Contemporary Women's Care
OBGYNs located in Plano, TX
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as one in 10 women during their childbearing years. If you have irregular periods, abnormal hair growth, or weight gain issues, contact Contemporary Women's Care in Plano, Texas, for a PCOS exam. Request your appointment through the website or call the clinic to schedule over the phone today.
PCOS Q & A
What causes PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) occurs when you have an imbalance in reproductive hormones. This imbalance affects your ovaries. Instead of making and releasing a healthy egg each month during your cycle, the egg may not develop properly, or it may never be released. This can lead to painful cysts and problems getting pregnant.
While the exact cause of PCOS isn’t known, the following factors can increase your risk:
- High levels of male hormones (androgens)
- Elevated levels of insulin
- Obesity or being overweight
- Insulin resistance
- Sedentary lifestyle
Your risk of struggling with PCOS is greater if this condition runs in your family.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS often leads to very irregular periods. You may find your periods come more frequently, or there’s an excessive amount of time between your periods. It’s also common to miss periods altogether. PCOS can even lead to:
- Unwanted body hair growth, especially on your face
- Weight gain or difficulty losing or maintaining your weight
- Acne on your face, chest, and upper back
- Thinning hair or bald patches
- Painful ovarian cysts
- Skin tags
PCOS also leads to skin darkening in many cases. You might notice that the creases of your skin, like underneath your breasts, appear darker than other areas. If any of these PCOS symptoms affect you, contact Contemporary Women's Care for an evaluation so you can get started on treatment.
Is there a treatment for PCOS?
While no cure exists for PCOS, the expert OB/GYNs at Contemporary Women's Care can provide a personalized treatment plan to help relieve or resolve your symptoms. Your PCOS management plan will likely include a combination of medications, such as:
- Hormonal birth control
- Anti-androgen medications
- Prescription weight-loss medications
If you want to become pregnant, your dedicated OB/GYN can help you get started on infertility medications to enhance ovulation and increase your chances of conceiving. Contemporary Women's Care is dedicated to helping you get through the most complex PCOS issues.
Use the online scheduler to request your PCOS evaluation at Contemporary Women's Care today. You can also call to schedule a PCOS evaluation over the phone.
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