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Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on August 24th, 2016

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Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS | Women's Health

Common PCOS SymptomsSeptember is just around the corner.  While the weather cools and the leaves begin their change from green to glorious oranges, yellows and reds, our thoughts turn to PCOS.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Didn't expect that, right?

September is PCOS Awareness Month

September is PCOS month and we are dedicated to helping women understand this very common endocrine syndrome.

Why?  Because it can play havoc with your health. And because the other half of that statement is that it is manageable with the right health care providers and the vital information that you need about food, exercise and other lifestyle choices.

Whether you have been diagnosed with PCOS recently, decades ago, or have symptoms that have gone unexplained, you can find answers right here.

PCOS Symptoms

Here's an overview of possible PCOS symptoms for September, taken directly from womenshealth.gov:

  • Infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating. In fact, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. (Editor's note: this should be considered more correctly as sub-fertility, because with the right health management, pregnancies are attainable.)
  • Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
  • Hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um) — increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
  • Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
  • Pelvic pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep

RMACT's board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and fertility nutritionists will be covering PCOS all month long, starting next week. 

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.