PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a complex disorder affecting women of childbearing age. If you have symptoms of PCOS, visit expert physicians at The Women’s Health Group, P.A. At the practice’s offices in West and East Manhattan, Kansas, a highly skilled team of OB/GYNs can diagnose your condition and help minimize problems like weight gain, acne, and infertility. To get help with PCOS, call The Women’s Health Group, P.A. today or book an appointment online.
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a hormonal condition that affects some women during their childbearing years. The root cause of PCOS is unknown, but possible triggers include:
PCOS might develop when you start menstruating or if you experience irregular or infrequent periods. When you have PCOS, your periods might last longer than usual.
Androgens are male sex hormones, but women have them too in small amounts. Excessive levels of androgens can cause hirsutism (excessive facial and body hair growth), male-pattern baldness, and acne.
The essential hormone insulin regulates your blood sugar levels. Sometimes the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, making your blood sugar rise to harmful levels. This triggers Type 2 diabetes and increases the risk of excessive androgen production.
PCOS might develop if you gain a significant amount of weight. The condition can also cause obesity and make it hard to lose weight.
Without expert treatment, PCOS can lead to serious health problems, such as:
PCOS is also a leading cause of female infertility.
There’s no cure for PCOS, so The Women’s Health Group, P.A. team focuses on optimal symptom management and treating any complications. The primary treatment for PCOS is medication.
Medications like the combination birth control pill contain the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Raising these hormone levels helps decrease androgen production, relieving common PCOS symptoms like acne and hirsutism and lowering your risk of endometrial cancer.
Alternatives to birth control pills include a hormonal patch or vaginal ring, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Other drugs that can help treat PCOS include gonadotropins to rebalance your hormone levels and metformin to reduce insulin resistance.
A healthy diet and active lifestyle also help you manage your PCOS more effectively.
PCOS quite often causes fertility problems, so visit The Women’s Health Group, P.A. if you’re having difficulties conceiving. They can check your reproductive hormone levels at their onsite lab and prescribe medications to help you ovulate.
PCOS also increases your risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
If you have symptoms of PCOS, get an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care by calling The Women’s Health Group, P.A. today. You can also book an appointment online.