infertility

While not symptoms of the disease, many women with PCOS have other concurrent health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. These are linked to the weight gain typical in PCOS patients.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Symptoms & Pain:

Often pain is considered as a symptom of PCOS. However it has been proven that polycystic ovaries do not cause pain. Pain in the ovary could be from ovulation or from a cyst, which should usually clear up in time.

PCOS Symptoms & Treatment

PCOS treatment focuses on each of your symptom and hence PCOS treatment is different from person to person. Lifestyle modifications become as important as medication in case of PCOS Management.

Lifestyle changes

If you are battling with infertility related to PCOS, your doctor will recommend weight loss to increase the effectiveness of the medication.

A low calorie diet coupled with moderate exercise has known to greatly improve the symptoms related to PCOS. Doctors typically recommending losing 5% of your body weight to begin with.

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