PCOS Specialist

Jacqueline Sylvester, MD FACOG -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology


Jacqueline Sylvester, MD FACOG

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Madison, AL

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.


What is PCOS?

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.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

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:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Growth of facial hair
  • Thinning of hair on your head
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Severe acne
  • Infertility


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. 

How is PCOS diagnosed?

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.

How is PCOS treated?

The BABIES ETC OB/GYN P.C. team customizes your PCOS treatment plan around your health and wellness concerns. Treatment may include:

  • Healthy diet and exercise program for weight management
  • Hormonal birth control to regulate hormones and your menstrual cycle


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.