Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Okay, so we have PCOS symptoms, oh my god, so many, right? So what are the symptoms of PCOS or polycystic ovaries? Well, PCOS presents a complex in a baffling array of symptoms.
Each woman with PCOS will have some combination of the following symptoms, though they may not have all of them. That's why PCOS women can really vary in the symptoms that they experience, but they will have some combination of all these symptoms.
So let's just run through them real quick.
Multiple ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovaries are usually larger than a normal healthy ovary. They're usually about two to five times larger than the healthy ovaries. Usually you can experience irregular or absent menses or your periods.
Some struggle with infertility.
Some struggle with acne.
Obesity is a big one, the inability to lose weight no matter how hard you try. Whatever diets you go into this. Sometimes it can happen but it's just so much harder for a woman who has PCOS.
Also excessive body or facial hair? This is called hirsutism. You can see it on the chin or you know the beard area, or just the neck or sometimes the chest, just all the areas you don't really want it as a woman.
There's insulin resistance, which sometimes can possibly lead to diabetes, you have to be careful with that.
Another big one that's pretty common is the thinning of the scalp hair. You know, a lot of women can struggle with that. This one definitely affects a lot of women's self esteem.
Velvety or hyper pigmented skin, called acanthosis nigricans. And the crazy thing about this is there've been so many people who just thought that the back of their neck was dirty. And it wasn't, it just came from this condition. These PCOS symptoms you can see are more prevalent in insulin resistant women. It's like a telltale sign. And it doesn't have to just be on the back of your neck. You can also find it under the arms or in your pubic areas.
There's high blood pressure.
Multiple hormone imbalances.
So a lot of people have asked like, you know, what blood test have you sought out to check for those imbalances.
Then number one place to check is your androgens, that's pretty much another name for testosterone. And they'll test your total testosterone and your free testosterone, cortisone levels, estrogen, your FSH, which is your follicle stimulating hormone, and also insulin.
To check for insulin resistance, you have LH which is your luteinizing hormone, progesterone, prolactin, even thyroid hormones. We've seen a lot of women with PCOS, who also have thyroid issues that can mimic some PCOS symptoms.
There's no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be treated. You can learn how to manage you symptoms. Sign up for a course or schedule a one-on-one Holistic Health Strategy Call.