Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Atlanta, GA
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age. The team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, diagnoses and helps you manage this condition that affects ovulation and overall health. Call the office on Peachtree Road or Collier Road today if you have symptoms of PCOS or use the online tool to request an appointment.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects the way your ovaries function. They may not develop eggs normally or release them regularly.
When you have PCOS, you have higher-than-normal levels of male hormones or androgens. This hormone imbalance means you develop PCOS symptoms like increased facial hair, acne, and male-pattern baldness.
PCOS can also affect your metabolism, making weight gain more likely and result in high levels of insulin. Many PCOS sufferers go on to develop Type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular periods or absence of a period
- Increased hair growth on the chin or face
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Hair loss that mimics male-pattern baldness
- Skin tags in the neck or armpit area
PCOS is a leading cause of infertility.
Many women with PCOS also develop cysts on their ovaries.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
If you have symptoms of PCOS, the team at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates performs a thorough medical review, physical and pelvic exam. They also ask about your family medical history as PCOS has a genetic link.
You have a blood test to check your hormone levels and undergo a pelvic ultrasound to check your ovaries for cysts.
What is the treatment for PCOS?
There is no cure for PCOS, but you can manage the symptoms quite well. Even if you suffer infertility due to the condition, it’s quite likely that you can go on to have a healthy pregnancy.
Lifestyle changes, like weight loss (if you’re overweight), dietary changes, and exercise, go a long way in helping to manage PCOS symptoms. Birth control pills and other medications can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
If you want to expand your family, medications like Clomid can help you ovulate to conceive naturally. If medications don’t work, in vitro fertilization is another possible infertility treatment. PCOS is a major cause of infertility but is also highly treatable.
Schedule an appointment at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates if you are struggling with PCOS. Call the nearest office today or use the online tool to request a visit.
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