Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects about one in 10 women of childbearing age. If you suffer from irregular periods, excess facial or body hair, or infertility, PCOS might be to blame. The team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York can detect and treat PCOS to relieve symptoms and optimize your quality of life. Call one of the convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or book online today.
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormone disorder that commonly occurs in women of childbearing age. It’s associated with excess male hormone androgen in your body and unpleasant symptoms.
Early detection and treatment help prevent complications associated with the disorder.
Signs and symptoms you might experience with PCOS include:
Women with PCOS have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Your risk of depression, anxiety, miscarriage, premature birth, sleep apnea, eating disorders, and endometrial cancer also increases with PCOS. Family history of the disease and obesity boost your chance of developing PCOS.
To diagnose PCOS and develop a treatment plan, the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC asks questions about your medical history, symptoms, and menstrual periods. There’s no test that definitively diagnoses PCOS, but your provider checks for signs of acne, insulin resistance, excess hair growth, and other symptoms of the disease.
They complete a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, and might recommend you undergo blood tests, ultrasound, or additional diagnostic testing procedures.
While there’s no cure for PCOS, your provider might recommend the following treatments to better control symptoms and reduce your risk of complications:
Lifestyle changes that are often effective for PCOS symptom relief include weight loss if you’re overweight, carbohydrate control, and regular exercise.
Taking certain medications can prevent complications associated with PCOS. Your provider might recommend you take birth control pills to regulate periods, clear up acne, and reduce male hormones within your body. Other medications help you ovulate and improve fertility, or reduce excess facial or body hair growth.
In addition to taking medications to reduce unwanted hair growth, your provider might suggest you try creams or electrolysis to destroy unwanted hair follicles.
In some cases, your provider might recommend you undergo surgery or try in vitro fertilization to help you become pregnant.
Don’t live with unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms associated with PCOS when simple treatments can offer you relief. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC over the phone or online today.