Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is among the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions affecting women. For those living in and around Ramsey, New Jersey, the comprehensive medical services of Anita Chait, MD, FACOG, of Women’s Laser Center & OB/GYN of New Jersey can help determine the cause of troubling symptoms and create a customized treatment plan. If you’re searching for answers for PCOS, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chait today, online or by phone.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, commonly called PCOS, is a hormonal condition that affects women of reproductive age. Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of PCOS, but it’s believed that there is a genetic component. Excess insulin production might also play a causal role.
Your body manufactures numerous hormones, some of which affect reproduction. When those hormones become unbalanced, a wide range of symptoms can follow. The hormones involved in PCOS include:
Left untreated, PCOS can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease.
Most women with PCOS develop symptoms early in life during puberty, but there are also cases that develop later in life, especially after significant weight gain. Women who are overweight or obese tend to have more pronounced symptoms than those who maintain a healthier weight.
Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
You may not notice all of these symptoms, and they may occur infrequently or vary in intensity.
There is no cure for PCOS, but treatment can help manage your symptoms. The first step is to evaluate your symptoms and chart out your goals. Treatments focus on addressing the issues connected to PCOS that you find troubling.
For example, if PCOS has prevented you from becoming pregnant, infertility screening and treatments can improve your chances of conceiving. If you’re struggling with acne, your treatment path will include tools to soothe and clear your skin.
Hormonal birth control methods can help regulate your hormonal balance and reduce symptoms like acne or unwanted hair growth. This approach can also help regulate your periods and even reduce your risk of uterine cancer.
Lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward improving PCOS symptoms. If you’re overweight or obese, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can significantly decrease symptoms. Eating well and exercising can regulate your blood sugar and ovulation, and can even help your periods occur on a more regular basis.
To learn more about screening and treatment for PCOS, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.