The Women's Specialists of Fayette
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Fayetteville, GA & Peachtree City, GA
If you’re like as many as 1 in 10 women, you may be affected by polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS can cause irregular periods and affect your chances of getting pregnant. The Women's Specialists of Fayette in Fayetteville, Georgia, can diagnose PCOS with a pelvic ultrasound available onsite. If you’re looking for relief from the symptoms of PCOS, call today or schedule a consultation online.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Q & A
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is caused by an imbalance of the reproductive hormones. This type of hormonal imbalance can create problems including irregular menstrual periods which can lead to infertility and/or development of ovarian cysts. The exact cause of POS is unknown but most experts believe that genetics, high levels of androgens, or high levels of insulin can play a role.
There is no single test that can diagnose PCOS. Your physician at The Women's Specialists of Fayette will start with a physical exam, followed by a pelvic exam. A pelvic ultrasound and blood tests may be ordered to sufficiently diagnose PCOS.
There is no cure for PCOS, however, you and your doctor will work together to develop a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms. There are medications and various steps at home you can take to help with PCOS.
What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder where your ovaries become enlarged and develop many small, fluid-filled cysts. PCOS is the most common hormonal reproductive problem in women, affecting an estimated 5-10% of women of childbearing age.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is brought on by an imbalance in your reproductive hormones. PCOS occurs when your ovaries and adrenal glands produce more male hormones — what are known as androgens — than is healthy. With too much androgen in your system, your menstrual cycle may become irregular and you may stop ovulating.
If you have PCOS, the condition may make it more difficult to become pregnant and produce other unwelcome symptoms.
Although the exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown, most experts believe that high levels of insulin may play a role. PCOS also tends to run in families.
What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
You may experience one or more of these symptoms or conditions with PCOS:
- Irregular or no menstrual cycles
- A growth of hair on your face and body
- Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
- Infertility or inability to conceive because you’re not ovulating
- Obesity or weight gain
- Pelvic pain
- Type 2 diabetes
You may also see bald patches in your hair or notice your hair is thinner than usual.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
Your doctor at The Women's Specialists of Fayette starts with a physical exam, followed by a pelvic exam. Although there’s no single test to diagnose PCOS, your doctor typically recommends a pelvic ultrasound to look for clusters of cysts on your ovaries. You may need blood tests to sufficiently diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome.
How PCOS treated?
Although there’s no cure for PCOS, you and your doctor work together to develop a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms. Your doctor typically prescribes medications. They also advise you of various steps you can take at home to relieve your symptoms.
If you’re concerned you may have polycystic ovary syndrome, or you’re suffering from the symptoms of PCOS, the physicians at The Women's Specialists of Fayette can help. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
If you are suffering from PCOS, or if you are concerned that you may have PCOS, schedule an appointment today with your physician at The Women's Specialists of Fayette.
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