Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that affects one in ten Irish women and can be problematic when trying to conceive. The syndrome is caused by an imbalance of sex hormones and insulin, which can have an impact on a woman’s fertility and health. The disorder displays many symptoms and is increasingly common in Ireland and throughout the world. Symptoms of the syndrome usually come to light in a woman’s late teens and early twenties. Even though the disorder varies in severity it is always good to be aware of your health. The following are symptoms of PCOS that you can keep an eye out for.
- Irregular Periods
Infrequent periods are a sign that not everything is functioning as it should. Monthly periods indicate that you are ovulating which is vital for conception. If you have gone for more than two months without a period you should visit your doctor and discuss your options. Mark your period discreetly on a calendar or in a dairy to decipher how irregular your cycle is.
- Excess Hair
Hersutism is an increase in the hair growth on the face, chest, tummy and back and is a common symptom of PCOS. The hair growth is caused by an increased amount of male hormones in the body such as testosterone, which encourages the growth of darker thicker hairs around the body.
- Weight Gain
Women with PCOS can find it especially difficult to lose weight and incredibly easy to gain. Four in ten women with the disorder are overweight or obese.
Angry spots and very oily skin in your twenties can be an indicator that you have PCOS.
- Anxiety or Depression
Because of the hormone imbalance, some women who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome suffer from depression and anxiety. Paired with other symptoms it is important that you get yourself checked out especially if you are trying to start a family.