What Are The Symptoms Associated with PCOS?

Common Symptoms With Known Causes:

  • Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)
  • Weight Gain, especially around the abdomen
  • Increased Facial & Body Hair
  • Amenorrhoea (no menstrual periods)
  • Oligomenorrhoea (infrequent menstrual periods)
  • Infertility
  • Lack of Energy

Less Common Symptoms That Have Been Linked to PCOS:


15 Responses to Symptoms

  1. Juliey7 says:

    I wonder if there is any link to the toxic products we use every day and if there is a link to hormones from our foods?

    • My PCOS Info says:

      Julie thank you for your comment. I expect you are right. I am not aware of any definitive studies in this area other than the recent findings regarding steroid hormones in mice which I reported here, however it would not surprise me in the slightest if future research confirms negative effects from toxic chemicals in our food and environment.

      Certainly for women with steroid hormone imbalances such as those with PCOS, it is very good advice to minimise as best you can any additional exposure to steroids and prohormones from food and environmental sources.

      The experts seem to be quite polarised in their opinions on soy. Some swear by it, others warn you to stay well away from it unless it is fermented.

      It is very hard to know what is safe in the long term these days … we have come so far in terms of research and development of new chemicals and chemical combinations, yet so little testing of the medium and long term side effects has been done.

      I’m glad you’ve found some useful information on my site, Julie and I hope you’ll keep checking back for new additions.

      All the best,


  2. Juliey7 says:

    Do you know if any research has been done in the area pertaining to adding hormones to the beef, chicken, eggs and dairy we eat?

    I know I do better if I stay away from the commercial brands and then certain times of the month I stay away from milk, eggs and such. Even soy has an affect on me that is not positive.

    Seems like there is always something being added to this or that without finding out the long term affects.

    Glad you have this site and that you are helping others. Our main concern has been the immune system and excema. We all need to keep learning.

    Thanks for the information.

  3. an says:

    Hi, are you able to respond to my questions on the DCI page?

    • My PCOS Info says:

      Hi An,
      I’ve replied to your questions via email, as the response was quite lengthy and I can’t approve all the comments I get. I try and put up the questions that most people seem to want answered.
      Maybe check your spam folder? I’ve sent the reply through again from a different email address. Let me know if it doesn’t come through.
      Kind regards,

  4. an says:

    Yes I did, and thanks for the flyer too 🙂

  5. MissJames says:

    I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and was put on a regimen of spironolactone, birth control, and metformin. If I want to try DCI-is it okay to do this while on the other meds or should I cut back on them? I haven’t been able to find information about coming off the pharmaceuticals and going natural. Does anyone know where I can find this info?

    • My PCOS Info says:

      DCI has a separate mechanism of action to the medications you are already on, so it is safe to take it in conjunction with them. In fact, many women do. You may find as you start taking DCI that you require less metformin, as they both affect insulin sensitivity and glucose disposal in the body.

      This website provides plenty of general information on the natural alternatives to help PCOS, however, I would strongly suggest you find a doctor who is sympathetic to this approach to help you make the transition. Coming off all those drugs is a process that will need to be completed sensitively (for the metformin and birth control pills anyway).

      I know finding a good PCOS doctor is much easier said than done and a naturopathic one probably even harder, but I do think that is the best course of action.

      Good luck!

    • My PCOS Info says:

      DCI is perfectly fine to take with those medications. My only suggestion is to keep an eye on your blood sugar as adding in DCI may increase the effect of the metformin and you may be able to reduce your dose of metformin. The switch from pharmaceutical control to natural management would be best conducted under the guidance of an experienced health care practitioner.

  6. V says:


    SInce I’ve been 16 years, I’ve had these irregular bleedings. Sometimes they would last a month and doctors just put me on birth control and never said what I had. Also stated I had to loss the weight and things would go back to a normal cycle. I’m 32 now, went through several doctors and she finally told me that I “might” have PCOs. Problem is now I’ve been bleeding for 45 days and left several messages with the doctor. The birth control prescribe is not working. So I’m curious about this DCI, will it help me with my cycles?

  7. c garner says:

    am 52 , on 125mg thyroxine and my period has lasted 11 days would your treatment help? thanks

    • My PCOS Info says:

      Christine, If you have PCOS, then according to the clinical studies, you have an 86% chance of DCI helping you.

      Something else to consider, though, is that as you approach menopause and your hormone levels start changing, heavier or longer periods can become quite common.
      If you are worried about it, though, please speak to your doctor. If you would like me to email you the studies on DCI (d-chiro inositol) so that you and your doctor can discuss whether DCI may be a helpful option for you, just let me know. Good luck.

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