Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a women health problem that afflicts one in 10 women of childbearing age, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. At ForeViva Medical Clinique of Menlo Park, California, Dr. Joelle Osias specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating PCOS. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns, call the office, or book on the website today for compassionate women’s healthcare.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that affects women of childbearing age. PCOS can result in prolonged menstrual periods or excess levels of androgens, or male hormones.
In many cases of PCOS, the ovaries develop a number of small collections of fluid, or follicles, and can’t regularly release eggs.
Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
The exact cause of PCOS isn’t clear, but there are certain factors that can play a role.
Insulin is the hormone produced by your pancreas that allows your cells to properly utilize sugar as one of your energy sources. If your cells become resistant to insulin over time, your blood sugar levels can rise, invoking your body to produce even more insulin to combat this surge.
Androgen production increases with high amounts of insulin and can impact ovulation.
Low-grade inflammation refers to the higher amount of white blood cells that produce substances to fight infection. The low-grade inflammation can stimulate polycystic ovaries and androgen production in some women. Many women have excess androgen production for unknown reasons.
Researchers have linked specific genes to the condition.
The symptoms of PCOS usually develop during puberty or the first menstrual period. In some cases, PCOS can develop later, often due to substantial weight gain.
Complications of PCOS include:
PCOS is typically diagnosed with methods, such as:
Dr. Osias treats PCOS with a number of methods, including:
If you have concerns or symptoms of PCOS, Dr. Osias can help. Call or book online to take care of your reproductive health.