Do I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
By Dr. Grove Higgins
Below is a checklist of potential subclinical symptoms a woman who may be developing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) could experience. I have gotten several questions about our last article on this subject, so this is to help answer these questions.
This checklist should not be used as a definitive diagnostic tool but rather as a guide to understanding some early signs of PCOS. If you suspect you may be experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a healthcare provider.
☐ Irregular periods: Periods that come every few months, not at all, or too frequently.
☐ Heavier or lighter menstrual bleeding than usual: Changes in the amount of blood loss during periods.
☐ Hirsutism: Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, or toes.
☐ Acne or oily skin: Breakouts on the face, chest, or upper back, or oilier skin than usual.
☐ Weight gain or difficulty losing weight: A noticeable increase in weight or struggle to lose weight, especially around the waist.
☐ Hair loss or thinning on the head: An increase in hair loss, a receding hairline, or hair thinning similar to male-pattern baldness.
☐ Darkening of the skin: Particularly along neck creases, in the groin, or underneath breasts.
☐ Skin tags: Small pieces of skin that appear raised, especially in the armpits or neck area.
☐ Changes in mood or mental health: Mood swings, feelings of depression, or anxiety.
☐ Fatigue or lack of energy: Feeling constantly tired or having less energy than usual.
☐ Sleep problems: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing interrupted sleep.
☐ Decreased sex drive: A reduction in sexual desire.
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