Overcome the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome with accurate diagnosis and treatment
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that causes hormonal imbalances, metabolism problems and infertility in women. Our San Antonio fertility doctors have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat this common syndrome, which affects about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Although PCOS can cause infertility, it is treatable.
What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome?
Our San Antonio fertility doctors know that each PCOS patient is unique because the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome vary. However, some of the most common symptoms include irregular or absent menstrual cycles, excessive body and facial hair, acne, difficulty losing weight, thinning hair and infertility.
Our San Antonio fertility doctors may rely on a woman’s health history, physical exam, pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound and blood work to make a diagnosis. To diagnose PCOS, a woman must have two of the following symptoms:
- Irregular or absent periods and ovulation
- Elevated levels of male hormone (androgen) production
- Multiple cysts on the ovaries
What are the treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome?
Because women who have polycystic ovary syndrome do not ovulate regularly or at all, it can be difficult for these women to become pregnant without help from fertility treatments. In addition to infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome can cause several other health problems, including metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, heart disease, obesity and endometrial cancer.
Although PCOS can cause infertility and other health issues, it is treatable. If a woman is overweight, our San Antonio fertility doctors will recommend weight loss. Weight loss of just 5% can improve the symptoms of PCOS. Our doctors may also prescribe Metformin to reduce blood sugar levels. Several studies have also shown that Metformin can help make fertility treatments more effective for women with PCOS.
Almost all women with PCOS will require treatment with fertility medications to induce ovulation. Common medications include Clomid and Femara. Our San Antonio fertility doctors may prescribe them in conjunction with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI), depending on the patient’s unique situation.
With the right diagnosis and treatment, the majority of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are able to conceive and make their dreams of parenthood come true. Contact our San Antonio fertility doctors to schedule an appointment and learn more about overcoming PCOS.