Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) happens when a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an imbalance found in the reproductive hormones in women. Hormonal imbalances and metabolic issues can arise from PCOS and can affect the overall health and appearance. In PCOS, ovaries face the most challenges. Eggs may not develop correctly or release during ovulation. The risk of PCOS is higher if women are obese or through genetics. High levels of androgens (male hormones) or insulin are also contributing factors.

Complications
PCOS can cause missed or irregular menstrual cycles. An irregularity in the cycle may lead to infertility or the development of cysts. Externally, women may develop hirsutism (too much facial hair or parts of the body where men usually have hair), acne, thinning hair (male-pattern baldness), weight gain, darkening of the skin, or skin tags (excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area).

Symptoms Include:

Irregular periods
Heavy bleeding
Hirsutism/excessive hair growth (face, back, belly, and chest)
Acne (breakouts on face, chest, and upper back)

Weight gain
Male-pattern baldness
Darkening of the skin
Headaches

Management
Though there is no cure, a treatment plan can be created between you and your doctor. Lifestyle changes that include diet and/or weight loss, as well as a composite of processes may be implemented. Hair removal methods or hormone altering medications (like birth control) are also available.

HOW WE CAN HELP

Hormone Therapy

Birth control is used to help regulate menstrual cycles, and simultaneously lower androgens. It is effective and can be prescribed.

Metformin

Used to treat Type 2 Diabetes, this can also be used to improve insulin levels for PCOS.