Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) isn’t always easy to diagnose because the condition can produce a variety of symptoms

It is also possible that some women may not even experience any symptoms at all. In this case, the condition may only be diagnosed if the woman is being assessed for infertility.

Here are some symptoms that may suggest you have PCOS and need to talk to your doctor about it.

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Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome

Possible symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome include:

  • Noticeable facial hair
  • The absence of periods or irregular periods
  • Acne and very oily skin
  • Being overweight

If you experience any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor as PCOS may place you at a greater risk of developing diabetes.

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What will your doctor do?

Your doctor will test your hormone levels by undertaking blood tests. He may also do an ultrasound scan to check for ovarian cysts.

Possible treatment

Treatment for PCOS may include hormone therapy or infertility treatment and drugs to reduce the risk of diabetes.

The treatment will depend on whether you are planning to have a baby or not, as well as on the severity of your symptoms.

Hormone therapy may be prescribed if you are not planning a baby but if you are, then infertility treatment may be rendered.

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Managing symptoms

Try to manage your symptoms by controlling your stress levels as well as watching your weight.

High-stress levels may upset your hormone levels so consider engaging in some relaxation techniques to help you keep cool and calm.

At the same time, you should pay attention to your weight and blood glucose levels. Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help you to maintain an ideal weight.

Source: Women’s Health for Life, Dr Sarah Jarvis & a team of world-class women doctors

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