Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) happens when a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an imbalance found in the reproductive hormones in women. Hormonal imbalances and metabolic issues can arise from PCOS and can affect the overall health and appearance. In PCOS, ovaries face the most challenges. Eggs may not develop correctly or release during ovulation. The risk of PCOS is higher if women are obese or through genetics. High levels of androgens (male hormones) or insulin are also contributing factors.
PCOS can cause missed or irregular menstrual cycles. An irregularity in the cycle may lead to infertility or the development of cysts. Externally, women may develop hirsutism (too much facial hair or parts of the body where men usually have hair), acne, thinning hair (male-pattern baldness), weight gain, darkening of the skin, or skin tags (excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area).
Though there is no cure, a treatment plan can be created between you and your doctor. Lifestyle changes that include diet and/or weight loss, as well as a composite of processes may be implemented. Hair removal methods or hormone altering medications (like birth control) are also available.
Why come to ELH for your polycystic ovary syndrome?
Birth control is used to help regulate menstrual cycles, and simultaneously lower androgens. It is effective and can be prescribed.
We have skilled and trained physicians, technicians, and certified nurse practitioners that will be happy to assist you along the way.
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What are the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
- Irregular periods
- Heavy bleeding
- Hirsutism/excessive hair growth (face, back, belly and chest)
- Acne (breakouts on face, chest, and upper back)
- Weight gain
- Male-pattern baldness
- Darkening of the skin