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I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Should I start taking estrogen? I get hair in weird places, like on my chin and neck

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Should I start taking estrogen? I get hair in weird places, like on my chin and neck

No: With pcos the estrogen level is chronically elevated and additional estrogen will not help. Ocp's (which do contain estrogen) however would likely help by suppression of the ovaries. The hair changes you notice are probaly due to increased testosterone levels seen with pcos and would probably improve with ocp's as well. ...Read more

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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What to do if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and underactive thyroid, can I still get pregnant?

What to do if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and underactive thyroid, can I still get pregnant?

PCOS: You can still get pregnant with pcos and hypothyroidism. You may need to take medications to control your thyroid disease and other medications to get you to ovulate. After that time you should be able to conceive. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What can you tell me about polycystic ovarian syndrome?

PCOS: Pcos is a disorder that is characterized by a combination of symptoms. These can include missed periods, abnormal hair growth (hirsutism), anovulation, and abnormal lab values like elevated testosterone. Patients usually are overweight. People with pcos are at higher risk of developing diabetes, as well as having trouble with fertility and having an increased risk of uterine cancer. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? How do women get it?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? How do women get it?

Common disorder: Pcos may be present in up to 30% of women. It is an Insulin resistant state that is characterized by weight gain, irregular or absent periods, hair growth, infertility and predisposition to diabetes. Check w/your gyn>. ...Read more

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I think I have polycystic ovarian syndrome so who do I see?

I think I have polycystic ovarian syndrome so who do I see?

Primary care: I always recommend seeing your primary care first to validate your concerns. If he/she truly feel that there is a problem, he/she can treat you or send you to the appropriate specialist. S: obgyn, women's health, endocrinologists... ...Read more

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What can happen with polycystic ovarian syndrome if it not taken care of?

What can happen with polycystic ovarian syndrome if it not taken care of?

Polycystic ovaries: Often this syndrome can include excessive weight gain, excess facial and body hair, infertility and hyperinsulinism. You should consult with doctors familiar with this syndrome for treatment and medication. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on health risk?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on health risk?

Hormonal, metabolic: Polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos is a condition that shows irregular periods, excessive androgens (male hormones) and metabolic disorders (type 2 or gestational diabetes, abnormal BP and lipids, fatty liver). The high androgens can cause infertility and excess hair growth. The metabolic effects are part of Insulin resistance syndrome-- which leads to heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome? What symptoms are there?

How do I know if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome? What symptoms are there?

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

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos)?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos)?

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 more

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What is the cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What is the cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Hormone Balance: The signs and symptoms that arise for pcos are due to excessive estrogen. Any way that you can decrease estrogen exposure may help. Others may also recommend balancing your excessive estrogen with additional progesterone. You can explore decreasing your estrogen by reading: the anti-estrogen diet. ...Read more

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Are the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome fertile?

Are the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome fertile?

PCOS & Fertilty: Pcos is a disorder with infrequent ovulation as a hallmark. Because ovulation occurs at times, some women will get pregnant without help. If you need help with medication then medication is very successful. The success rate is lower than you might think and at ivf we often find poor egg quality as the likely cause. If you are overweight, then get as close to nl as possible. See a fertility doc. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for pcod polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Is there any cure for pcod polycystic ovarian syndrome?

No 'cure': If you have pcos and are also overweight, losing weight is a natural way to improving symptoms and health. There are many so-called natural remedies on the internet and in nutrition stores; none of them work, save your money. Doctors can help treat (but not 'cure') pcos in several ways. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos)?

PCOS: Do you have irregular cycles? If not, you do not have it. If you do see a doctor: you need blood testing and ultrasound to complete the diagnosis one way or another. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitismplease help?

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

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What is the best diet and exercise for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

What is the best diet and exercise for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

A Balanced diet: A balanced diet with lots of nutrients, whole grains, veggies, fruits, and protein from all multiple sources. Limit amount of refined sugar. If you a teenager and are still growing, make sure you are getting enough calories. If not, make sure your calories match your exercise. If you are not already moving, start today and do what you can initially. ...Read more

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Is there a link between polycystic ovarian syndrome and hypercalcuria?

