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Pcos Syndrome Symptoms
Irregular cycles ...: Most women with pcos have one or more of: irregular periods or no cycles, acne, oily skin, unwanted hair growth especially on the face or lower stomach, infertility or subfertility (difficulty getting pregnant). Some women with pcos have little or no symptoms - we look at symptoms, blood tests and an ultrasound of the ovaries to make the diagnosis. Not all women with pcos have fertility issues. ...Read more
PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance in sex hormones. People with pcos often have high androgen (male hormone), irregular or missed periods or cysts in the ovaries. Genetic plays a role in this disorder although the exact cause is unknown. Treatment options are weight loss, birth control pills, metformin (diabetes pill), fertility meds, antiandrogen pills. ...Read more
What are the most common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome? Will you be infertile because of it?
PCOS: Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) might: ?Have fewer than 8 periods a year ?Grow thick, dark hair in places where only men tend to grow hair, such as on the upper lip, chin, sideburn area, chest, and belly ?Gain weight and become obese ?Have acne (oily skin and pimples on their face) ?Lose hair from their head like men do ?Have trouble getting pregnant without medical help ...Read more
What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome? I had diabetes and cysts on my ovaries when pregnant.
Various: Pcos is associated with weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, excess body/facial hair growth, scalp hair loss. It is usually caused by Insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes, hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, gout. You need to maintain a low carb/low starch diet, do regular exercise. You may benefit by being on metformin to treat Insulin resistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hoshimoto thyroiditis and polycystic ovarian syndrome, what herbal supplements can I take to help alleviate my symptoms?
None: Herbal therapies have no proven effectiveness for either disorder. ...Read more
Dx of exclusion: Pcos is a DX of exclusion where a female has hyperandrogenism and oligo/amenorrhea in the absence of another endocrine disorder like androgen secreting tumor, cushing's syndrome, cah, etc. Most females are Insulin resistant as well. Depending on which criteria you look at, ovarian cysts don't necessarily have to be part of the diagnosis. Pcos is a very old term and somewhat outdated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
PCOS: Pcos is generally best treated by a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. He/she should have gone through special training in the diagnosis and treatment of pcos. ...Read more
Yes definitely: In fact you can have pcos without having multiple small cysts on the ovary. The main issues with pcos are absent or infrequent periods, acne or abnormal hair growth and Insulin resistance or obesity. The appearance of the ovary on ultrasound is a reflection of the hormonal imbalances going on in the body with pcos. ...Read more
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