What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra

Infertility Specialist
The first symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) problem tend to develop near the time of the initial menstrual period during the puberty phase of a female’s life, generally the early 20’s or late teens. In some cases, PCOS develops at a later stage, usually as a response to causes like considerable weight gain. The signs and symptoms of PCOS tend to vary substantially. Some women may experience mild symptoms, while others may suffer from severe manifestations of this disease. The condition gets diagnosed once you’ve experienced at least a couple of the symptoms given below: • Irregular Menstrual Cycle: Prolonged, irregular, or infrequent periods are normally the most common PCOD symptoms. For example, a woman who experiences less than nine periods in the span of year, over 35 days in-between periods, and extremely heavy flow during periods is suffering from polycystic ovary disease. • Production of Too Much Androgen: High levels of androgen or male hormone could lead to physical signs, like excess body and facial hair, and sometimes even severe male-pattern baldness and acne. • Polycystic Ovaries: In several instances, the ovaries tend to get enlarged and contain follicles surrounding the ovaries. Because of this condition, the ovaries might not function properly. • Pregnancy Problems: Women with PCOS have a hard time getting pregnant due to ovulation failure or irregular ovulation. The signs and symptoms of PCOS typically increase in severity if a person is obese. Women should speak to their general practitioner if they suspect they have any symptom that could be indicative of PCOS.
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