What Are Some Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

What Are Some Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, include irregular periods, excess facial and body hair, acne, and enlarged ovaries, reports Mayo Clinic. Women should visit a health care provider to discuss concerns about menstrual periods, infertility, or signs of high androgen levels such as hair growth or male-pattern baldness.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects all women differently, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms typically worsen with obesity. Signs of PCOS can develop all throughout the reproductive years of a woman's life.

There is no test to diagnose PCOS; rather, the diagnosis is exclusive, or, in other words, all other possibilities are ruled out. Certain exams may be performed for diagnosis, including physical exams, pelvic exams, blood tests and ultrasounds.