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.