Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects many women. What complicates it is that no two cases of PCOS are the same. Some women deal with daily, troublesome symptoms that impact their overall quality of life. At Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX, we work regularly with women to help determine if they have the condition and then find the most effective and appropriate treatments to alleviate common issues associated with this problem, including infertility and irregular menstruation.
What is polycystic ovary syndrome?
The providers at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston describe polycystic ovary syndrome as a hormonal, or endocrine, disorder. Symptoms typically start at the beginning of menstruation in adolescent years, though some don’t notice problems until later on in their adult lives. It is said to be the most common hormonal disorder in women during their reproductive ages, affecting anywhere between five to ten percent of individuals, including those of all nationalities and ethnicities.
What are some common symptoms of PCOS?
The type of symptoms a woman experiences varies from patient to patient. Below are just a few of the combination of characteristics a woman might notice if she has PCOS:
- Hair loss
- Excessive hair growth on the face and body
- Infertility/reduced fertility
- Polycystic ovaries
In addition, women with certain conditions may find that they are linked to PCOS. Women with PCOS may find themselves with other problems such as:
- OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance
- Lipid abnormalities
- Endometrial cancer
Getting a diagnosis of PCOS
To diagnose this condition, the team at Northwest Women’s Center may perform a series of diagnostic tests which may include:
- Blood testing
- Physical evaluations
- Knowledge of a family/genetic connection
Discuss your needs today
If you suspect you have PCOS or have recently received a diagnosis, it is time to work with an experienced staff to discuss your specific needs. At Northwest Women’s Center, our providers are here to educate you on your options. Call our office at (281) 444-3440 to request a consultation appointment at our office at 13215 Dotson Road, Suite #200.