Polycystic ovary syndrome
- absent, infrequent or irregular periods
- infertility - absent or irregular ovulation makes it impossible or difficult to conceive without treatment
- enlarged ovaries - polycystic ovaries are usually 1.5 to 3 times larger than normal. This can sometimes cause abdominal pains.
- obesity or weight gain - commonly fat-distribution is around the abdomen, giving a typical apple (rather than pear) shaped appearance
- hirsutism (excess hair) - can develop on the face, chest, stomach, breasts, thumbs or toes
- alopecia (thinning hair) - a male-pattern baldness can develop, with thinning at the top of the head and the temples
- acne - increased male hormones can lead to acne and dandruff
- increased blood levels of male hormones such as testosterone (known as hyperandrogenism)
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