Do thinning hair and face breakouts have anything to do with my infertility? The answer is maybe. A syndrome called Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a grouping of symptoms linked to infrequent ovulation. This is a complex hormonal disturbance,affecting up to 30% of all premenopausal women.
Signs and symptoms If you have PCOS, you may still have normal reproductive organs (uterus and fallopian tubes). You may also be experiencing one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Menstrual disturbances
- Irregular or absent periods
- No bleeding to excessive spotting
- Cycle lengths more than thirty-five days
- PMS and pelvic pain
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Hair and skin problems (acne, seborrhea, balding, and more)
While any and all of these symptoms may be part of polycystic ovary syndrome, it is the triad of irregular periods, skin problems and excess weight that is usually indicative of PCOS. But that is not to say that lean and athletic women are exempt.
With polycystic ovary syndrome, the hair and skin problems are often more common than either menstrual cycle irregularity or obesity. These skin disorders are related to an increase in the level of male hormones (hyperandrogenism). The good news is that the fewer symptoms you have for PCOS, the greater your response should be to medication and treatment. Your OBGYN may be able to diagnose and treat your PCOS, however, if you have been unable to conceive for one year (for women under 35) or 6 months (for women over 35) it is time to see the experts at Coastal Fertility. Call 843-883-5800 to schedule a consulation.