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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:

Sources:

Jean Hailes (Polycystic ovary syndrome), MyDr (Polycystic ovary syndrome), Jean Hailes (Polycystic ovary syndrome all you need to know)

Last reviewed: November 2016

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