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Skin changes in PCOS


Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition where dark patches appear on the neck. This condition has now been linked to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Acanthosis nigricans and Hirsutism have now both been linked to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms due to a hormone imbalance in women. Signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, trouble getting pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin. Associated conditions include type 2 diabetes, obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, heart disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer.

A simple hormone profile can identify women at risk of PCOS and a Glucose Tolerance test with Insulin levels can also be helpful by picking up the early signs of Type 2 Diabetes in these women.