When you say signs of PCOS, symptoms such as menstrual irregularities, acne and body hair come to the mind. However, there are few symptoms that are common but not known by many women. Here are four unusual symptoms of PCOS you need to be aware of! (With inputs from Dr Sabahat Rasool, Gynaecologist, Gynaecworld, Mumbai)
Dark underarms: Yes! PCOS can cause dark underarms in addition to excessive hair growth on the back and tummy. So if you have dark underarms coupled with weight gain or menstrual problems, it might be a sign of PCOS.
Sleep apnea: A symptom that indicates endocrinal disorder, sleep apnea as a sign of PCOS should not be ignored. It can leave you exhausted during the day.
Skin discoloration: Acne is a common symptom of PCOS; however, abnormal skin discoloration or acanthosis nigricans as a sign of PCOS is not known by many. Seen as patches of thickened, velvety, darkened skin, it is related to insulin resistance and/or excess weight.
Anxiety: As numerous changes happen in the body, women suffering from PCOS can also experience anxiety and stress. And instead of ignoring it, it is wise to consult a doctor to know the solutions available and get treated.