What is PCOS and What are the Symptoms?

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 symptoms including weight gain, hair growth, fatigue, acne, poor sleep, mood changes, pelvic pain, and headaches. 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.

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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