Signs You Might Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

If you have been struggling with irregular or painful periods, difficulty getting pregnant, or other odd signs with your monthly cycle, you might want to visit your OBGYN. It is possible that you have a medical condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is a common reproductive condition that can affect women of childbearing age, and it can keep you from getting pregnant. Here are some signs of PCOS so you know if you should visit your gynecologist.

You Have Difficulty Conceiving

This tends to be one of the more common signs of having PCOS, especially when combined with the other signs. If you have been trying to conceive a child for a while and have not been successful, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. It is possible that PCOS is contributing to the lack of conception. With this condition, you are not ovulating regularly, which is causing your late or missing periods. Without ovulation, you can't get pregnant. It also makes it harder to know when you will ovulate, since it is often late or unpredictable.

Your Periods Are Irregular

PCOS causes hormone levels to fluctuate, usually getting too high, which can lead to irregular or missing periods. This is due to having too much of the androgen hormone in your system. While it is true that irregular periods might be nothing serious, it is still a good reason to visit your gynecologist and have more tests done. Even if it isn't from this condition, other medical conditions could be contributing to the lack of periods, so it is still a good reason to get checked out.

Your Facial Hair and Acne Is Worsening

The increase in hormones can also contribute to two major changes, especially on your face: acne and hair growth. Women who already had some hairs on their face won't notice this change so they are used to it. However, if as an adult you notice more prominent hair growth on your face, nest, upper thighs, or chest, then this might be from polycystic ovarian syndrome. You may also have severe acne on your face that you did not have before and that seems to not respond to standard acne treatments.

Even if you only have one of these signs, such as irregular periods, it is always recommended that you let your doctor know about it. The sooner you do that, the sooner you can get diagnosis and find out your treatment options.