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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?

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?

Type: Which type of hypothyroidism do you have? The kind whereby it is an autoimmune, meaning your immune system attacked the thyroid hormones or non-autoimmune? ...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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Can polycystic ovarian syndrome cause?

Can polycystic ovarian syndrome cause?

Insulin resistance: May cause over-secretion of insulin, called Insulin resistance; may cause vascular, early cardiac signs, and hyperandronization (hirsutism, acne and hair, loss), thereby also causing increased appetite for carbohydrates and obesity. ...Read more

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What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Weight control: Metformin is a good drug for pcos. Birth control med, Aldactone (spironolactone) can also be used. Best treatment is to keep weight as normal as possible. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome?

How do I know if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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

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What is the technical definition of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What is the technical definition of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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

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What is the definition or description of: polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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

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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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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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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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Do people ever get rid of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Do people ever get rid of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Strictly, no: But symptoms can be improved. A healthy diet and weight loss for women who are overweight may help some; a doctor can help also with prescription medications and more personal advice. ...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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How can polycystic ovarian syndrome and weight gain be linked?

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

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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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Is using metformin in polycystic ovarian syndrome considered safe?

Yes: It is best used only to treat the diabetes that may accompany pcos. If you are not diabetic you do not need it and it will not help the pcos. ...Read more

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Pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome), what can you do to lose weight?

Pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome), what can you do to lose weight?

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

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Can I still get pregnant even if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Yes: Women with pcos may take longer to become pregnant, but most will still be able to conceive. With fertility drugs it can happen much sooner. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Docs can you explain what is a cure for 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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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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After a complete hysterectomy will polycystic ovarian syndrome go away?

No: Pcos does not "go away" unless the ovaries are removed at the same time. However, after a hysterectomy, the periods will not be an issue and pcos symptoms may not ba a factor any longer. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome? Can I get pregnant?

I was just diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome? Can I get pregnant?

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

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What's the best way to get pregnant with having polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What's the best way to get pregnant with having polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Please see OB/gyne: You'll get the best advice by speaking with your ob/gyne directly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have poc (polycystic ovarian syndrome), will it cause cancer?

What to do if I have poc (polycystic ovarian syndrome), will it cause cancer?

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

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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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Can you still get pregnant after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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

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What is the best pill to take if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome or any other treatments?

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

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I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and I want to have a baby. What will help me with conception?

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and I want to have a baby. What will help me with conception?

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

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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

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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

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What are the chances of me becoming pregnant if I have be Polycystic ovarian syndrome? What can I do to increase my chances?

What are the chances of me becoming pregnant if I have be Polycystic ovarian syndrome? What can I do to increase my chances?

Ovulation induction: A Fertility MD can induce ovulation with medication and offer Metformin to help minimize the tendency to have diabetes. Both of those measures will enhance your chances of pregnancy if nothing else reproductively is wrong. ...Read more

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I believe I have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) I am going to get tested for it, but my question for you is, can PCOS ever be cured?

Maybe: PCOS is definately treatable, so you need to discuss treatment with your GYN. As far as curing it, weight loss can correct the hormone imbalance for most women. If you are one of the unsusual thin PCOS patients, then weight loss won't help, and treatment is needed. ...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 fertility drug for polycystic ovarian syndrome? Note: I have been taking metformim 500mg x3 daily, without success. Thank you.

Clomid (clomiphene): Clomid (clomiphene) if the best initial medical therapy for women with pcos trying to conceive. See your doctor for evaluation and to check if you are a candidate for Clomid (clomiphene) therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could polycystic ovarian syndrome without ovarian cysts?

Could polycystic ovarian syndrome without ovarian cysts?

No.: Ovaries having cysts is part of the syndrome. There are some medical conditions that can mimic some of the symptoms of PCOS, such as metabolic syndrome. A complete history and workup would aid in identifying this. ...Read more

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Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

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

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