PCOS is a hormone disorder that occurs when women have unusually high levels of androgens (male hormones). Women naturally produce a small number of androgens because the hormones help regulate their reproductive system and maintain the health of their muscles, bones, and heart.
However, abnormally high androgen levels interrupt ovarian function, interfere with ovulation, and cause a range of health problems.
Women with PCOS may have three primary types of symptoms:
Under the influence of androgens, your ovaries may intermittently release an egg or stop ovulating. These cause irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or no periods.
Women with PCOS may develop multiple cysts in their ovaries. If the cysts stay small, you won't have symptoms, but you might experience bloating and pelvic pain if they enlarge.
The hormone imbalance causes acne, skin tags, and hair loss. About 70% of women with PCOS have hirsutism, which refers to growing coarse, dark hair in places they don't want it, such as their face, chest, abdomen, and thighs.
Without treatment, PCOS leads to serious health conditions, including:
In addition to being one of the top causes of infertility, PCOS increases your risk of having a miscarriage if you get pregnant before treating the condition.
In addition to reviewing your medical history and symptoms, Dr. Yuabova completes a physical exam and performs diagnostic testing. She may run blood and saliva tests to measure cortisol levels, thyroid hormones, insulin, and blood sugar. You might need blood tests to detect high cholesterol, nutritional deficiencies, and electrolyte problems.
Dr. Yuabova also performs hormone testing and may do an ultrasound. Ultrasound imaging allows her to assess ovarian cysts and evaluate the effect of irregular periods on your uterine lining.
Your treatment focuses on easing your current symptoms, preventing health complications, and restoring hormonal balance.
Dr. Yuabova always customizes your treatment to fit your unique needs. Successful treatment of PCOS requires a holistic approach that incorporates:
Early treatment for PCOS helps prevent complications. Call National Wellness Group or book an appointment online today.