Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that occurs when you have enlarged ovaries with cysts covering the outer edge. The condition occurs because of a hormonal imbalance, particularly the male hormone androgen, and its exact cause isn’t known.
PCOS can have a variety of symptoms, and some of the most common include:
When left untreated, PCOS can cause chronic issues such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease. It can also cause issues with your reproductive health, including:
PCOS is common among women in their reproductive years. Symptoms often develop in puberty with the first menstrual cycle. Although PCOS can affect anyone, it’s often seen in women who are obese.
Although the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, certain factors may make you more likely to develop the condition, including:
Although Dr. Ahlstrom and Marybeth can treat the symptoms of PCOS, there is no cure. To manage the symptoms and improve your overall well-being, they may recommend a variety of medications:
If you’re troubled by excess hair, the team at Logan OB/GYN may suggest certain hair removal procedures.
Dr. Ahlstrom and Marybeth may also counsel you on lifestyle changes that can improve your symptoms. Such changes may include eating a low-calorie diet and engaging in regular exercise. Losing weight, even just 5% of your body weight, can improve symptoms and make your medication more effective.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS or think you may have the condition, it’s vital to seek treatment to avoid further complications. Contact Logan OB/GYN today to schedule an appointment. Call or book your initial consultation online.
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