In case you didn’t know PCOS Awareness is in a few short months, with a purpose to spread awareness to the masses of women who may be unaware of their condition. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which a woman does not ovulate on a regular basis and affects nearly 10 million women. The symptoms vary with each woman and can range from irregular cycles to mood swings and weight gain, as well as difficulty conceiving.
Some less noticeable symptoms, such as oily skin and slight pelvic pain, are often ignored; however, if left undetected, PCOS can lead to Heart Disease, Diabetes, Breast Cancer, and Gynecological Cancers. Luckily there are a variety of treatment options available for women affected by PCOS, and many can be applied to one’s daily routine.
For some women, a few lifestyle changes are all they need to begin ovulating regularly once again. An individual who is consuming too much sugar or processed foods may find that eliminating some of these options from their diet will help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS. Instead of indulging in the less healthy options mentioned above, incorporate fiber-rich produce such as broccoli, kale, and celery. Fruits, such as cherries, strawberries, and apples can help reduce toxins in your body, and can eventually help with managing the irritations related to PCOS. Regular exercise can also help the body regulate itself, and can therefore, improve the symptoms of PCOS.
Many women who suffer from PCOS discover it is due to a hormone imbalance. Hormone treatment is an ideal option for women who are hoping to regulate their ovulation cycle to become pregnant. There are certain treatment options available, such as clomiphene or metformin, that can help alleviate symptoms preventing women from ovulating regularly.
Even for women who are not trying to conceive, PCOS can be a frustrating condition. It prevents the body from menstruating on a regular basis, since ovulation is not occurring with any regularity or pattern. Women who want to regulate their cycles but are not looking to become pregnant can be prescribed hormonal birth control by their PCOS OB/GYN. Birth control pills, IUDs, and other birth control options can be considered as a treatment option. Women are advised to work with their health care provider to determine the birth control option that is right for them.
Women who are not able to conceive even after receiving hormone treatment for PCOS may consider other fertility treatment options in order to become pregnant. It all starts with a plan provided by an infertility specialist to suggest the preferred method of treatment. Some of these options include ovulation induction, steps to improve sperm quality, intrauterine insemination, laparoscopic surgery, and removal of fibroids. Only 10% of couples dealing with infertility issues require more sophisticated methods like Invitro Fertilization treatment.
If you feel that you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of PCOS, it's time reach out to your Houston OB/GYN. Your doctor can provide you with an accurate diagnosis, as well as a personalized treatment plan that will address your symptoms and provide a solution for your health care issues. To schedule a consultation appointment, contact Plaza OB/GYN today.