7. High Blood Pressure
PCOS is a disorder that might present cardiovascular complications.
This becomes apparent when one considers its most common symptoms, such as insulin resistance, high blood pressure (hypertension) and obesity.
Hypertension is a commonly occurring symptom in PCOS patients, especially in women with an increased body mass index (BMI), according to a 2015 study published in The American Journal of Hypertension.
If you have high blood pressure, are overweight or obese, and exhibit other symptoms of PCOS, you might just be an undiagnosed patient.
8. Abnormal Skin Discoloration
PCOS may trigger a skin abnormality that causes brown or black thick patches, that usually appear in skin folds, such as neck folds, forehead, navel, armpits, breasts, between the thighs, around the groin region and occasionally on the elbows, knees and hands. This is called acanthosis nigricans.
Out of 30 patients with acanthosis nigricans, six were diagnosed with PCOS, according to a 2011 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology.
Insulin resistance or high insulin levels in PCOS patients is responsible for the appearance of thick, corrosive, and discolored skin on various parts of the body.
These patches may be accompanied by skin tags, tiny skin-colored growths that appear like warts and hang from the skin.
Out of 33 PCOS patients (18 to 32 years old), 68.75 percent reported having acanthosis nigricans, according to a 2004 study published in the Middle East Fertility Society Journal.