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PCOS

Women's Health Services

OBGYNs located in Arlington, TX

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects an estimated one out of every 10 American women. For many, the path to an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan is challenging. The team at Women's Health Services in Arlington, Texas, brings a wealth of experience with PCOS and can help you find answers and chart out solutions. When you’re ready to get started, book an appointment online, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that affects many women during their childbearing years. The condition is characterized by overproduction of androgens, which are often referred to as “male” hormones.

Hormones act as chemical messengers in the human body. Multiple hormones focus on reproduction, controlling menstruation, ovulation, and more. When these hormones become unbalanced, a wide range of symptoms can occur.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS presents a wide range of symptoms, which can make it challenging to diagnose. Many women suffer from symptoms for years before they get an accurate diagnosis.

The symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Weight gain
  • Hair growth on your back, chest, face, and belly
  • Acne
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Headaches
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Balding

Not all women suffer the full range of symptoms. In many cases, women assume these changes are part of the aging process or simply a normal change, and they fail to seek diagnostic attention.

Why is it important to treat PCOS?

Left untreated, PCOS can have serious ramifications. Infertility is a common outcome, as PCOS alters your ovulation process. Metabolic syndrome is also a risk. This condition increases your risk level for diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Sleep apnea is also linked to PCOS. Not getting adequate rest at night can cause a spiraling effect and can take a toll on your overall health and wellness. Depression and anxiety are also more common in women with PCOS.

What can be done to treat PCOS?

There is no single standard treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome. Treatment focuses on addressing your specific symptoms. At Women’s Health Services, customized treatment plans are created to deliver targeted results.

Medication might play a role in your treatment path. Hormonal birth control can help to regulate your hormone levels. If your PCOS is linked to insulin problems, a drug formulated to treat diabetes can help by enhancing your insulin levels.

If you have PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, there are fertility drugs that can help you reach your goals of motherhood. A comprehensive fertility treatment plan becomes the central focus on your PCOS care.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, there are medications that can boost hair growth. In some cases, excess hair growth is the problem, and treatments like laser hair removal can address unwanted hair growth.

If you’d like to explore diagnostic and treatment services for PCOS, schedule an appointment today. Online booking is available, or you’re always welcome to call the practice to check availability.