Women who suffer unexplained weight gain, hair growth, infertility, and acne may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition affects 5-10% of women in their childbearing years and is due to hormonal and metabolic imbalances. The experienced gynecologists at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women in Lawrenceville, Georgia, offer solutions if you’re suffering from PCOS. Call or use the online tool to schedule a consultation today.
PCOS is characterized by an imbalance in your reproductive hormones. Women with PCOS have high levels of male sex hormones, known as androgens.
This hormonal imbalance affects ovulation. Eggs may not develop properly in the ovaries or may not develop at all. This leads to problems with your menstrual cycle and fertility.
PCOS may also cause small cysts to develop on your ovaries. As a result, your ovaries may become enlarged and not function properly. These cysts contribute to symptoms like irregular menstruation and infertility.
PCOS can affect your insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas. It’s responsible for shuttling sugar from your blood to cells for energy or storage.
Women with PCOS often have an irregular, unpredictable menstrual cycle. Other symptoms
Women with PCOS are also at risk of developing chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If you come to Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women with symptoms that suggest PCOS, you’ll undergo a number of screenings to establish a diagnosis.
The team will look at your personal and family medical history, and perform a physical and pelvic exam. You’ll undergo blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels and an ultrasound to check for cysts on your ovaries.
PCOS can’t be cured, but the condition can be managed successfully so you experience minimal interference with your quality of life.
Your treatment may include:
Women with PCOS who are trying to get pregnant have options, too. Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women develops a plan that greatly increases your chances of successfully conceiving.
You may benefit from lifestyle changes like weight loss and a healthy diet, medications like clomiphene, and in vitro fertilization.
If you have symptoms that suggest PCOS, call the office of Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women or book an appointment online today.