Women Elite Care
OBGYNs & Aesthetics located in Santa Clarita, CA
Early diagnosis of the common condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome can help prevent complications such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you have symptoms that suggest polycystic ovary syndrome, OB/GYN Dr. Maryam Ardalan can offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment at Women Elite Care, Inc. in Valencia, California. To learn more about polycystic ovary syndrome, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
PCOS Q & A
What is polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) involves an imbalance of reproductive hormones and insulin, the hormone that helps you convert food into energy. When your hormones are awry, your ovaries – the organs where you store and develop eggs – can be compromised. The eggs may not develop correctly or release during ovulation. Approximately one in every 10 women suffers from PCOS.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Little fluid-filled sacs called cysts can develop on your ovaries and can be detected with an ultrasound when you have PCOS. Infertility is another common symptom, but you may notice other outward symptoms that bring you to see Dr. Ardalan. These include:
- Hair growth in areas where men typically have hair (such as the face)
- Weight gain or trouble losing weight
- Severe acne
- Male-pattern baldness
- Irregular, heavy, or missed periods
If you have any of these symptoms, consult with Dr. Ardalan for an evaluation. Be assured that management of PCOS symptoms and resolution of infertility is possible.
How is PCOS treated?
Polycystic ovary syndrome responds well to hormonal birth control, such as the pill, patch, or hormonal IUDs. The hormones from the contraception help regulate your menstrual cycle, lower your risk of endometrial cancer, and improve some of the symptoms, such as acne and excess hair on the body and face.
Anti-androgen medicines are another option, as they help block the effects of excess male hormones and relieve the associated symptoms, such as hair loss and acne. These medications should not be taken if you’re trying to get pregnant, however.
For women with PCOS who are overweight and hope to conceive, the first step in treatment may be to lose weight. Carrying extra pounds can exacerbate the symptoms of PCOS.
Dr. Ardalan may also prescribe a drug called clomiphene, which helps induce ovulation. If clomiphene doesn’t work, you may be a candidate for in-vitro fertilization. You can discuss all of your options for a successful pregnancy when you come in for a consultation.
If you have symptoms that suggest you have PCOS, call Women Elite Care, Inc., or book an appointment online to be evaluated and treated.