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Doctor insights on: Polycystic Ovaries And Depression

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Do mood swings and alcohol affect polycystic ovaries?

Do mood swings and alcohol affect polycystic ovaries?

Not really: Pcos is also called stein leventhal syndrome. Strangely, you don't have to have ovarian cysts to have this disease. Symptoms include lots of things including acne, excessive hair growth, obesity and infertility. Treatment is variable depending on the symptoms and severity. Lots of docs can help you. Mood swings and alcohol can make any disease feel worse, or better! but don't treat yourself. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Are polycystic ovaries and polycystic kidneys linked?

Are polycystic ovaries and polycystic kidneys linked?

No: No, are faras i know they are not linked, they are separate condition, in polycystic kidney disease we do not look for cysts in ovaries and the opposite condition and the genetics and inharitance is different. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitismplease help?

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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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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What are symptoms of polycystic ovaries pcos?

What are symptoms of polycystic ovaries pcos?

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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Considering ovarian drilling for PCOS high LH:FSH ratio, irreg cycles, cystic acne, insomnia, feels miserable. Does it really DESTROY part of ovary?

Considering ovarian drilling for PCOS high LH:FSH ratio, irreg cycles, cystic acne, insomnia, feels miserable. Does it really DESTROY part of ovary?

Yes, but wait...: technically, it HAS to, right? The word, itself "drilling" means making a hole. To make a hole you have to take SOME stuff out, right? But that doesn't mean you won't have enough left over to still do what you need them to do. Ovaries have thousands and thousands of eggs, and women only use a few hundred in a lifetime. That said, I am NOT endorsing any specific procedure for you, as I HAVENT SEENU ...Read more

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If all hormones are within normal range and proper ratio, why irreg heavy cycles, polycystic ovaries, hirsutism, cystic acne, insomnia, hyperhidrosis?

If all hormones are within normal range and proper ratio, why irreg heavy cycles, polycystic ovaries, hirsutism, cystic acne, insomnia, hyperhidrosis?

Another problem: There are some disease that can look like pcos such as cushing's disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia or androgen secreting tumor. D/w your doctor about testing for these if they have not already been done and consider seeing and endocrinologist for further workup. ...Read more

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What are some strategies for managing weight when diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome pocs?

Diet, Exercise, Meds: Many women with pcos gain weight or find it hard to lose. Moderately low carb diets (south beach, weight watchers), complex carbs instead of simple: brown rice, whole wheat bread/pasta, less sugars, more protein, can help, as well as portion control. Exercise - do weights and cardio at least 3 x a week: weights increase muscle mass, burns more calories. Some lose weight on metformin treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have polycystic ovary syndrome, because of polycystic kidneys?

Do I have polycystic ovary syndrome, because of polycystic kidneys?

No: Although the names are somewhat similar, polycystic ovary syndrome and polycystic kidney disease are completely different. Polycystic ovary syndrome is not related to and is not a cause of polycystic kidneys, and polycystic kidney disease is not related to and is not a cause of polycystic ovary syndrome. ...Read more

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Can polycystic ovaries develop into polycystic ovary syndrome?

Sort of: Polycystic ovaries is a finding on ultrasound where there are lots of small follicles on the ovaries. Pcos is where you have some combination (depending on which criteria your doctor uses) of pco looking ovaries, ovulation problems and symptoms of producing too much male hormone. Many but not all women with pcos have pco looking ovaries and many women with pco ovaries have the syndrome. ...Read more

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What to do about hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome infertility, all in all hormone issues?

What to do about hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome infertility, all in all hormone issues?

Pcos help: PCOS treatment revolves around the goals of the patient. If the goal is pregnancy, the treatment will revolve around promoting ovulation and the carrying of a healthy fetus to term. Before you see your provider, starting a fitness, weight loss strategy if you are overweight, a diet geared towards reducing carbohydrates, taking a prenatal supplement with Folic Acid are all steps you can take. ...Read more

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Clomide,hcg,fsh+lh,induce ovulation,thus can they help in regulating pcos woman hormones,& in decreasing pcos symptoms:Hairloss,Hirsutism,Amenorrhea?

Unclear question: It is not at all clear what your question is. The birth control pill is usually first treatment to manage PCOS symptoms. Clomid (clomiphene) would only be used when trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Increases risk: Pcos is a disorder of Insulin resistance just like type 2 diabetes. Women with a family history of diabetes are at increased risk of developing pcos. ...Read more

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What causes underdeveloped breasts in women w/ pcos, I have all normal hormones/no elevated androgens/normal ratios but poly. Cys. Ovaries/acne/hirsu?

What causes underdeveloped breasts in women w/ pcos, I have all normal hormones/no elevated androgens/normal ratios but poly. Cys. Ovaries/acne/hirsu?

Although the levels : Of hormones are normal, i suspect the bioavailability or functionality of these hormones are still off - with higher testosterone and lower estrogen bioavailability. This may explain the underdeveloped breasts. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/women/tc/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview?Page=1. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. No extra hair growth or irregular periods. Severely obese. Cysts on both ovary. No eggs. Could doc be wrong?

PCOS: When you are obese, you are in a hyper-estrogenic situation. You may have pcos without irregular menses or hirsutism. I am not sure what u mean by "no eggs." i would trust the doctor that examined you and reviewed your labwork. If you are unhappy after 3 visits, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Can these 2 be related? If not, what causes polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not generally: These 2 generally are not related. Pcos is caused by Insulin resistance which leads to high male hormone levels (testosterone) in the ovary which keeps you from ovulating. Pcos is caused by multiple genes, but worsens with weight gain. Weight loss will occasionally help to resume menstruation. You should also see your doctor to make sure you get tested for diabetes/prediabetes. ...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

Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more