One in every ten women of child-bearing age is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which has a profound effect on fertility, overall health, and appearance. At Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC, Lindsay Killingsworth, MD, and Courtney Middleton, MD, provide diagnosis and support for PCOS to women in and around Johns Creek of Suwanee, Georgia. If you have symptoms of PCOS, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormonal problem. High levels of male hormones (androgens) affect the functioning of your ovaries and metabolism. You may not develop eggs properly or release them as usual.
You can also develop symptoms such as male pattern balding and acne due to the high level of male hormones. Many women with PCOS also develop Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
PCOS is usually diagnosed in your 20s and 30s, and it’s often discovered when you experience trouble trying to conceive. PCOS is a prevalent cause of infertility in women.
Other signs of PCOS include:
One of the primary symptoms of PCOS that shows up on ultrasound are cysts on the ovaries. These interfere with the ovaries’ ability to function correctly and impede conception.
To diagnose PCOS, the doctors at Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms. They perform a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam as well as a review of your family and personal medical history.
A pelvic ultrasound can confirm suspected PCOS as it reveals the cysts on your ovaries. Blood tests check your hormone levels, too.
There is no cure for PCOS, as it’s a chronic condition, but the doctors at Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC can help you manage it.
Lifestyle changes help minimize your symptoms like weight gain and acne. The team offers support in terms of weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. Birth control pills or other oral medications can help regulate an irregular menstrual cycle.
PCOS affects ovulation, so it interferes with fertility, but medications such as Clomid can help you ovulate, so you get pregnant naturally. Women with PCOS usually go on to have healthy pregnancies.
To learn more about PCOS and its management, call Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC or schedule an appointment using this website.