What are the Symptoms and Signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular menses (periods). This may include having fewer periods, no periods or heavier periods than expected
  • Excess body or facial hair (also known as hirsutism)
  • Severe acne
  • Male-pattern baldness (baldness or hair loss that in areas typically seen in older men)
  • Infertility or trouble getting pregnant (in adult women)

In patients who have PCOS and obesity, which is commonly associated with PCOS, long-term risks (when left untreated) include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Infertility (trouble getting pregnant)
  • Endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine lining)
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea

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