Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimate that roughly 1 in 20 women in their childbearing years have PCOS. Also, by now you’re likely aware that your hormones have a huge impact on your body. Hormones govern a wide range of essential bodily functions — right from metabolism to hair growth and from acne to menstruation.
However, in female patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), male hormones (or androgens) become imbalanced and can cause serious complications, and even increase the risk of certain chronic diseases, like type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Knowing combinations of few symptoms and signs can help you with early detection. Keep a note of these 6 signs and symptoms of PCOS, and SHARE!
1Surprise Hair Growth
While each and every one of us have plucked a super long hair from our chins at some point. Dr. Anuja Dokras, MD, and director of the Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center, says occasional odd hairs sprouting up are nothing to cause alarm.
However, Dr. Dokras notes that significant hair growth (or hirsutism) on the upper lip, chin, and side of the face (i.e., sideburns) is considered an early warning sign of PCOS and should be brought to your doctor’s attention. If a patient with POSC does get pregnant, doctors will often refer them to an OB-GYN who specializes in high-risk pregnancies (i.e., risk of premature births, miscarriages, and gestational diabetes).