The PCOS diagnosis is sometimes difficult to make. The disease seems to effect each woman differently, with some experiencing all of the symptoms and others experiencing only one or two , take the following test. Answer the questions below as honestly as possible.

Do you have irregular or absent periods?
This is usually the first sign that may indicate that a woman has PCOS. Of course, other circumstances and illnesses associated with irregular or absent periods can exist.

Do you have abnormal hair growth?
Abnormal hair growth in the specific areas such as face, lower abdomen, back and chest are helpful to diagnose PCOS. It is not typical for women to have extremely thick hair growth in these areas, so your health professional should observe any sudden increase in the thickness and/or darkening of hair in these regions.

Do you struggle with acne?
While this can be a symptom of a variety of illnesses, when it occurs later in life in conjunction other symptoms of PCOS, it is a reason for concern and should be considered in making the PCOS diagnosis. This is especially the case for women who did not deal with severe acne in their youth.

Do you have one or more skin tags?
These small flaps of skin can be found on the neck, armpits, and groin area. They can become quite painful, and are easily irritated by excessive rubbing against skin or clothing. While the cause of skin tags is not directly known, they are a fairly common symptom of PCOS.

Does your hair fall out frequently or do you experience male pattern baldness?
Hair loss is another symptom that can be related to a variety of illnesses. However, when it is seen in conjunction with other PCOS symptoms, it may serve as an indicator of PCOS .

Do you have darkened, thick skin?
This particular symptom is an especially serious one since it cannot only indicate PCOS, but other more severe illnesses. Pay special attention if the darkened thick skin appears in the armpits, thighs, neck, or on the vulva.

Are you overweight?
Women with PCOS often struggle with being overweight as the hormone imbalance makes it difficult to shed extra pounds.

Do you carry excess weight in your midsection?
This is a classic symptom of insulin resistance related to polycystic ovarian disease. Left untreated, this condition can progress to diabetes so make sure you address this.