According to researchers, around one out of every 10 women experience polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can cause numerous uncomfortable symptoms. The team of board-certified female gynecologists at Antheia Gynecology in East Windsor, New Jersey, have the skills and expertise needed to diagnose and treat this condition. If you’re searching for answers to troubling symptoms, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by hormonal imbalance and metabolism issues. The name is misleading, as only a small percentage of women with PCOS will develop cysts on their ovaries.
Your hormones play a critical role in your reproductive health, triggering menstruation, ovulation, and other essential functions. Women produce large volumes of estrogen, but also smaller amounts of testosterone and other hormones that men produce in larger volumes.
Women with PCOS often have abnormally high levels of androgens or male hormones. They might also react to insulin in abnormal ways and produce lower-than-average levels of progesterone.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a difficult condition to diagnose. It creates a wide range of symptoms, many of which are seemingly unrelated and common in other conditions.
Some of the signs you might have PCOS include:
If you notice these changes, or if you simply have the feeling that something isn’t right with your body, schedule an appointment for a full diagnostic exam.
The team at Antheia Gynecology follows the treatment guidelines set out by the Endocrine Society. Your treatment path will depend in large part on your age and whether you are trying to get pregnant.
Medications might play a role in treating your PCOS. Some drugs work to improve your fertility, while others address specific concerns like regulating your periods and improving your metabolic function.
Hormonal birth control is a common treatment option and works to supplement the hormones your body produces naturally. It can take time to find the right birth control for your needs.
Lifestyle changes can go a long way toward improving your symptoms. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a great place to begin, and improving your nutrition is also important.
If you notice unusual changes, listen to the messages your body is sending. Schedule a diagnostic exam at Antheia Gynecology online or by phone at your earliest convenience.