When it comes to checking in on our health, many of us don't take much time to consider how their ovaries are doing, but our ovaries are a critical part of not just our reproductive system, but our entire body. Recognizing the subtle signs that something is off with your ovaries, no matter how large or small, can help you pinpoint any health issues going on that could potentially be more serious. Your ovarian health can affect everything from your overall energy levels to your fertility, so it's important to be aware of what's going on inside of your body.
"The ovaries serve an important function in the reproductive and endocrine systems," gynecologist Tami Prince, MD, tells Bustle. "Ovaries produce hormones that maintain both systems. When the ovaries are not functioning properly, this results in hormone imbalance, which can cause a number of issues." Dr. Prince points to an irregular period, infertility, and excess hair growth as possible issues.
To make sure your ovaries are in good health, you'll want to make sure you look out for any signs that something could be awry, and make sure you talk to your primary care doctor to check out anything that could be amiss. Here are eight subtle signs to watch out for, according to experts.