September is PCOS Awareness Month. This aims to raise awareness and improve the lives of women who are affected and suffering from PCOS. This celebration also helps women overcome their symptoms and prevent or reduce the risks of developing life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

To learn more about PCOS, please feel free to contact us at Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center.

There are many women who doesn’t even know that they have PCOS, because its symptoms can vary from woman to woman. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal condition common among women of reproductive age.

Women with PCOS produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones. This hormonal imbalance causes infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods that makes the woman harder to get pregnant. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the risk of long-term complications of PCOS.

PCOS can sometime be difficult to diagnose as there is no single test that can diagnose PCOS. Your symptoms may develop sooner or around your first menstrual period during puberty or may develop later in your life. The signs and symptoms may vary but the most common you may experience are:

· Polycystic ovaries – Your ovaries may be enlarged and contains follicles surrounding the eggs and can only be seen during an ultrasound

· Irregular periods – this means that your ovaries may not release eggs regularly

· Elevated estrogen – your male hormones may be higher than normal, which can cause you to develop physical signs such as facial hair and occasionally severe acne

· Acne – high estrogen levels in your body can make your skin oilier that causes breakouts on areas like the face, chest and back

· Weight gain – Most women with PCOS are overweight or are obese

 

The exact cause for PCOS is still unknown and doctors don’t know all the reasons why you develop PCOS. Though it could be attributed to your genes. If your mother and/or sister have it, you most likely would have it too. It can also be because you have hormonal imbalance. Because of PCOS, your body could be making androgens higher than normal. Androgens are the males hormones, that even a woman like you, also produces. It could also be that your body produces too much insulin which affects your ovaries and its abilities to ovulate.

Currently, there is no cure for PCOS. But you can manage your symptoms through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. There are also medications available for treating PCOS. And if you want to get pregnant, fertility treatment is often very helpful.

If you have the symptoms that indicates that you have PCOS, it is best to consult the best gynecologists in Brooklyn. At Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center, we have the best gynecologist that treats women with gyn problems. We provide women with quality health care services. Our specialists aim to deliver the highest quality of healthcare. To book an appointment, you can visit us 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York or call us at 347-955-3465. You can also visit our website at http://www.gynecologistbrooklyn.com/ to book an online appointment.