Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a women’s health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and can lead to infertility. At Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, with locations in Lebanon, Branchburg, and two offices in Flemington, New Jersey, the expert OB/GYN team can detect, diagnose, and treat PCOS to reduce symptoms and restore your quality of life. Book an appointment by phone or online today to learn more about treatment options.
PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a women’s health condition that causes your body to make too much male hormone (androgen).
It’s associated with cysts, or fluid-filled sacs, that develop on your ovaries. While there’s no cure for PCOS, treatment can reduce symptoms and may restore fertility.
Signs and symptoms associated with PCOS may include:
While anybody can develop PCOS, the condition is more common in obese women or those with a family history of PCOS. If you experience PCOS symptoms or are at risk of developing the problem, see the Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC team for an evaluation.
Complications that can develop because of PCOS might include:
Attending routine women’s wellness exams helps your provider identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors for PCOS to reduce your risk of complications.
To find out if you have PCOS, your OB/GYN specialist reviews your medical history and discusses any symptoms you may have. They also complete a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, and might use blood tests or ultrasound to diagnose your condition.
To better manage PCOS symptoms, your Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, specialist might recommend:
Losing weight and making diet and exercise changes can reduce PCOS symptoms and give you a better quality of life.
Taking medications can decrease androgen production or control insulin to reduce specific PCOS symptoms. Examples include birth control pills, oral medicines, and creams that slow facial hair growth in women.
If you’re struggling to get pregnant because of PCOS, certain medications, minimally invasive surgery, or in vitro fertilization (IVF) may increase your chance of having a healthy baby.
Your provider personalizes each PCOS treatment based on the severity of your condition, your preferences, and whether you’d like to have children in the future.
To get screened for PCOS or better manage the disease, schedule an appointment with Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, by phone or book online today.