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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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How do I get tested for pcos? Can i be done by having a blood test?

How do I get tested for pcos?  Can i be done by having a blood test?

Blood and ultrasound: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular/no periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. We check for other causes of irregular/no cycles including low egg supply, thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See an OB or a rei specialist. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of PCOS?

What is the medical definition of PCOS?

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder in which women (of reproductive age) have enlarged ovaries with follicles that contain fluid. ...Read more

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I would like help understanding my pcos and what else I can try?

I would like help understanding my pcos and what else I can try?

Try this: Take a look at this website for a good, brief summary:
https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ ...Read more

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I have pcos and trying for a baby ...Please advise it has been 3years?

I have pcos and trying for a baby ...Please advise it has been 3years?

See your doctor.: There are medications that can induce ovulation, that is the most expedient way to overcome pcos and improve the chance for conception. If you are overweight, weight loss can improve your chances of conceiving - that can of course can take much longer. If ovulation induction doesn't work, you can cosider ivf by an infertility specialist. To start the process, see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PCOS even if it is long after having a child?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with PCOS even if it is long after having a child?

Yes, it is possible: Although having polycystic ovarian syndrome makes having a child more difficult, it is not impossible to become pregnant with having this disorder. A conversation with your primary care physician or an OB/GYN after your pregnancy could lead to the diagnosis of PCOS. ...Read more

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If I have pcos, how likely is it that I will be able to have children in the future?

If I have pcos, how likely is it that I will be able to have children in the future?

Age & how irregular?: Many women with pcos have no fertility issues, but some need infertility treatment, especially if pcos causes irregular cycles or no periods (not ovulating). In general, women with pcos respond better to fertility drugs than women without pcos, but pcos can affect egg quality - your age when you start trying is a major factor for your prego chances. See a repro endo when ttc if you're not regular. ...Read more

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Hello, I was wondering what food is recommended for me in order to help with my PCOS? PCOS

Hello, I was wondering what food is recommended for me in order to help with my PCOS?

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Varies: The answer depends on your goals. Many with PCOS struggle with weight loss. There are many PCOS diets online. Finding one that you enjoy and fits with your lifestyle will be key to success. Consider a healthtap virtual visit with one of our doctors who specializes in nutrition to go over a detailed plan individually designed for you ...Read more

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I had a miscarriage, is it because I have pcos?

I had a miscarriage,  is it because I have pcos?

No: There is no close connection between pcos and miscarriage. The biggest problem with pcos is getting pregnant in the first place. There are some hormonal reasons for miscarriage but these are not specific to folks with pcps. ...Read more

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Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

Can you have pcos with no symptoms?

PCOS CAN be: asymptomatic, but it is more often associated with symptoms such as irregular periods or amenorrhea (no periods), weight gain or obesity, excessive hair or abnormal hair growth, acne and oily skin. Infertility is also associated. Hope this helps ... stay well:) ...Read more

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Having trouble losing weight with pcos ?

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Having trouble losing weight with pcos ?

Weight loss: Its is common. Discuss with Gp and start on metformin. This will help loosing weight. Will need to see dietician and a trainer to help loose weight. If things don't work get hormone profile done and see a specialist ...Read more

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Does the medicine Ovacare help treat PCOS?

Vitamin: Ovacare is a vitamin and nutritional supplement. It contains Folic Acid, Inositol, L-Arginine, Selenium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6. None of these are harmful. There is not good scientific evidence that these really do much to help PCOS. It is not likely to be harmful ...Read more

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Will I never have babies because I have PCOS??

Will I never have babies because I have PCOS??

Pcos : Patients with pcos don't ovulate regularly so the chance of pregnancy is lowered. However, you can still get pregnant so plan accordingly. With treatment, the chance improves. ...Read more

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What diet is best for PCOS? Keto, Paleo, or Low Glycemic

What diet is best for PCOS? Keto, Paleo, or Low Glycemic

Consistent diet: Most diets can be beneficial. The key is to find one that works for you and that you can stick with. Weight loss is the most important step for PCOS. Consider a Healthtap virtual visit with one of our doctor who specialize in nutrition for a detailed one on one session ...Read more

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I have pcos.. Does that mean i never ovulate? So i can't have children?

I have pcos.. Does that mean i never ovulate? So i can't have children?

No : You would likely ovulate less frequently, but could still conceive. Most women with pcos will conceive quicker with treatment medications such as Clomid (clomiphene) or letrozole. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to bc to treat pcos? I already am loosing weight & exercising.

What are alternatives to bc to treat pcos? I already am loosing weight & exercising.

Metformin: Metformin is the most widely prescribed med for pcos because it improves Insulin sensitivity and helps improve the hormonal problems with pcos. ...Read more

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How much weight do i have to lose to see an improvement in PCOS and naturally regulate my cycles? 240lbs right now

10 %: A goal of 10 % weightloss has shown health improvement. No telling if it will change the PCOS and regulate your cycles. PCOS has been shown to have a genetic component. Birth control pills can regulate your cycle if you are not trying to get pregnant. A 24 pound weight loss would be a goal. ...Read more

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I have pcos. I am now finding that during the day I'm not bleeding at all but at night changing 2-3times with overnight pad.

I have pcos. I am now finding that during the day I'm not bleeding at all but at night changing 2-3times with overnight pad.

PCOS: PCOS accompanied by heavy bleeding is usually due to the thickened lining of the uterus caused by constant stimulation for growth by estrogen. The estrogen levels are not constant, and occasionally the lining degenerates, resulting in heavy bleeding. The best treatment for PCOS is low dose oral BCP's. Ask your healthcare provider, if there are no contraindications for taking same. ...Read more