Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects almost one in 10 women of childbearing age in the United States, making it a fairly common condition. But this statistic may be of little help if you’re one of the 10%. What may provide some relief is knowing that Dr. Gila Leiter, Dr. Shari Leipzig, and Dr. Douglas Moss at Park Avenue Women’s Center are equipped to diagnose, treat, and manage your condition. If you’re in Yorkville, Upper East Side, New York City and you need evaluation or treatment of PCOS, call the office or use the online booking tool to get help.
At its core, PCOS is a hormone problem resulting in an imbalance in your reproductive hormones. Because of this imbalance, when your ovaries attempt to produce eggs each month, they may not develop or release properly, causing your period to be delayed.
Most women develop PCOS between the ages of 15-44, and the condition isn’t partial to any particular race. Medical research has linked PCOS to heredity, as well as obesity and insulin resistance.
The symptoms of PCOS are varied since the hormone imbalance creates a cascading effect throughout your body. For example, because of the hormonal imbalance, you’re left with a higher-than-normal level of male hormone in your system, which can lead to symptoms that may include acne, hair loss, and hair growth in places normally associated with men, such as your face and back.
PCOS can also affect how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone responsible for blood sugar regulation, increasing your chances of developing diabetes.
As mentioned above, PCOS also leads to the underdevelopment or poor release of your eggs, which can cause irregular periods and leaves some women with fertility issues.
There is no single test to determine whether you have PCOS, but the team at Park Avenue Women’s Center is highly adept at diagnosing the condition. To do this, your doctor starts with a full review of your symptoms and your medical history, as well as your family’s medical history. Park Avenue Women’s Center is also equipped with in-office sonography, allowing your doctor to visualize your ovaries.
To come up with the best plan for your situation, your OB/GYN reviews your health and your goals and discusses your treatment options with you.
If you’re not hoping to get pregnant, this may include hormonal birth control to regulate your hormones, or management of acne and excess hair growth that may accompany this diagnosis. If you do want to get pregnant, your doctor will discuss your options.
Diet and exercise can improve your condition considerably and your doctor will help guide you on lifestyle improvements.
If you’re dealing with the effects of PCOS, call Park Avenue Women’s Center or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.