The Symptoms

The Symptoms

A common question I’m asked is what exactly are the symptoms of PCOS? Surprisingly PCOS is a broad range of symptoms, everyone’s experience can be different. Ultimately you only have to have 2 of the 3 main symptoms to be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Common signs and symptoms:

If you believe you may have PCOS it is very important that you contact your doctor. I’ve composed a list of the most common signs that you may have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:

  • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth on the face, chin, chest, and other unwanted places)
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycle)
  • Menorrhagia (excessive or heavy bleeding and clotting during cycle)
  • Ovarian cyst-
  • Acne
  • Endometriosis
  • Thinning of hair or male patterned baldness.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dark patches on skin-
  • Difficulty managing weight (usually obesity)
  • Dorsocervical fat pad (buffalo hump on the back of the neck)
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Insulin resistance
  • Decreased libido
  • and MANY more

My personal symptoms

I would like to share my personal symptoms with you. My goal is to be transparent in sharing my journey. Ultimately I want to spread awareness and support through out the PCOS community. Throughout the years I felt alone and unheard. Below is a list showing the symptoms I face caused by my PCOS.

  • Hirsutism
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Amenorrhea
  • Menorrhagia
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Thinning hair and bald spots
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • Obesity/difficulty managing weight
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Hormone Irregularity
  • Endometriosis
  • Dorsocervical fat pad

Ultimately you only have to have 3 of these symptoms to be diagnose with PCOS? If you have ANY 3 of these symptoms it is automatically written off as PCOS with absolutely no blood work. Why is that exactly? They will tell you to take some birth control or to lose weight. If you’ve been told this, don’t let it discourage you. PCOS is hard and is NOT your fault.

Lastly, PCOS is not curable it is manageable. It took me 7 different gynecologist over the years to fine ONE who was willing to even do blood work and target which hormone was acting up. You are not alone. If you have any question’s about PCOS that I may leave unanswered please feel free to use the contact page to reach out. I will help in anyway that I can.

xoxo, your favorite CYSTER.

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