PCOS is diagnosed when you have an imbalance of reproductive hormones that negatively affects your ovaries and metabolism.
When the ovaries aren’t functioning properly, you may not release an egg during your monthly ovulation, affecting your fertility, ovarian health, and menstruation.
Women with PCOS can sometimes also have an abundance of male hormones, which can lead to unwanted hair growth, weight gain, and insulin resistance. PCOS can cause long-term health complications, including heart disease and diabetes.
PCOS may cause menstrual irregularities. You may have periods that come more frequently than every 28 days, or you may have fewer than eight cycles per year. Some women with PCOS have no periods whatsoever, known as amenorrhea.
You may also experience additional uncomfortable symptoms with PCOS, including:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, consult the team at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., for a hormone evaluation.
The causes of PCOS are not well understood, but they can be due to your genetics. Sometimes, PCOS starts with excess insulin, a hormone that helps your cells process sugar for energy.
Excess insulin can result due to Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Because of the excess insulin, your body produces an overload of androgen hormones and you develop PCOS.
While PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be effectively managed. The team at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., treats your individual symptoms and issues.
Your provider may recommend lifestyle changes, such as weight loss if you’re overweight, and medications to reduce insulin resistance. They might offer hormonal treatments in the form of birth control pills that contain estrogen and progesterone to help put your androgen levels in balance.
Additionally, Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., offers fertility services if you’re having trouble getting pregnant.
To learn more about PCOS and effective treatments, call Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., or book an appointment online today.