Polycystic ovary syndrome is incredibly challenging. Woman generally present with a myriad of symptoms ranging from acne (especially cystic), infertility, blood sugar problems, excessive hair growth on face, irregular and painful periods, trouble losing weight. It is possible to have a few of these symptoms, or all of these symptoms, depending upon how far the PCOS has progressed.
The Rotterdam Criteria
Only two of the three criteria are necessary for a PCOS diagnosis:
- Delayed ovulation or menstrual cycles
- Hyperandrogenism/high androgenic hormones like testosterone
- Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound
Standard medical treatment really only looks at treating the symptoms of PCOS.