Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Timeless Health MD

Gynecologist/Urogynecologist Cosmetic & Robotic Surgeons located in West Covina, CA

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, can cause women to experience a range of distressing changes in their body and problems with their periods, but you can find relief from these unpleasant symptoms with the appropriate treatment plan. At Tangchitnob MD in West Covina, California, Dr. Dumrong Tangchitnob and Dr. Edward Tangchitnobis are the father-son team of OB/GYNs who excel at diagnosing and treating PCOS. For compassionate PCOS care, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q & A

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder caused by a hormonal imbalance in women during their childbearing years. Women with PCOS typically have an excess of the male hormone androgen in their body, which disrupts the menstrual cycle. Some women also develop small cysts on their ovaries, but not everyone with PCOS develops cysts.

PCOS can lead to complications such as:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature birth
  • Severe liver inflammation
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometrial cancer

Infertility is a common problem for women who have PCOS, and it’s often investigations into the cause of a couple’s infertility that leads to a diagnosis of PCOS.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

The experience of PCOS varies between patients, but typical symptoms include:

  • Irregular, infrequent, or prolonged menstrual cycles
  • Hirsutism, the growth of excess body and facial hair
  • Severe acne
  • Male pattern baldness

Multiple small cysts may form on your ovaries, which can affect your fertility. You may not be aware you have any cysts, but if you have problems conceiving, PCOS could be the cause.

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome diagnosed?

PCOS isn’t easy to diagnose, as no single test can identify it, so the doctors at Tangchitnob MD start by reviewing your symptoms and carrying out a pelvic exam to look for abnormalities in your reproductive organs. Blood tests can measure androgen and insulin levels, and a transvaginal ultrasound can show your doctor images of your internal organs and enable them to check your endometrium.

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome treated?

If you have PCOS, your doctor prepares a treatment program that aims to reduce the effects of the condition. The treatment program prioritizes your particular concerns. 

Making healthy lifestyle changes is a key part of relieving the symptoms of PCOS, so eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight can all make a significant difference to PCOS. Your doctor may also prescribe hormone therapies to stabilize your periods or medications to help you ovulate if you’re hoping to conceive.

Find out more about the treatments and support available for women with PCOS by calling Tangchitnob MD today or booking an appointment online.


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