Irregular periods and fertility problems can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and signals a hormonal imbalance. The experienced team of obstetricians and gynecologists at Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, specializes in treating PCOS so you can get relief from symptoms and help with fertility issues. If you have irregular or heavy periods, and other common signs of PCOS, call to schedule a consultation or use the online booking tool.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of childbearing age. PCOS often means prolonged or infrequent menstrual periods. Your ovaries may also develop collections of small, fluid-filled follicles (cysts) and fail to regularly release eggs.
Additionally, if you have PCOS, it’s common to have an excessive level of the male hormone androgen. This imbalance of reproductive hormones can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, and it’s one of the most common causes of infertility.
Some of the most common signs of PCOS include:
Hirsutism is the result of an excess of androgen and about 70% of women with PCOS also experience this symptom.
The exact cause of PCOS isn’t completely evident or understood. Certain health factors like an excess of insulin production, heredity, and low-grade inflammation to fight infection could increase your chances of developing PCOS.
Since there’s no cure for PCOS, your physician at Damon Cobb OB/GYN focuses on helping you treat and manage the symptoms of the condition. In most cases, you’ll need a combination of treatments to relieve symptoms and help you become pregnant — if that’s the desired outcome. Your medical team takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to your individual symptoms and creates a plan that may include any of the following:
Additionally, your doctor may recommend birth control pills to help regulate your hormones, slow hair growth, and increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Left untreated, PCOS can lead to complications that include a variety of other health issues, including metabolic syndrome, depression, and premature birth.
If PCOS is affecting your life, it’s important to get the help you need to control symptoms and improve your overall health and well-being. Schedule an exam at Damon Cobb OB/GYN using the online booking tool, or call the office to request an appointment.