Do you experience very irregular periods? Do you have a difficult time losing weight? You may be dealing with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that causes cysts to grow on your ovaries. Gynecology specialists Dr. Nicola Rotberg and Dr. Sarah Jordan at Grapevine Women’s Health and Gynecology, LLC, in Hillsboro, Oregon, provide advanced treatment for women with PCOS. For more information, call the office or book an appointment online.
PCOS is a hormonal condition that often affects women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS produce too much testosterone, a male sex hormone, increasing the risk of developing cysts on their ovaries, affecting the release of eggs and potentially causing infertility.
You may be at an increased risk of developing PCOS if you have a family history of the disorder or your body produces excessive amounts of testosterone or insulin.
If left untreated, PCOS may increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Common symptoms of PCOS include:
You may experience these symptoms in adolescence or later in life, most often after gaining weight.
Diagnosis may require additional testing, such as a blood test or an ultrasound.
The physicians at Grapevine Women’s Health and Gynecology use a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes to help you manage your PCOS.
To improve the regularity of your period and reduce growth of unwanted hair, Dr. Rotberg or Dr. Jordan may prescribe birth control or other forms of hormone therapy. For fertility and ovulation, medications such as clomiphene, letrozole, or metformin may be recommended.
Maintaining a healthy weight may improve your PCOS symptoms. However, weight loss can be difficult.
As a practice which focuses on wellness and prevention, the team at Grapevine Women’s Health and Gynecology provides one-on-one nutritional counseling to help improve your diet to achieve and maintain a healthier weight for better symptom control. Even losing as little as 5% of your current weight can significantly improve your symptoms.
Due to the effects, PCOS has on your hormones, including insulin, limiting carbohydrate intake is often recommended
In addition to diet, the team also recommends you engage in regular exercise.
Whether you have PCOS or you’re experiencing symptoms that might indicate PCOS, call the office or schedule an appointment online.