Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is quite common and affects women of all sizes and shapes of reproductive age, though it tends to be more prevalent in obese and overweight women. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but it is associated with hormone imbalance and metabolic problems. It’s estimated that 5-10% of women of childbearing age in the United States have PCOS. According to the PCOS foundation, however, a greater majority of women are either undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or unaware of their condition.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Two common signs and symptoms of PCOS are irregular menstrual cycles and hirsutism (excessive hair growth due to high levels of androgen on areas normally seen on males like the face, chest, upper thighs, chin, and sometimes stomach). Other symptoms include infertility, male pattern baldness, weight gain, and severe acne.

The imbalance of reproductive hormones affects a woman’s eggs and can produce irregular menstrual cycles. In women who suffer from PCOS, their ovaries may not release matured eggs, and instead develop a collection of fluid sacs.

Health-Related Complications

Some of the resulting complications of suffering from PCOS include infertility, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, Syndrome X (prediabetes state), sleep apnea, obesity, abnormal uterine bleeding, miscarriage or premature birth, and depression.

We Can Help

Do you have any of the above concerns or suspect you may have PCOS? Dr. Delgado along with her caring and knowledgeable staff, can help you manage these symptoms and address any concerns you may have. Request an appointment using our online booking system or call the office at 571-261-8069.

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