Dr. Ronen OB/GYN
OB/GYNs located in Houston, TX
PCOS/Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal and metabolic problem that’s caused by imbalances in your ovaries. When you have PCOS, your ovaries may not develop eggs properly or release them normally.
PCOS often occurs when you have high levels of male hormones, or androgens. Androgens are responsible for PCOS symptoms, such as male-pattern baldness and increased facial hair.
High levels of insulin, like those found in people with type 2 diabetes, are also associated with PCOS. PCOS can also develop as a result of genetics.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Most women with PCOS are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. Evaluation for PCOS often occurs if you have trouble getting pregnant. Other signs of PCOS include:
- Irregular periods or absence of your period
- Increased hair growth on the chin or face
- Weight gain
- Hair loss that mimics male-pattern baldness
- Skin tags in the neck or armpit area
PCOS can lead to the development of cysts in your ovaries and interfere with your ability to get pregnant.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
To diagnose PCOS, our doctors first rules out other possible causes of your symptoms. You’ll undergo a thorough physical and pelvic exam and a review of your family and personal medical history.
If PCOS is suspected, our doctors will likely order a pelvic ultrasound that examines your ovaries for cysts. You’ll also have blood tests that check your hormone levels.
What is the treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a chronic condition and cannot be cured. The symptoms can be well-managed, however. Lifestyle changes are a powerful way to keep issues associated with PCOS to a minimum.
Dr. Pinky Ronen & Dr. Itai Ronen can help you with weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. Certain medicines, including birth control pills, can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
Although PCOS affects ovulation, many women with the condition have successful pregnancies. Medications, such as Clomid, help you ovulate so you can get pregnant naturally.
In some cases, especially if medications don’t work, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is recommended. Your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS are quite good, and it’s one of the most treatable causes of infertility.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ronen OB/GYN if you have symptoms that suggest PCOS. Call the office or book online today.
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