Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects about 1 million women in India every year, but many are unfamiliar with what exactly the disorder is. If you’ve noticed some abnormal changes in your body that have to do with your period, hair growth, and more, you may be exhibiting signs that you have PCOS. (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
1) Irregular Periods: Irregular periods may be a sign of PCOS. If you notice more skipped periods or if your cycle becomes irregular then it would be best to get checked for any hormonal imbalance.
2) Unexplained Weight Gain in the Mid-Section: Excessive weight gain, especially in the midsection as opposed to the hips, can be another sign of too much testosterone or of thyroid disease which can cause PCOS.
3) Abnormal Hair Growth: Many women with PCOS experience excessive hair growth on the chin, tummy, sideburn areas, and lower back and if it is an unusual growth you may want to get checked to a gynecologist.
4) Spotting Or Bleeding: PCOS can cause irregular uterine bleeding, which is usually due to lack of ovulation. If you are experiencing abnormal heavy bleeding or spotting between periods then it could be a sign that you have PCOS.
5) Male Pattern Hair Loss: Thinning hair or male-pattern hair loss can also indicate elevated testosterone levels and can be a clue that a woman may have PCOS.
6) Acne: Many women with PCOS experience excessively oily skin and acne on places like their back as it is because of too much production and circulation of male hormones.
7) Hard Time Getting Pregnant: If you’ve been trying to get pregnant but aren’t having luck, you might want to get tested for PCOS. Due to the disruption of a normal menstrual cycle, the hormonal imbalance occurs.
8) Feelings Of Anxiety & Depression: Having PCOS can cause depression, irritability, and anxiety, 60 percent of women with PCOS have at least one mental health problem such as stress, chronic pain, anxiety and depression.
Left untreated, PCOS can lead to other issues such as diabetes and heart disease, but with some lifestyle changes and different treatments, many women are able to help treat their symptoms.