Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects about 10% of women of childbearing age, impacting their appearance, health, and fertility. At Nile Women's Health Care in Roswell and Suwanee, Georgia, the experienced team of providers has the experience to evaluate PCOS symptoms and manage symptoms. Call one of the offices or book online to schedule your PCOS consultation today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) happens when a woman has a high level of androgens or male hormones. Androgens affect hair growth, fertility, and metabolism.
The condition also affects the function of the ovaries — two almond-shaped organs sitting on either side of your uterus. They’re responsible for the development of your eggs and their release during ovulation.
If you have PCOS, your eggs may not develop correctly or release every month. PCOS may also negatively influence your insulin levels. Women with PCOS often develop type 2 diabetes due to insulin irregularities.
Doctors usually diagnose PCOS when a woman is in her 20s or 30s, often when she has trouble conceiving. In addition to infertility, PCOS may cause:
If you have PCOS, you also develop cysts on your ovaries that are visible with an ultrasound. The cysts interfere with egg maturation and your ability to get pregnant.
Your Nile Women’s Health Care provider reviews your medical history and current symptoms. They perform a thorough physical and pelvic exam and may order a pelvic ultrasound to examine your ovaries.
A blood test may also reveal imbalances in your hormone levels.
PCOS has no cure, but the team at Nile Women’s Health Care can successfully help you manage your symptoms.
The doctors recommend lifestyle changes that include weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. Good health habits go a long way in helping you control your symptoms.Certain hormonal medications, like birth control pills, help regulate your menstrual cycle.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, the doctors recommend fertility medications like Clomid® to stimulate ovulation.
If these medications don’t work, they may suggest in vitro fertilization as an option. Rest assured that PCOS remains one of the most common and treatable causes of infertility.
If you have symptoms that suggest PCOS, call Nile Women’s Health Care today for an evaluation or book an appointment online today.