Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects around 10% of women of childbearing age and is a leading cause of infertility. At Bay OB-GYN, PC, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, gynecologist Rubin Frenkel, MD, specializes in managing PCOS symptoms and possible complications, including ovarian follicles. To schedule an appointment, call either New York City office or book online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in women. If you have it, an imbalance of hormones causes problems within your ovaries and can have far-reaching effects on your wellness.
Experts aren’t sure of what causes PCOS, but they believe that excess insulin and excess androgen play a role.
Androgens are male hormones, and women with PCOS tend to produce more than the average woman. This overproduction stops you from ovulating, so your ovaries have trouble releasing an egg every month.
As a result of your PCOS, your ovaries may develop fluid collections called follicles or cysts.
PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, though this infertility is often treatable. Dr. Frenkel can discuss the options available to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
One of the main symptoms of PCOS is menstrual cycle irregularity. It’s common to experience abnormal or irregular bleeding due to PCOS or missed periods.
Some women with PCOS have periods more often or stop experiencing them altogether. If your menstrual periods are irregular in any way, you should let Dr. Frenkel know.
PCOS can cause an array of other symptoms, too, primarily due to excess androgens. These include:
Usually, the symptoms of PCOS are more severe if you’re overweight or obese. The condition can also cause weight gain or make it hard for you to lose weight.
While PCOS does not currently have a cure, Dr. Frenkel can help you manage your symptoms with many available treatments and services. While considering your treatment options, you should consider your health risks as well as whether or not you’re interested in getting pregnant.
To help you manage your PCOS symptoms, Dr. Frenkel might recommend or prescribe:
If you want to get pregnant and are looking to treat infertility that often comes with PCOS, Dr. Frenkel might recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) or medications that encourage ovulation.
You might also consider aesthetic treatments for cosmetic PCOS complications, like hair loss treatments for baldness or hair removal services for unwanted facial hair.
To learn more about PCOS and the treatments available for its effects, call Bay OB-GYN, PC, or schedule an appointment online today.