Extra growth of dark or coarse hair on on the upper lip, cheeks, chin, top of the arms, inner thighs, lower belly, breasts, and lower back. Less often, it can show up on the chest, upper back, and upper abdomen.
One in 5 women who experience difficulty becoming pregnant has PCOS. This makes PCOS the most common cause of infertility.
Women of all ages from the teen years onward experience pimples, clogged pores, and oily skin. But PCOS can cause you to have these symptoms all the time, no matter what treatments you try. Creams, toners, and antibiotic pills often donât help acne when you have PCOS.
6. Dark Skin Patches
PCOS can also cause you to have patches or darker, velvety-looking skin. It most often occurs in the groin, under the breasts, in the armpits, and at the back of the neck.
Women having PCOD often expirences headaches due to hormonal changes.
Women with PCOS have significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety than women without PCOS. Depression can produce feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue and irritability. Other symptoms include physical pain, irregular sleep, difficulty concentrating, and digestive problems.
A less common, but still notable and upsetting, effect of PCOS is alopecia, thinning scalp hair. It may look like youâre losing hair in the same pattern some men doâon the top of your scalp, toward your forehead, or at your temples. Or your hair may appear thinner all over your head. There are several other possible causes of thinning head hair in women, such as diet, other endocrine disorders (such as hypothyroidism), stress, and infection.