PolycystiPolycystic ovarian syndromec ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the s3x hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance and this can lead to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries) and it can affect a women’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiac function, and appearance. Signs like menstrual irregularities, body hair and acne are what majorly comes to mind when talking about the symptoms of PCOS but there are other symptoms that are unknown to most women. Below are 4 unusual symptoms of PCOS you need to know.

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Dark underarms: “PCOS can cause dark underarms in addition to excessive hair growth on the back and tummy so if you have dark underarms coupled with weight gain or menstrual problems, it might be a sign of PCOS”.

Skin discoloration: “Acne is a common symptom of PCOS; however, abnormal skin discoloration or acanthosis nigricans as a sign of Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS is not known by many, they can been as patches of thickened, velvety, darkened skin, it is related to insulin resistance and/or excess weight”.

Sleep apnea: “A symptom that indicates endocrinal disorder, sleep apnea as a sign of Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS should not be ignored, it can leave you exhausted during the day”.

Anxiety: “As numerous changes happen in the body, women suffering from Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS can also experience anxiety and stress and instead of ignoring it, it is wise to consult a doctor to know the solutions available and get treated”.

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