Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) produce higher than normal levels of male hormones and as a result, it can impact their fertility.
Some common PCOS symptoms include:
1. Weight gain
Women suffering from PCOS will often have a degree of weight gain and/or obesity. Furthermore, almost 70% of women with PCOS will have insulin resistance and be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Women who have PCOS often suffer from ovulation issues where they have trouble releasing mature eggs. Ovulation problems will also prevent the lining of the uterus to shed each month and as a result some women may get less than eight periods a year.
3. Unwanted hair growth
The excess male hormones will often contribute to some physical signs such as excess facial hair (hirsutism) or even male pattern baldness.
4. Sleep problems
Many patients suffering from PCOS have reported insomnia or poor sleep patterns, often attributed to sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea occurs when the person will breathe for short periods of time during their sleep cycle and as they will not feel well rested.
Hormone imbalances and changes coupled with weight gain and symptoms such as unwanted hair growth can have a significant impact on mood and emotions which makes many women with PCOS are more susceptible to depression and anxiety.