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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Signs, Symptoms and Complications

Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may experience a wide variety of signs and symptoms that may vary in severity and over time. Often, the signs and symptoms seem unrelated, which can make recognizing the disorder difficult.

Some examples of signs and symptoms include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods, abnormal uterine bleeding, or lack of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • Ovaries with multiple cysts (polycystic); enlarged ovaries
  • Pelvic pain
  • Excess facial and body hair growth (hirsutism)
  • Weight gain or obesity, especially with fat distribution in center of the body
  • Acne, darkening or thickening of the skin (acanthosis nigricans) and/or skin tags in the armpits or neck
  • Deeper voice (rare)
  • Male pattern baldness, thinning hair

Some of the complications associated with PCOS include:

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