Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common yet treatable cause of infertility that affects 10% of women of childbearing age. At Dekalb Women's Specialists in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating PCOS. PCOS is a hormonal condition that often causes irregular and heavy periods. Left untreated, it can lead to fertility problems. If you have symptoms of PCOS, effective treatments are available. Schedule an appointment with the team today by calling or using the online system.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that may lead to infertility in women. If you have PCOS, it means a large number of small, fluid-filled cysts have developed on or inside either of your ovaries. Because of a problem with your hormones, an egg may not develop properly within the ovary, or it may not be released during ovulation as it’s supposed to.
The reason this happens for some women isn’t completely clear, but you may be at risk of developing PCOS if you’re obese or have a family member with PCOS.
Common signs of PCOS include:
PCOS may make it difficult for you to become pregnant since your ovaries may not release an egg each month. Untreated PCOS can also lead to other health complications, such as:
While there’s no cure for PCOS, after the team diagnoses your condition, they can prescribe a treatment plan that relieves symptoms and helps regulate your menstrual cycle.
Treatments for PCOS depend on any underlying causes and your overall health. The team may recommend lifestyle changes like losing weight or modifying your diet and exercise plan. Medications such as birth control pills that contain the hormones estrogen and progestin may help regulate your hormones and ease symptoms.
Other treatment options include progestin therapy from an intrauterine device (IUD) that delivers the hormone and helps regulate your periods. Progestin may also help protect you against endometrial cancer. Additional medications may facilitate ovulation to increase your chances of becoming pregnant while easing the symptoms of PCOS.
Learn more about relief from PCOS by calling one of the Dekalb Women's Specialists offices to schedule a complete exam, or use the convenient online booking feature.