Symptoms of PCOS often start to develop around the time of the first menstrual period during puberty. Sometimes, PCOS will develop at later stages due to different environmental factors and various body conditions. You will be diagnosed with PCOS if you meet two or three of the following signs:
- Irregular periods.
- Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormone may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness.
- Polycystic ovaries. Your ovaries might be enlarged and contain follicles that surround the eggs. As a result, the ovaries might fail to function regularly.
- Metabolic syndrome. This appears as a tendency towards central obesity and other symptoms associated with insulin resistance.