One in every 10 women of childbearing age is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can affect fertility, appearance, and overall health. At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC and the team can help you manage the many uncomfortable symptoms of this condition. If you suffer from PCOS, call the office or book an appointment online.
PCOS is caused by an imbalance in your reproductive organs that creates problems with your ovaries. As a result of PCOS, your ovaries may not develop eggs properly or may not release them as they should.
PCOS can lead to the development of cysts in the ovaries and interfere with your ability to get pregnant.
Women are usually diagnosed in their 20s and 30s, especially when they have trouble getting pregnant. You may suspect you have PCOS if you have any of the following symptoms:
You may develop PCOS as a result of genetics, which often causes you to have high levels of male hormones (androgens). These androgens are responsible for the symptoms, such as male-pattern baldness and increased facial hair. High levels of insulin, such as what happens with Type 2 diabetes, is also associated with PCOS.
To diagnose PCOS, a team member first rules out other possible causes of your symptoms. They do a thorough physical and pelvic exam and reviews your medical and family history. The team may have you undergo a pelvic ultrasound that can examine your ovaries for cysts, and they may order blood tests that check your various hormone levels.
PCOS cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be managed. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, dietary changes, and hair removal can help lessen the severity of your symptoms. Certain medicines, including birth control pills, can help regulate your cycle.
Although PCOS affects ovulation, many women can still get pregnant. The team may recommend you lose weight, if you’re overweight, to help improve your fertility. Plus, certain medications, such as Clomid, may help you ovulate so you can get pregnant naturally.
In some cases, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be recommended, especially if medications don’t work. Your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS are quite good; it’s one of the most treatable causes of infertility.
If you have symptoms that suggest PCOS, call Alpenglow Gynecology or book an appointment online to be evaluated.