Overcome Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
What Causes PCOS?
Excess Levels of Androgens: Usually referred to as “male hormones,” androgens are produced by both men and women, though healthy females only produce small amounts. Women with PCOS have higher levels of androgens. In a healthy female reproductive system, the majority of hormones produced are estrogen (female hormones). Estrogen is responsible for proper ovarian function. Higher levels of androgens can overshadow the estrogen hormones and prevent normal egg development.
High Insulin Levels: In order to transform food into energy, your body produces insulin. When the cells in your body do not respond appropriately, insulin resistance can occur, which results in higher insulin blood levels. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity, and obesity can lead to insulin resistance, which is commonly found in women with PCOS. If left untreated, this resistance can result in type 2 diabetes.
Irregular Menstrual Cycle: Irregular or infrequent periods can be a sign of PCOS. Alternatively, some women may notice their periods arrive every 21 days or even more often.
Hirsutism: Affecting nearly 70 percent of women with PCOS, hirsutism occurs when there is excessive hair growth on the face or chin areas.
Acne: Breakouts on the face, chest, or upper back can indicate PCOS.
Hair Loss: Thinning hair or hair loss may be a symptom of those affected by PCOS.
Weight Gain: Difficulty losing weight or weight gain with no obvious cause can indicate a hormone imbalance.
Darkening of Skin: Women who experience darkened areas of skin in the groin area, underneath the breasts, or along neck creases could be at a higher risk for PCOS.
Skin Tags: If you notice skin tags, especially in the armpits or on the neck, it could be a sign of PCOS.
Medications: Birth control is often used to treat PCOS in women who do not want to get pregnant. However, for women who are trying to conceive, an estrogen modulator such as Clomid (clomiphene citrate) can induce ovulation in women with PCOS.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): If medications are not successful, IVF is an excellent alternative. During treatment, we can collect eggs and sperm from you and your partner and fertilize the egg in our laboratory. We can then implant the embryo into your uterus. IVF offers higher pregnancy rates than medicine alone.