One in 10 American women of childbearing age is living with PCOS. At Distinctive Women’s Health Care, Jeffrey Kotzen, MD, and the experienced medical team design treatment plans to address side effects of PCOS like severe acne, irregular periods, and infertility. They also help reduce your risk for long-term, PCOS-related health complications like heart attack and stroke. Learn more about solutions for managing PCOS by calling the office in West Palm Beach, Florida, or by scheduling an appointment online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a type of hormonal disorder that affects women during their reproductive years. This condition can interfere with your menstrual cycle and lead to infertility and other chronic health issues.
While the exact cause of PCOS isn’t well understood, you may be more likely to develop the condition if you have certain genetic factors, underlying inflammatory conditions, or unusually high levels of androgens, which are male reproductive hormones.
Symptoms of PCOS are typically noticeable at the time of your first period. However, you can also develop PCOS symptoms later in life that include:
PCOS can cause irregular periods that are longer or shorter than every 28 days. Your periods may also be abnormally heavy.
PCOS can cause cysts in your ovaries that interferes with how your ovaries function. When your ovaries aren’t working as they should, it can lead to infertility.
High levels of androgen hormones, like testosterone, can cause severe acne and male-pattern baldness. You may also experience excess hair growth in areas of your body where men grow hair, such as the face.
You may also notice a darkening of the skin in your groin and underneath your breasts, as well as an increase of skin tags on your neck and armpits.
Symptoms of PCOS can worsen if you’re overweight or obese. Many women experience a decrease in PCOS symptoms after menopause, but the condition may still increase your risk for diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
You should schedule a consultation at Distinctive Women’s Health Care if you have irregular periods or symptoms of elevated androgen levels, or if you’re experiencing infertility.
The goal of your PCOS treatment plan is to address the symptoms that interfere with your quality of life. Dr. Kotzen may initially recommend lifestyle and diet changes to help you lose weight and reduce the severity of your PCOS symptoms.
Other treatments that may help manage PCOS symptoms include:
Birth control pills that contain estrogen and progesterone can reduce androgen levels to treat excessive hair growth and severe acne.
If PCOS is causing issues with infertility, you may need medications to help you ovulate. Dr. Kotzen can also work with you on a treatment plan to increase your chances of becoming pregnant and help you avoid a miscarriage and other complications.
To schedule a consultation to discuss PCOS, call Distinctive Women’s Health Care or request an appointment online today.