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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Uneven Breasts
Does hypothyroidism contribute to polycystic ovarian syndrome at all? I have both. Also I have hair around my areola on my breast. Is this normal?
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
Sometimes difficult.: Determining if you have PCOS can be a sometimes confusing and sometimes difficult process. The reason is that PCOS is a syndrome that means each person will have a different set of symptoms. These symptoms can include excess weight, fatigue, infertility, hormone imbalance, sleep apnea, excess facial or body hair, and a variety of skin problems. ...Read more
A hormone disorder: Pcos is a syndrome or disorder in which women have 2 of 3 of the following: irregular cycles, multi-cystic ovaries, or excess androgens ("male" hormone levels). Pcos has no specific cause but it is associated with obesity, some heredity, and Insulin resistance (also seen in type 2 diabetes). Treatment can help with ovulation, fertility and cosmetics. Hope this helps. ...Read more
A metabolic disorder: 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 or high follicle numbers. ...Read more
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
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
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
NO: Not at all. Many are obese and tend to larger breasts ...Read more
Increased Estrogen: Adipose tissue (fat) causes an increase in the circulation estrogen levels by converting androgen precursors into estrone. The increased estrogen level is detected by the pituitary, causing ovulation to be inhibited. That inhibition can result in an increase in the number of small cysts on the ovary - hence polycystic ovarian syndrome. ...Read more
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
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
Low carbs and sugars: Patients with PCOS may have insuln resistance that causes weight gain. Diet changes such as low carbs and low sugars may help. Otherwise, using additional medications such as Glucophage (metformin) (nongeneric) assist in weight loss by assisting in breaking down sugars and will assist in Weight loss. Using Metformin which is generic may help but does have side effects and does not help as much as Glucophage (metformin). ...Read more
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
Maybe: It could be more difficult but you still can get pregnant. Many people have some difficulty and others don't so I wouldn't use it as a contraceptive method. ...Read more
Please see OB/gyne: You'll get the best advice by speaking with your ob/gyne directly. ...Read more
Risk may increase: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is thought to increase the risk of endometrial (e.g. Uterine) cancer. It is usually caught early though in pcos patients and is usually cured. A gyn will monitor for this. Women with pcos may also have a slightly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers but it not high enough that any special or different screening needs to be done. ...Read more
You can get pregnant: Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome tend to have irregular periods and often find it more difficult to get pregnant but they do get pregnant. If you would like to increase your chances of getting pregnant, maintaining a healthy weight is very important. I would also recommend seeing an OB doctor for additional recommendations. ...Read more
PCOS treatment: The best pill to take is based on your symptoms and other factors. Since patients with pcos may have a variety of symptoms, it is best to talk to your doctor about each of the symptoms you are concerned about so that you can get the correct prescription. ...Read more
Birth control pills: You should see an ob-gyn and see if you're a candidate for birth control pills. They may be able to shrink down your cysts, getting your ovaries to function well enough to get pregnant and carry a baby to term. ...Read more
Testing: Testing some hormones is part of making a diagnosis of pcos. ...Read more
What are the most common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome? Will you be infertile because of it?
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 to do if I have a severe case of polycystic ovarian syndrome and I'm on bc pills, will I ever have kids?
Very individual: I would consult with your physician who knows your history and can provide a more accurate answer. ...Read more
How long is it supposed to it take for glucophage (metformin) to treat a person with polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Glucophage (metformin): It starts to work right away, but most women need one month - up to 3 months - to see the best results. ...Read more
What are the chances of me becoming pregnant if I have be Polycystic ovarian syndrome? What can I do to increase my chances?
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
What is the best fertility drug for polycystic ovarian syndrome? Note: I have been taking metformim 500mg x3 daily, without success. Thank you.
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