Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition which is relatively common in women, especially those who are in their reproductive stage of life. It is a disorder of the endocrine system that can prevent a woman from ovulating regularly, and its cause is not yet known to medical professionals and researchers. Women should be informed about the symptoms of PCOS, as this condition can lead to health complications if not treated properly by a PCOS OBGYN.
Common PCOS Symptoms
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles — This is often the first sign and symptom of PCOS, because the hormonal imbalance associated with this condition prevents a woman from ovulating on a regular basis. Women should take note if they do not have more than eight periods every year, or if their cycles are regularly longer than 35 days.
- Acne — As a result of the hormone imbalance caused by PCOS, women who suffer from this condition often have severe acne on their face and body. This type of acne goes beyond the typical acne that a person experiences in adolescence. It is often severe, and can remain an issue for a woman well into adulthood. While it may seem like an issue that should be discussed with a dermatologist, it actually is another common sign of PCOS. Severe acne issues should be brought up to your PCOS OBGYN as well.
- Excess Facial Hair — In some cases, women who suffer from PCOS have an excess of androgen in their body. This is a male hormone that is responsible for the development of facial hair. Some women with PCOS will find that they have more than the typical amount of facial hair, and they may even see an increased amount of hair on their arms and legs.
- Enlarged Ovaries — This is a symptom that would not be noticeable to the average woman. However, if an ultrasound is performed, a doctor may take note that the ovaries are enlarged. This can be another warning sign of PCOS, and it also may indicate that there are fewer follicles surrounding the eggs within the ovary itself.
When left untreated, PCOS can lead to infertility, diabetes and even heart disease. Ultimately, this condition causes a hormone imbalance, and a Plaza OB/GYN doctor who specializes in treating PCOS can help create a personalized treatment plan that will work for you. Whether you want to conceive or you are hoping to enjoy a healthier lifestyle with fewer risks, the best thing you can do is begin your journey with a qualified OBGYN.
Our PCOS OBGYNs
At Plaza OBGYN, our physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating women with PCOS. Our goal is to educate our patients about this condition and help create a treatment plan that best meets their needs. For more information, contact our office to schedule an appointment or speak to our staff.