Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition affecting 1 out of every 10 women during their childbearing years. When left undiagnosed and untreated, PCOS affects a woman’s health and appearance. Jacqueline Sylvester, MD, FACOG, and the team at BABIES ETC OB/GYN P.C. in Madison, Alabama, specialize in diagnosing and treating PCOS. For personalized care from an experienced team of women’s health experts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common gynecological condition that develops from an imbalance in reproductive hormones. Women with PCOS have higher levels of androgens, which are male sex hormones.
These hormonal changes affect a woman’s ovaries and ovulation, causing them to release no eggs or ones that fail to develop. In addition, PCOS may cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle or the development of multiple ovarian cysts.
You may be at greater risk of developing PCOS if it runs in your family or you struggle with obesity.
An irregular menstrual cycle is one of the most common symptoms of PCOS. If you have PCOS, you may have fewer than eight periods a year.
Other signs and symptoms of PCOS include:
Many women with PCOS also have other chronic health conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. If you suspect you may have PCOS, Dr. Sylvester can help.
There’s no single test for diagnosing PCOS, so Dr. Sylvester and the BABIES ETC OB/GYN P.C. team conduct in-depth clinical exams to find the underlying cause of your gynecological concerns.
The team reviews your symptoms, medical and family histories and performs a physical and pelvic exam. They also run lab work to check hormone levels and perform in-house ultrasounds to look for ovarian cysts.
The BABIES ETC OB/GYN P.C. team customizes your PCOS treatment plan around your health and wellness concerns. Treatment may include:
For women with PCOS and infertility, Dr. Sylvester may prescribe medication to increase ovulation or talk to you about your other fertility options, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). She may also suggest surgical services to improve the health and function of your ovaries to improve your chances of conception.
PCOS treatment also focuses on improving your overall health and well-being and reducing your risk of developing health-related complications.
Find out more about PCOS treatment; call BABIES ETC OB/GYN P.C. or schedule an appointment online today.