I’ve seen a lot of ladies asking about the symptoms of PCOS lately. These are either people who suspect they might have PCOS, or are newly diagnosed. This got me thinking about all the things that happen, or have happened, with my body over the years and am wondering whether some or all of them are to do with PCOS. I thought I’d write a list of other symptoms that may be linked to PCOS.

There are the obvious symptoms that are widely talked about:

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Cysts on your ovaries
  • Hair growth / loss
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Bad skin
  • Infertility
  • Lack of ovulation

But what about the other things that happen with our bodies?  Are there other symptoms that could be linked to PCOS?  PCOS is an endocrine disorder which affects the whole body, not just our ovaries, so there must be other symptoms that occur which are overlooked.

Here are some of the things I’ve suffered with over the years (as well as the list above) that may or may not be related to PCOS (I think a lot of them are linked to it). I don’t get all these things all the time, but they have or do happen.

  • Water retention (this is actually the thing that alerted the doctor I might have PCOS as my fingers were so swollen)
  • Swollen, painful toes
  • Dry mouth and feeling thirsty
  • Aching muscles and muscle fatigue after simple tasks – some days drying my hair is too hard!
  • Dark circles under my eyes – these never go!
  • Breathing difficulties – asthma
  • Poor sleep – always wake up tired
  • Really groggy in the morning
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Tonsilitis – I had this A LOT in my teens to late 20s
  • Brain fog
  • Poor memory
  • No energy
  • Painful periods and bad PMT
  • Anxiety
  • Slipped disc in my back, back pain and sciatica
  • Dyslexic with numbers (I spoke to my mum today and she said she knew 3 people who have PCOS and all 3 are dyslexic with numbers!)
  • Never feel full when I eat
  • Rosacea (short-term red blotchy patches on skin normally after a shower)
  • Hot flushes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sebacious cysts around my body
  • Skin tags
  • Easy bruising
  • Take a long time to heal
  • Heat rash
  • Crying at silly things – mainly when watching the tele!
  • Find it hard to use my hands sometimes – gripping stuff isn’t easy some days
  • Falling asleep or feeling extreme tiredness after eating some foods

There are probably loads of other things that I haven’t even paid attention to, but they’re the main things I can think of.

Have you had any other symptoms that could be linked to PCOS? Have you got PCOS and had any of the symptoms I’ve listed?  Leave a comment below and let me know.


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