PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, can cause women to experience a range of distressing changes in their body and problems with their periods, but you can find relief from these unpleasant symptoms with the appropriate treatment plan. Diane Mustafa, MD, of Women’s Care of Passaic in New Jersey, is a board-certified gynecologist who excels at diagnosing and treating PCOS. For compassionate PCOS care, call the Passaic clinic today or book an appointment online.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder caused by a hormonal imbalance in women during their childbearing years. Women with PCOS typically have an excess of the male hormone androgen in their body, which disrupts the menstrual cycle. Some women also develop small cysts on their ovaries, but not everyone with PCOS develops cysts.
PCOS can lead to complications such as:
Infertility is a common problem for women who have PCOS, and it’s often investigations into the cause of a couple’s infertility that leads to a diagnosis of PCOS.
The experience of PCOS varies between patients, but typical symptoms include:
Multiple small cysts may form on your ovaries, which can affect your fertility. You may not be aware you have any cysts, but if you have problems conceiving, PCOS could be the cause.
PCOS isn’t easy to diagnose, as no single test can identify it, so Dr. Mustafa starts by reviewing your symptoms and carrying out a pelvic exam to look for abnormalities in your reproductive organs. Blood tests can measure androgen and insulin levels, and a transvaginal ultrasound can show Dr. Mustafa images of your internal organs and enable her to check your endometrium.
If you have PCOS, Dr. Mustafa prepares a treatment program that aims to reduce the effects of the condition. The treatment program prioritizes your particular concerns. Infertility treatments are a priority if you’re trying to conceive.
Making healthy lifestyle changes is a key part of relieving the symptoms of PCOS, so eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight can all make a significant difference to PCOS. Dr. Mustafa may also prescribe hormone therapies to stabilize your periods, or medications to help you ovulate if you’re hoping to conceive.
Find out more about the treatments and support available for women with PCOS by calling Women’s Care of Passaic today or booking an appointment online.