PCOS Symptoms

If you experience symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), they’ll usually become apparent in your late teens or early 20s.

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What are the early symptoms of PCOS? 

There is evidence to suggest that PCOS is a genetic condition that you are born with. However, you are very unlikely to experience symptoms or be aware you suffer from it until after puberty. In some cases, the symptoms do not become apparent until in your 20s or 30s.

Having an irregular menstrual cycle is one of the most common symptoms from having PCOS. However, it is fairly common to have irregular periods in the first few years after your first period. So, if you are a teenager and only just started having periods you should not worry yet if they are not regular. 


Another symptom of PCOS is suffering from acne or having skin problems. Again, this is very common in teenagers due to reasons other than PCOS. Other early symptoms of PCOS include painful periods, hirsutism (unwanted hair growth) and weight gain. If you suffer from some or all of these symptoms there is a chance you have PCOS. 

What are the common symptoms of PCOS?

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Description automatically generatedPCOS Fertility Issues. Reduced fertility, difficulty becoming pregnant

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Description automatically generatedPeriod Problems. Irregular periods or no periods

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Description automatically generatedPolycystic Ovaries (PCO). Small cysts on the ovaries.

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Description automatically generatedPregnancy Complications. Increased risk of developing diabetes or high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) during pregnancy.

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Description automatically generatedWeight Issues. Weight problems, being overweight, rapid weight gain, difficulty losing weight.

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Description automatically generatedMetabolic syndrome. Raised cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia (cardiovascular risk).

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Description automatically generatedAcne. Skin problems including oily skin, acne.

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Description automatically generatedUnwanted Hair Growth. Unwanted facial or body hair (hirsutism).

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Description automatically generatedAlopecia. Thinning head-hair or hair loss.

Should you see a doctor if you experience PCOS symptoms?

Absolutely. Ladies with PCOS can easily make mistakes when attempting to diagnose themselves. This is because the symptoms can be due to a number of different conditions or lifestyle choices. 

If you suspect you have PCOS, you should arrange an appointment with your doctor and share your concerns with them and they will help to provide you with an accurate diagnosis after running tests and scanning your ovaries. If you do get diagnosed with PCOS then there are a number of different treatment options and lifestyle changes that might be suggested to you. 

Unusual symptoms of PCOS:

Due to the name ‘Polycystic Ovary Syndrome’ most people assume that the condition mainly effects ovarian function. However, PCOS is actually a hormonal disorder and can have other unusual effects on your body. In some cases, the excess androgens (male hormones) can cause male pattern baldness and thinning hair. PCOS also interferes with how the body produces insulin, which often results in sufferers being overweight. Suffering from PCOS not only makes you more likely to be overweight, but it also makes it difficult to lose that weight.

What are the most severe symptoms of PCOS?

Issues with producing insulin can result in difficulties maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. This means that PCOS sufferers are more likely to suffer from diabetes. On top of this, some studies suggest that ladies with PCOS are more likely to have high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. 

Managing your PCOS symptoms:

Inofolic Alpha is a unique formulation that contains myo-inositol, folic  acid and alpha-lactalbumin. These ingredients in combination help to  alleviate the symptoms of PCOS. 

Myo-inositol is a key ingredient in Inofolic Alpha; it helps reduce the  symptoms of PCOS such as unwanted hair, acne and oily skin. It also  improves ovulation and egg quality, especially in women with PCOS.

Why Inofolic® Alpha is different… 

It works differently to other PCOS supplements by improving the  intestinal absorption of myo-inositol to reduce insulin resistance,  normalise hormone levels and reduce inflammation in PCOS women.

 “ Inofolic Alpha has greatly improved my acne, which I have been trying to keep at bay all my life. It also helps me with my menstrual  problems. I couldn’t do without it anymore”. – Giulia 

 “ Just about a month of taking this and the unwanted facial & neck  hair I was sprouting has literally stopped! It’s the first time in years I’ve had no bristly bits on the bottom left of my chin! ” Louise

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Can I take Inofolic Alpha for PCOS symptoms although I don't want to get pregnant?

Yes, you can take Inofolic Alpha to help with the symptoms of PCOS when you are not trying for a baby. Inofolic Alpha has been shown to correct hormonal imbalances and help with all symptoms of PCOS, such as irregular periods, acne, weight problems and facial hair growth. Please click on the link for more information: https://www.fertilityfamily.co.uk/inofolic-alpha/pcos-treatments/pcos-facial-hair-growth. Inofolic Alpha is designed to help manage the symptoms of Insulin Resistance, common in patients with PCOS, with around 65 – 80% of PCOS women affected. It provides important metabolic support for insulin metabolism and that of several other hormones. Inofolic Alpha contains alpha-lactalbumin which assists with absorption of myo-inositol. Should you decide to use this product, but do not wish to get pregnant, please ensure that you use appropriate contraception.

Is it okay to take Inofolic Alpha whilst on the contraceptive pill?

We see no reason why you shouldn’t take Inofolic Alpha whilst taking the OCP (oral contraceptive pill). Inofolic Alpha is designed to help manage the symptoms of PCOS. A clinical study showed, with a combination of Myo-Inositol and OCPs, anti-androgenic effects are enhanced, the negative impact of OCPs on weight gain is balanced, and metabolic profile is improved. Inofolic Alpha contains Myo-Inositol.

Can PCOS cause rapid weight gain?

PCOS can make women much more susceptible to weight gain.  This is linked to insulin resistance, which is common, comprising 65%-80% of all PCOS women.  Inofolic Alpha improves insulin resistance.  PCOS women reduced weight by 6% within 6 months, when treated with Inofolic.

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