Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is common among women in their childbearing years, but the condition is often misdiagnosed. At Bethany Women’s Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona, Giuseppe Ramunno, MD, and the rest of their team offer comprehensive diagnostic and testing services for PCOS. Booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a type of hormonal disorder. It usually occurs during a woman’s reproductive years and can cause a wide range of troubling symptoms. Many women with PCOS will develop tiny cysts on their ovaries, but some women with the disorder do not experience cysts.
Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of PCOS, but believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors is to blame. It appears that there is a link between excess insulin production and PCOS. Systemic, low-grade inflammation might also be a causal factor.
There is also evidence to support excessive androgen production as a cause of PCOS. Androgens are sex hormones produced by men in high levels. Though women also have a volume of androgens, they can cause serious disruptions if those levels rise.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of PCOS can be helpful in letting you know when to schedule a diagnostic exam. Some of the indications that you might have PCOS include:
Infertility is a common symptom of PCOS. In fact, many women are unaware they have the condition until they have trouble getting pregnant and come in for a fertility evaluation.
The primary treatment for PCOS is hormone therapy. This approach seeks to create improved hormonal balance through supplemental hormones. Although some women respond better to progestin therapy, birth control pills are another option.
There is a clear link between being overweight and developing PCOS. Weight loss efforts can go a long way toward improving your symptoms. Your gynecologist can discuss weight-loss options with you to find the right fit for your needs and lifestyle.
Some symptoms of PCOS can be treated individually. For example, if hair loss is a concern, many topical treatments can help, as well as numerous hair regrowth treatment options to choose from. The team at Bethany Women's Healthcare can address unwanted hair growth through laser hair removal.
When you’re ready to learn more about diagnostic or treatment services for PCOS, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes little time to complete.