PCOS and Parathyroid: Yes. PCOS is associated with primary hyperparathyroidism which can cause hypercalcuria. You should have a full endocrine evaluation including tests for thyroid and parathyroid function along with Vitamin D levels. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on support groups?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on support groups?

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 5-10% of women. It affects multiple organ systems and not just the ovaries. Most women with pcos have enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts, hence the name. There are several support groups with useful info on them: pcosupport. Org, pcoschallenge. Com, and pcosfoundation. Org may be able to answer your questions. ...Read more

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What would be the exact difference between polycystic cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Very different: Polycystic ovaries refer to the presence of many small follicles (incorrectly referred to as cysts) on the ovaries. Pcos is syndrome where there is a problem with ovulation and with too much male hormone in women. Most but not all women with pcos have pco like ovaries. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and my cycle didn't come for 3 months. The values are 3 times higher than normal?

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and my cycle didn't come for 3 months. The values are 3 times higher than normal?

Re-evaluation: Your indicate in your history that you have PCOS and premature ovarian failure. Followup with your physician for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of polycystic ovarian syndrome totally?

Can you get rid of polycystic ovarian syndrome totally?

Genetic + lifestyle: Polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos is a condition that shows irregular periods, excessive androgens (male hormones) and metabolic disorders (type 2 or gestational diabetes, abnormal BP and lipids, Insulin resistance syndrome, etc). There is a genetic component that cannot be changed. However pcos patients can make lifestyle change (weight loss, regular exercise) that will control effects of pcos. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Is a 2.8 cm cyst surgical?

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Is a 2.8 cm cyst surgical?

Not always: If a 2.8 cm cyst is smooth and stable on repeat ultrasound exams and not causing any pain it does not always need to be removed. However, if causing pain or has suspicious findings or growing on ultrasound, then it should be removed. ...Read more

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Does anyone have polycystic ovarian syndrome? What is treatment?

Does anyone have polycystic ovarian syndrome? What is treatment?

Decrease insulin res: Pcos is a manifestation of Insulin resistance, which indicates pre-diabetes or diabetes 2.There are many derangments including those of adrenal androgen, a higher free testosterone, eradication of/or irregular cycles. Hirsuitism and acne increase with these androgens. A woman's cycle becomes annovulatory. Glucophage (metformin) is the preferred treatment of the problem. Clomiphene is used to help ovulation. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitism. What can help?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitism. What can help?

Varies: Many women improve by using ocp's for cycle control and ovarian suppression - this gradually decreases the elevated testosterone that cause the hirsuitism. There are also medications that can block the elevated testosterone and minimize the progression of the hirsuitism. ...Read more

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I need pain relief for endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

I need pain relief for endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Contact your Doctor: I am sure you realize this, but pain relief does not come from the internet. This is something to consult your physician caring for you in person. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine that is helpful for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Is there an alternative medicine that is helpful for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

None proven to work: Nothing with any good evidence that it works including herbal supplements like vitex agnus castus, chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture. One study of real vs. Sham acupuncture bit. Ly/pmorbf. ...Read more

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Hello, I have had polycystic ovarian syndrome for nearly ova 5years, I would like to know the best treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Hello, I have had polycystic ovarian syndrome for nearly ova 5years, I would like to know the best treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Several: There are several treatments and the treatment depends on several factors. It's best to talk things over with your gyn and let him/her give you the pros ; cons of treatment available. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat anemia and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Anemia and PCOS: There are many causes of anemia, and the treatment is different for the different types. Pcos also is a complex disease and has different treatment. The best thing to do is see your doctor for an examination and receive proper treatment for all your ailments. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of taking metformin ER for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What is the purpose of taking metformin ER for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Insulin sensitizing agent: Metformin is used to help reduce the Insulin spike with polycystic ovarian syndrome, when simple sugars are consumed. By reducing the Insulin spike, this lowers the circulating male hormone content. ...Read more