Question for Betty.
 
I have irregular periods and recently went to a Dr. and she said I may have PCOS based on my hormone levels (which are normal but high in the normal ranges) and irregular periods.  I've taken a few pregnancy test and they all came back negative so she said she didn't need to test me in office.
My concern is I'm gaining weight in my stomach, and it feels hard.  I may be getting my period soon, but I wouldn't know.  I have zero symptoms of pregnancy, but what if it's one of those.  I took a few tests and all are negative. Just paranoid I am pregnant, I don't want to be but I almost look like it.
 
Betty's Answer.
 
You are very concerned that you may be pregnant, due to irregular periods, and weight gain.  I have some questions also.
When was your last period? If you have had unprotected intercourse since your last period you could be pregnant.  However, if you have taken multiple pregnancy tests since that episode of unprotected intercourse, you are not pregnant.  
You may want to discuss starting oral contraceptives with your health care provider, which would protect you from pregnancy and help your periods become more regular and predictable.

Women with PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome may have hormone levels which are abnormal. In general, too much of the male hormones (androgens) and too little of the female hormones (estrogens) are produced, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg every month.

PCOS may cause a number of symptoms, which may or may not include:
  • Irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • Problems with fertility
  • Weight gain
  • Heavy hair growth on the face and body
  • Male-pattern hair loss on the head
  • Acne 
I would encourage you to discuss birth control options with your health care provider at this time.