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Polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms

If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • excess hair growing on your face, chest, stomach or back (hirsutism)
  • thinning hair or baldness (alopecia)
  • irregular periods or no periods at all
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • difficulty falling pregnant or not falling pregnant at all
  • acne
  • easy weight gain
  • swollen belly
  • mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

It’s important to talk to your doctor if you have any or all of these symptoms.

Your doctor may also look for:

Women with PCOS have a higher risk than other women of developing health problems like:


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Last reviewed: November 2016

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which was originally called Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a common condition, affecting 5 to 10% of women of childbearing age. The disorder is probably the most common hormonal abnormality in women of reproductive age and is certainly a leading cause of infertility. It also seems to run in families. Although the underlying cause is not well understood, PCOS is generally characterised by an excess production of androgens (male hormones - usually testosterone), anovulation (the egg is not released by the ovary) and amenorrhoea, and by a varying degree of insulin resistance.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects females in their reproductive years. It may cause irregular periods, excess hair growth and cysts on the ovaries.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that can impact on physical health and emotional wellbeing. Read this factsheet for further information.

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What is the relationship between Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and type 2 diabetes? Between 65-80% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance which occurs when the insulin made by the body is not working as well as it should.

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Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can increase your risk of some complications during pregnancy. Read about diagnosis, infertility and how it can affect pregnancy.

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Pre-diabetes Pre-diabetes describes a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, although not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

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Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas. Small amounts of it are normally released after each meal to help transport glucose into the bodys cells, where it is needed for energy production. Insulin resistance is a decreased ability to respond to the effects of insulin, especially by muscle and adipose (fat) tissues. Since cells must have glucose to survive, the body compensates for insulin resistance by producing additional amounts of the hormone. This results in a state of hyperinsulinaemia in the blood and over-stimulation of some tissues that have remained insulin sensitive. Over time, this process causes an imbalance in the relationship between glucose and insulin and can cause an unhealthy ripple effect in the body.

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