2. Excessive Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
For me this has always been one of the more difficult symptoms. I have to keep up with hair growth far more than other women my age. If I shave my legs in the morning, they are prickly by the time I go to bed that night. I always had a unibrow growing up and I have hair growth down the side of my face and under my chin. The hair isn't course like a man's beard it is very soft and fine. It’s embarrassing to admit that even on here. I take care of all of this constantly so no one will know (until now). Eyebrows and face have to be waxed, legs shaved every single day (I’m allergic to Nair and other hair removal creams, so I have to shave). Some women develop hair around their nipples or a “happy trail” leading down to their naughty bits. Excessive hair on the arms/hands and toes is also a common sign. Instead of this male pattern hair growth you may instead experience male pattern baldness. Excessively thin head hair and bald spots are an alarming sign of PCOS.