Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


One in 10 American women of child-bearing age suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. It stops you from conceiving and possibly leads to heart trouble or even cancer. Whenever you feel pain in your lower abdomen or experience irregular periods, it’s time to visit a medical professional. At the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY, you have access to gynecologists and endocrinologists who diagnose and treat your condition. Don’t suffer; call for an appointment today.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a fairly common condition that affects your hormones. In America alone, nearly five million women of childbearing age suffer from this condition. Since its symptoms aren’t always obvious, most women are diagnosed with the condition only when they’re unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant.

There are effective treatments for PCOS, but early diagnosis is recommended. The Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, New York is a multi-specialty facility. That means you have access to specialized doctors like endocrinologists and gynecologists who know how to spot PCOS early.

Preventing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

A sedentary lifestyle with a diet high in fat increases your weight, which exacerbates polycystic ovarian syndrome. The first thing your doctor may suggest is a change in your diet as a prevention method. A healthy diet helps you maintain your glucose levels and minimizes your PCOS symptoms.

You’re also directed to increase your activity level. Join a gym or take up a sport. Walking, jogging or swimming are excellent ways to burn calories and advance a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your weight in check is one of the best ways to:

The Causes and Complications of PCOS

The exact causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome aren’t known, although risk factors point to:

The symptoms vary from woman to woman. Some women develop symptoms during puberty, when they first menstruate. Others develop the condition after gaining a lot of weight. In fact, obesity seems to make your symptoms worse. This condition can cause other serious long-term health issues, such as:

When to Suspect Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Whenever you have abdominal pain or irregular periods, you should seek a medical consultation with your gynecologist or primary care physician. Abdominal pain, especially in your lower abdomen, can signal any number of serious conditions. Irregular periods may include menstruations that are particularly heavy, prolonged or too far apart.

Consulting a Medex specialist at the earliest abnormal symptom is the best way to stop PCOS from ruining your chances of motherhood. Watch for signs that may point to PCOS, especially if you’re overweight, that include:

Diagnosing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Your endocrinology expert at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center usually talks with you about your symptoms and menstrual cycle. The next step is a pelvic exam to see if there are masses or any abnormal growths. You may also need to undergo blood tests that check your hormone levels. Excess levels of androgen and insulin in your blood are high indicators for PCOS.

Additionally, your doctor may order an ultrasound test. The test uses sound waves, emitted from a handheld device, that bounce back to reveal the shape and size of your ovaries. Your gynecologist or endocrinologist can easily detect any abnormalities. Even the thickness of the uterus lining is visible.

How Does PCOS Treatment Work?

Along with lifestyle changes, your endocrinologist may prescribe medications to help you in three areas:

  1. Menstrual cycle. Whether you use birth control pills, a skin patch, an intrauterine device or a vaginal ring, the hormone treatment eases your symptoms. The treatments are refined to regulate your estrogen and reduce your progestin levels. Of course, this is not the treatment if you’re trying to conceive.
  2. Ovulation. Medications to help you ovulate fall into several categories. Your Queens endocrinologist determines the right treatment for your specific case. All are geared to maximize your chances of conception.
  3. Hair growth. One of the complications of PCOS is an excess of male hormones, which can lead to body hair. Your doctor recommends a number of treatments to relieve this symptom. At the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center, your treatment is handled with care and in confidence.

If you’re having trouble conceiving or you’ve noticed other unusual symptoms, visit your gynecologist. If it turns out you’re suffering from PCOS, see an in-house endocrinologist at Medex, where many medical specialties are represented. Contact the multi-specialty practice to make an appointment.

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