How PCOS treatment can help women overcome fertility barriers
The doctors at our Southern California fertility clinic guide many women through PCOS treatment. An imbalance of hormones causes PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, and it can result in a range of uncomfortable symptoms. This condition affects millions of women, and it is one of the leading causes of infertility. However, with the right support, women can overcome the challenges of PCOS.
The most common symptoms of PCOS
One of the first steps of receiving effective PCOS treatment is knowing what the common symptoms are. Looking out for these symptoms and receiving treatment is important, as PCOS is sometimes linked to diabetes, anxiety and depression, heart disease, certain cancers and obesity.
- Irregular periods
- Ovarian cysts
- High levels of androgens (a male-type hormone)
- Elevated insulin levels
- Weight gain
- Facial hair
- High blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol
Because polycystic ovary syndrome can be difficult to spot without professional support, the doctors at our Southern California fertility clinic recommend women receive an evaluation by a fertility specialist as soon as they suspect they have PCOS.
To diagnose PCOS, the fertility specialist reviews a woman’s medical history, and often orders a pelvic exam, blood tests and an ultrasound. The doctor will typically make a diagnosis of PCOS if the woman has two of the three main symptoms. These include elevated androgen levels, irregular periods and multiple ovarian cysts.
What should you know about PCOS treatment?
PCOS treatment typically involves a few options. One of the initial recommendations most doctors make when treating an overweight or obese woman with PCOS is weight loss. Even losing just 5% of body weight can minimize a woman’s PCOS symptoms. If a woman is not trying to conceive, the doctor might also prescribe hormonal birth control pills, as they often manage symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, acne and excessive body hair.
For a woman trying to become pregnant, a specialist at our Southern California fertility clinic might prescribe ovulation induction medication. This medication can help the woman overcome the ovulation issues PCOS can cause. The doctor may also recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) in certain situations.
If you are experiencing symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, we’re here to help. Our team can support you with everything from diagnosis to treatment. Contact us for more information about treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome.