What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Symptoms
Twenty (20) women out of 100 (20%) have polycystic ovaries. In Greece, this rate might be even higher. It is very important to stress that women with polycystic ovaries do not necessarily have PCOS. Only 6-7% of women with polycystic ovaries have PCOS. Women with PCOS have more severe symptoms and other health problems.
Symptoms vary among women. The main symptoms are:
- Irregular period or no period at all
- Difficulty achieving pregnancy (infertility) because the woman does not produce oocytes or because she is not aware of her ovulation days (the prognosis for these women is very good and a pregnancy is almost certain following the right treatment)
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Excessive facial or body hair
- Increased body weight or weight gain, difficulty to lose weight
- Oily skin, acne
- In severe cases: male type body fat distribution (abdomen, thin legs)
- Mood changes
The cause of PCOS is not clear yet. Sometimes it seems to be hereditary: if one your relatives (mother, aunt, sister) had it, you are more likely to have it, too. If not treated,women with PCO are more prone to hypertension, heart disease, type II diabetes or other hormone-related conditions such asfibroids, endometrium hyperplasia or endometriosis. Women with PCO usually have hypertension, diabetes, infertility, miscarriages or obesity in their family medical history.