Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health condition that affects women during their reproductive years. Rehana Sajjad, MD, FACOG, and her expert gynecology and integrative medicine team at Womens Health Care, PC, help women of all ages manage PCOS symptoms. Women in Richmond Hill and Elmhurst, New York, benefit from a whole-person approach to diagnosing and treating this hormonal condition that causes irregular menstrual periods. If you have the signs of this disorder, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that causes infrequent or prolonged periods. While the exact cause of PCOS isn’t clear, the disorder can cause you to have abnormally heavy periods but fewer than nine periods a year. Women with PCOS also typically have an excess of male hormones called androgens.
Elevated levels of androgens can cause severe acne, male-pattern baldness, and excessive facial and body hair. Your ovaries may also become enlarged and function improperly. Left untreated, PCOS can lead to infertility, health complications during pregnancy, and chronic health issues such as diabetes.
Though the exact cause of PCOS isn’t known, there are several contributing factors, including:
You’re more likely to get PCOS if you have a mother or sister with this condition, and you most often discover you have it during your 20s and 30s. However, PCOS can begin anytime after puberty.
Some of the most common health complications that result from having PCOS include:
In some cases, if you don’t seek treatment for PCOS, it can lead to endometrial cancer.
PCOS is one of the most common, yet highly treatable, causes of infertility. The hormonal imbalance you have with PCOS can interfere with ovulation. But if you treat the problem and regulate your hormones, you may be able to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
There’s no cure for PCOS, but the experienced team at Womens Health Care, PC, takes a holistic approach to treating your symptoms and improving your chances of having a baby. In some cases, a combination of medication, weight loss, and lifestyle modifications can improve your condition so you ovulate more regularly. They create a treatment plan based on your individual needs so you can manage your condition long term.
If you have abnormal periods or you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it could be a sign of PCOS. Contact one of the Womens Health Care, PC, offices to schedule an appointment, or book online to get an expert diagnosis and care for your condition.