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Symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome

Symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome: Introduction

Symptoms of PCOS can differ between individuals. Symptoms typical of PCOS are due to the underlying process of PCOS. The cause of PCOS is a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is due to the body's production of high amounts of insulin in order to control blood sugar levels. Excessive insulin causes the ovaries to produce too much of the hormone testosterone and other male sex hormones.

This results in symptoms, such as excessive hair growth on the face and body, acne, lack of ovulation, and irregular menstrual periods or no menstrual periods (amenorrhea) and infertility.

PCOS can cause serious complications to health. PCOS is considered a form of prediabetes and is linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of the ovarian cysts that are produced in PCOS can include lower abdominal pain which can vary in intensity. Symptoms may also include painful intercourse.

Complications of ovarian cysts can include twisting, rupturing or bleeding of a cyst, which can result in sudden, sharp abdominal pain. Pelvic bleeding or hemorrhage can also occur and result in low blood pressure, shock and death if not diagnosed and treated promptly....more about Polycystic ovary syndrome »

Symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC (Excerpt)

Is it possible to have PCOS without having cysts?

This is an area of disagreement among medical professionals. While most women with PCOS have polycystic ovaries, some doctors will diagnose a woman with PCOS based on other physical symptoms or hormone abnormalities. (Source: excerpt from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC (Excerpt)

Some of the other symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding;

  • Infrequent or no ovulation;

  • Increased serum levels of male hormones, such as testosterone;

  • Inability to get pregnant within six to 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse (infertility);

  • Pelvic pain that lasts longer than six months;

  • Weight gain or obesity;

  • Diabetes, over-production of insulin, and inefficient use of insulin in the body;

  • Abnormal lipid levels (such as high or low cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides);

  • High blood pressure (over 140/90);

  • Excess growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes;

  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair;

  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff;

  • Patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, groin, underarms, or skin folds; and

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

(Source: excerpt from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC)

Polycystic ovary syndrome as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

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Polycystic ovary syndrome: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Polycystic ovary syndrome: women of reproductive age

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