Roughly 10% of reproductive-aged women, including young adolescents, have polycystic ovary syndrome. It’s crucial to get a medical evaluation as soon as you experience symptoms because polycystic ovary syndrome can cause infertility and chronic health conditions. Dr. Michelle Starke has extensive experience creating customized treatment plans that meet each woman’s needs. If you have any questions, call the office in Coral Gables, Florida or book an appointment online.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) arises from hormonal imbalances, primarily male sex hormones (androgens).
Women usually produce a small amount of androgens, such as testosterone, but when you have PCOS, your androgen levels are abnormally high. As a result, your eggs may not develop normally or release every month.
PCOS can occur any time after you reach puberty. It causes three primary symptoms:
Many women develop acne or start to lose their hair. Other common symptoms of PCOS are skin tags on your armpits or neck and darkened skin on your neck or under your breasts.
The hormone imbalances of polycystic ovary syndrome increase your risk for several other health problems:
Since your ovaries stop producing or releasing eggs, polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility.
More than half of all women who have polycystic ovary syndrome experience weight gain. This could be due to high levels of androgens or because many women with PCOS develop insulin resistance.
About 40% of women with PCOS develop insulin resistance, even if they don’t gain weight. Insulin resistance increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of chronic problems, including excess fat around your waist, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
Since there’s no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome, treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms. Dr. Starke provides weight loss counseling if you need to lose weight and nutrition therapy to make up for nutrient deficiencies that are found during testing.
The doctor may prescribe one of the many possible medications available to help:
If you have signs of polycystic ovary syndrome, schedule a thorough examination by calling Dr. Starke or using online booking.