Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can develop in women during their childbearing years. Diagnosing and treating this condition is an area of specialty for Rania Ibrahim, DO, FACOG, and Christina Parmar, MD, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Shenandoah, Texas. If you live in The Woodlands, and the surrounding communities in Texas, including Conroe, Spring, Cleveland, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Tomball, Huntsville, Livingston, and College Station, schedule an appointment today. Booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or spending a few moments online.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder characterized by excessively high levels of androgens, which are hormones males have in high volumes. This creates a hormonal imbalance in women, which triggers numerous symptoms.
This condition often causes numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) to develop, but not all women with PCOS have cysts. Researchers are uncertain of the exact causes of PCOS, but it seems there is a genetic component, so if your mother or another close female relative had the condition, your chances of developing PCOS are elevated.
Excessive insulin production might also play a causal role in PCOS, as insulin affects how your ovaries release eggs during your menstrual cycle.
The signs and symptoms of PCOS are always obviously linked to reproductive health. Many women experience symptoms for years before being properly diagnosed. Knowing the signs can help you take action as soon as possible.
Some of the telltale symptoms of PCOS include:
PCOS can make it difficult to become pregnant. For some women, the first indication they have the condition is infertility.
Once your gynecologist determines you have PCOS, your treatment plan is shaped around your symptoms, your age, and whether you plan to become pregnant. If you are overweight, losing even just a few pounds can often ease symptoms and make your treatment more effective.
Medications might be effective in treating your PCOS. Hormonal birth control pills can help restore healthier hormonal balance and relieve numerous symptoms. Progestin therapy can also help, although this supplementation won’t prevent pregnancy. There are also medications that can control acne or reduce facial hair growth.
If you are trying to get pregnant, treatment focuses on prompting your ovaries to release eggs. There are oral medications and injections, and many women have found success using a type of diabetes medication, which can also help you lose weight and improve your blood sugar if you are prediabetic.
When you’re ready to learn more, call New Beginnings OB/GYN to schedule a one-on-one diagnostic exam. Online booking is also available and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.