Are you having difficulty with conceiving? Do you have irregular or no menstrual periods? Have you noticed increased facial hair and/or acne? Did recent lab work show increased blood glucose, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a medical condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a hormone disorder that could lead to various symptoms described above. As the name suggests, cysts could be found in the ovaries in a patient suffering from PCOS, which reduces fertility by preventing the of eggs. The syndrome also causes hormone imbalances which could disrupt the menstrual cycle, increase testosterone levels that causes acne and facial hair, and interferes with the body chemistry leading to metabolic disorders. The exact causes of PCOS are not well understood, but there is a possible genetic component to it, and it may be linked to a family history of diabetes.
If your doctor suspects that you have PCOS, you could expect your physician to perform a pelvic exam, order bloodwork, and to perform a pelvic ultrasound. Generally speaking the first line treatment will be lifestyle changes to lose weight, but your physician may prescribe additional medications and treatments based on your individual case. PCOS is a manageable condition with proper assessment and treatment, so see your doctor for further evaluation today!
Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Runnels are both board-certified gynecologists trained in women’s health, gynecological diseases, gynecology surgery, metabolic treatment, and hormone replacement therapy who practices in both Central and North Central San Antonio. If you would like to schedule a well-woman exam with an Obgyn near you, contact our office today at (210) 222-2694.0