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

  • Not all women with PCOS share the same symptoms. These are some of the symptoms of PCOS:
  • infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
  • infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating
  • increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, or toes—a condition called hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um)
  • multiple ovarian cysts
  • acne, oily skin
  • weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
  • insulin resistance or 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
  • anxiety or depression due to appearance and/or infertility
  • sleep apnea—excessive snoring and times when breathing stops while asleep

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