Center for Women's Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in the areas of Sugar Land, TX & Richmond, TX
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can affect both your physical and emotional health. The compassionate physicians at the Center for Women’s Health, with locations in Sugar Land, and Richmond, Texas, can help you control PCOS so it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. To learn about options for managing PCOS, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
PCOS Q & A
What is polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is an endocrine system disorder that affects women of reproductive age. PCOS can cause the ovaries to develop many small, fluid-filled cysts and prevent regular ovulation.
What causes PCOS?
The exact cause of PCOS is not known. Resistance to the hormone insulin, systemic inflammation, and increased levels of testosterone and other androgens are thought to contribute to polycystic ovary syndrome.
Insulin resistance is also associated with obesity and can lead to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Many people with PCOS also have these conditions.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Many women first experience PCOS symptoms around the time of their first menstrual period, but the condition can develop later in life, especially after significant weight gain. The most common symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular periods
- Excess facial or body hair (hirsutism)
- Loss of head hair
Symptoms can be mild to severe. PCOS also frequently causes infertility and is associated with depression, anxiety, and pregnancy complications.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
The skilled gynecologists at the Center for Women’s Health have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing PCOS. They begin by reviewing your health history and discussing your menstrual cycle and symptoms with you.
Next, your provider performs a pelvic exam and orders blood work to measure your hormone, glucose, and cholesterol levels. They may also order an ultrasound to measure the size of your ovaries and the lining of your uterus.
What treatments are available for PCOS?
Once your provider has determined that you have PCOS, they design a personalized treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms and promote overall health.
Your custom treatment plan may include:
- Hormonal birth control pills
- Hormone therapy
- Insulin sensitizing medications
- Medications to control acne or hirsutism
- Lifestyle changes
- Weight loss programs
If you have PCOS and you wish to become pregnant, your provider at the Center for Women’s Health can help. Weight loss and medications that promote ovulation are often successful at restoring fertility in women with PCOS.
Treatment for PCOS can help you regain control over your health and quality of life. Call the Center for Women's Health, or use the online scheduler to make an appointment at the clinic nearest you today.
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