Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can cause missed or irregular periods, multiple cysts on the ovaries, excess hair on the face and body, elevated insulin levels, excess weight (particularly around the middle), high blood pressure and acne.

Women who have PCOS typically have high levels of androgens(testosterone), which are male hormones normally produced in small amounts in all women’s bodies. The cause is unknown. PCOS may affect between six and 10 percent of all women.

PCOS is principally a metabolic problem and that many treatment approaches are similar to those for insulin resistance. For example, exercise is “an absolute must – no exceptions!” This means exercising for at least 30 minutes every day and starting an anti-inflammatory diet.

Our practice will diagnose the condition and create a plan for treatment- diet, medications or hormones as necessary.