What is PCOS and What are the Symptoms?


Updated November 19, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic endocrine disorder in women. It is one of the most common causes of female infertility. PCOS can cause missed or irregular menstrual periods. Women with PCOS may have false positive ovulation test results due to higher LH levels.

There are other possible symptoms including ovaries that are large or have cysts, infertility, weight gain, excess body hair, baldness or thinning of hair, acne, small pieces of excess skin, or dark or thick patches on the skin.

Since a lot of health issues cause these symptoms, they may not lead to an awareness of PCOS easily.   

Although PCOS may cause infertility, a lot of women with PCOS can still get pregnant successfully. But it is important to know your have PCOS or not and know how to get pregnant with PCOS. If you have tried to get pregnant but have not been successful after 6 months, it is important to do a preliminary diagnosis at home.

An irregular period and non-typical LH Progression pattern will be the most obvious symptoms to alert you to PCOS.  

Log and track your period with an easy and smart app like Premom to figure out your period cycle.  Tests like the Premom Quantitative Ovulation Test Strips can help you more precisely pinpoint your LH Surge by giving you your exact LH levels.  While a BBT thermometer can help you confirm that you've found the right LH Surge and peak.  Learn more about BBT here.

There are several variables to an LH Progression pattern with PCOS. One of the significant LH Progression pattern is similar to the chart below.

If your pattern is like this, you are probably suffering from PCOS.  We recommend visiting your doctor for a confirmatory diagnosis, sharing with your doctor the above information for them to make a specific diagnosis.  

Premom is a free digital ovulation reader and can assist you with both your data-tracking, including period tracking and ovulation tracking all in one place.

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