One out of every 10 women of childbearing age has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that affects physical health and appearance. The experienced team at Women’s Care of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills and Redondo Beach, California, specializes in diagnosing and treating PCOS. For expert gynecology care from a team who puts you and your health first, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a gynecological condition that occurs when there’s an imbalance in reproductive hormones. Women with PCOS produce higher amounts of androgen, a male sex hormone. Too much androgen affects the ovary function.
The ovaries produce hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. They also hold and release eggs for ovulation. Women with PCOS may release undeveloped eggs or not release any eggs at all during ovulation.
Women with PCOS also have problems with insulin, a hormone that helps get glucose from the blood into the cell for energy. Women with PCOS have insulin resistance, which means their cells respond less well to the actions of the insulin.
Most women find out they have PCOS in their 20s or 30s when seeking help for infertility. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women.
Other symptoms of PCOS include:
Multiple ovarian cysts are also common in women with PCOS.
If you have fewer than eight periods a year, you might have PCOS and should schedule a consultation at Women's Care of Beverly Hills.
There’s no single test to diagnose PCOS. When you come in with concerns about an irregular menstrual cycle or infertility, the team at Women's Care of Beverly Hills conducts a thorough history and physical examination to determine the underlying cause.
They review your symptoms, menstrual cycle, gynecological history, medical history, and family history. They perform a physical and pelvic exam. The team also does ultrasound testing to evaluate your reproductive organs to look for ovarian cysts.
They also run lab work to check hormone levels.
There are many effective treatments for PCOS. The Women's Care of Beverly Hills team customizes care based on symptoms, related health problems, and pregnancy plans.
Treatment for PCOS may include:
For women trying to get pregnant, the team may prescribe medication that increases ovulation.
PCOS is a common condition that requires individual care and management. For expert help, call Women's Care of Beverly Hills or schedule an appointment online today.