How does PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) affect the body?

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) affects fertility, hair, skin, mental health, and various skin conditions such as sleep apnoea and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

It affects fertility in various ways. It leads to no periods or periods that are irregular or infrequent. There may be heavy immature ovarian eggs that do not ovulate and multiple ‘cysts’ on the ovaries. It leads to difficulty in getting pregnant, and even if someone conceives, it may lead to some health challenges during pregnancy.

PCOS also affects your hair, skin, and body. It causes excess facial and/or body hair (hirsutism), scalp hair loss (alopecia), acne on the face and/or body that can be severe, darkened skin patches (acanthosis nigricans), and weight gain.

It also has an impact on your mental and emotional health. It can lead to mood changes, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor body image and thus impacts your quality of life.

There are other health conditions also associated with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) such as sleep apnoea (a sleep disorder in which abnormal pauses of breathing occur during sleep), increased risk of diabetes with early onset, sexual health challenges, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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