One in ten women has PCOS, making it a relatively common gynecological issue. It is one of the leading causes of infertility among women and can put you at risk of other health conditions as you get older. If you’re struggling with irregular periods and other hormonal issues, you might be experiencing symptoms of PCOS.
At University Reproductive Associates, with offices in Hasbrouck Heights, Wayne, and Hoboken, New Jersey, our fertility experts can diagnose and treat PCOS symptoms and even help you overcome infertility related to the condition.
Common symptoms of PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects the female reproductive system. It occurs when the body produces large amounts of male hormones, or androgens. That can lead to many issues, particularly irregular periods and infertility. However, these two symptoms are often shared with other reproductive conditions.
If you think you might have PCOS, here are five other signs to look for:
- Female-patterned baldness, which causes thinning around your temples and hair part
- Facial hair and thick body hair, caused by excess male hormones in the body
- Weight gain, which can be caused by PCOS, trigger it, or worsen your condition
- Adult acne, caused by hormone imbalances that trigger outbreaks
- Skin darkening, particularly around the groin, neck, underarms, and under the breasts
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but an early diagnosis can help you find treatment and avoid certain comorbid conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
There is no definitive way to diagnose PCOS. Instead, various tests are performed to determine if you have it. Many women discover they have PCOS after struggling to get pregnant, experiencing severe symptoms, or gaining a significant amount of weight.
It can be difficult to get a PCOS diagnosis, which is why it’s important to consult a gynecologist that will take you seriously, like those on the team at University Reproductive Associates. We will take note of your symptoms and might administer the following exams:
- Pelvic exam to search for abnormalities
- Transvaginal ultrasound to examine the ovaries
- Blood tests to check your hormone levels
If you’re experiencing unexplained weight gain, acne, excessive hair growth or loss, or skin darkening, be sure to point these out during your visit. These are common signs of PCOS and should be taken into account.
Treating PCOS is as varied as diagnosing it. Our team at University Reproductive Associates takes an individualized approach to each case, and we will help you decide how to move forward.
If you are overweight, a diet and exercise plan can help you manage your condition and reduce your symptoms. If you are trying to have a baby, medication can encourage ovulation. In some cases, our team might recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help you conceive. Hormone treatments may be able to help you balance your body.
To learn more about PCOS and its effect on your fertility, schedule an appointment with the experts at URA. You can get in touch by calling the location closest to you or ask for a telemedicine consultation.