The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCO)

PCO is the most common hormonal disorder in women. The syndrome does not manifest itself in equal strength and with same symptoms in all cases.

What are the symptoms of PCO?

Elevated levels of male sex hormones (e.g. testosterone) lead to:

  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Thin hairs
  • Widow's peak resp. high male hairline at the forehead
  • Head skin visible under the hairs
  • Facial hair around the upper lip and the cheeks
  • Noticeable hairs of the inner thighs and the lower abdomen
  • Weight problems, overweight, ravenous appetite attacks
  • Problems with the monthly cycle: usually an irregular menstruation occurs after 2-3 months
  • The ultrasonic picture of the ovaries is conspicuous: they are enlarged and numerous small follicles, resp. "cysts" are found "like beads on a string" on the surface. Hence the description poly (=many) cystic (=sacs) ovaries
  • Inability to conceive
  • Striking hormone levels: during the menstruation, the LH (luteinizing hormone) is pronouncedly higher than the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), e.g. LH 12.5 units and FSH 5.2 units.

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