What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) occurs when hormones are imbalanced. PCOS is the result of small non-malignant fluid-filled cysts in the ovaries also known as Polycystic Ovaries, causing the increase in the production of male sex hormones. This overproduction has the potential to cause irregularity in the menstrual cycle and insulin resistance.
Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Treatment for PCOS is localized towards decreasing the severity of the symptoms and reducing further complications such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease. In our practice, we customize treatment options to fit your particular needs.
What are the Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
Symptoms of PCOS range depending on the individual, however, most symptoms persist and develop with the onset of the menstrual cycle.
Common symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) include weight gain, Anxiety, Depression, Blood Sugar Deregulation, Acne, Infertility, deepening in the voice, thinning hair, skin tags, and excess body and facial hair.
What is the Cause of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?
There are several contributing elements that may lead to PCOS such as genetic predisposition, excess insulin levels in the body, and heredity that may determine whether PCOS will develop; however the definitive cause is still unknown. Lifestyle factors such as decreased physical activity, a diet that is high in simple sugars and processed foods can lead to insulin resistance and a predisposition to PCOS.
How is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Diagnosed?
If you believe you may have PCOS, a comprehensive assessment comprised of blood and saliva tests can be administered to measure cortisol levels, thyroid hormones, insulin, and sugar levels would need to be performed in order to diagnose the condition. Additional blood tests measuring electrolytes, cholesterol levels, and vitamin levels may be considered as well. Performing a pelvic ultrasound would also aid in the assessment of cysts on ovaries, and determine the thickness in the lining of the uterus.