Collaborative Women's Care
Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Miami, FL
If you experience irregular periods, excess facial or body hair, or infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could be why. At Collaborative Women’s Care in Miami, Florida, Eduardo Valdes, MD, and their highly trained staff offer treatments for PCOS to reduce its unpleasant symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, more often called PCOS, is a hormone disorder common among women of childbearing age. It can cause a variety of unusual symptoms and complications when left untreated. If you have (or think you might have) PCOS, see the Collaborative Women’s Care team for an evaluation.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Common symptoms associated with PCOS include:
- Infrequent periods
- Irregular periods
- Prolonged menstrual cycles
- Excess facial or body hair
- Male-pattern baldness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Endometrial cancer
Your symptoms could be more severe if you have a high body mass index (BMI). Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of PCOS and the unpleasant symptoms associated with it.
Complications that can develop with untreated PCOS include diabetes, other chronic diseases, and disease risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.).
What causes PCOS?
The exact cause of PCOS isn’t entirely clear. Likely risk factors include excess insulin production, genetic factors, too much of the hormone androgen, and low-grade inflammation. Maintaining a healthy weight could reduce unpleasant symptoms linked with PCOS.
How does my doctor diagnose PCOS?
To find out if you have PCOS and develop an effective treatment, your OB/GYN specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam, including a pelvic exam if needed, and look for signs of excess hair growth, acne, and insulin resistance.
Your provider often recommends you undergo blood tests, an ultrasound, or additional diagnostic tests to check for complications associated with your symptoms.
What are common treatments for PCOS?
Common PCOS treatments include:
Healthy weight management, regular exercise, and eating nutritious foods can lessen PCOS symptoms and complications.
Your specialist could recommend that you try hormone treatments, like birth control pills, to better manage PCOS. They might suggest that you take other medicines to help you ovulate and boost your fertility. Your provider can also offer tips for addressing acne and facial or body hair growth.
Don’t struggle with PCOS symptoms or complications when highly effective treatments are available at Collaborative Women’s Care. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
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