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Doctor insights on: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Mixed bag: Pcos is a constellation of findings which includes irregular periods, elevated testosterone or testosterone like hormones (with no other cause), resistance to Insulin (predisposition to type 2 diabetes), problems with lipids, many times unwanted face and body hair, sometimes scalp hair loss. Ovarian cysts may or may not be found. Pcos is an outdated term but no better one has been agreed upon. ...Read more

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What exactly is polycystic ovary syndrome?

What exactly is polycystic ovary 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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Polycystic ovary syndrome can start at what age?

Polycystic ovary syndrome can start at what age?

Teens and early 20s: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormone disorder in women. Its most common features are irregular/infrequent menstrual periods and excess male-like hormone (androgen) production, which causes abnormal hair growth (primarily on the face, neck, chest, and lower abdomen). Typically, it first becomes apparent during the teens and early 20's. ...Read more

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What are the signs of polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are the signs of polycystic ovary syndrome?

Clinical cues: Hi. PCOS is typified by irregular or absent periods, hirsutism, overweight, high testosterone, insulin resistance (& sometimes type 2 diabetes), and often a high LH:FSH ratio. If you suspect you have PCOS, see your primary doctor, gynecologist, or an endocrinologist. PCOS is a diagnosis of exclusion; Cushing's and non-classical congenital hyperplasia need to at least be considered. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have polycystic ovary syndrome?

How to know if I have polycystic ovary syndrome?

Cues: Hi. PCOS is typified by irregular or absent periods, hirsutism, overweight, high testosterone, insulin resistance (& sometimes type 2 diabetes), and often a high LH:FSH ratio. If you suspect you have PCOS, see your primary doctor, gynecologist, or an endocrinologist. PCOS is a diagnosis of exclusion; Cushing's and non-classical congenital hyperplasia need to at least be considered. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome?

We don't know: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a collection of problems that tend to occur together: lots of little cysts on the ovary, irregular menstrual cycles and problems with extra hormones. Unfortunately, we just don't know what comes first or what causes what. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovary syndrome or disease. Which is it?

Syndrome: It is more correct to call it a syndrome. It has 4 major aspects-increased male hormones, lack of ovulation, ovaries with multiple cysts, and absence of other male hormone or prolactin disorders. It probably has multiple potential causes all leading to a common pathway. ...Read more

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What work best to treat polycystic ovary syndrome?

What work best to treat polycystic ovary syndrome?

Depends: Diet, exercise and weight loss is essential. Metformin is probably the "best" rx to decrease the cause of pcos, which is Insulin resistance. Other medications may be indicated to lower elevated testosterone (if present) or assist w/fertility. Check w/ your doctors. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary 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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What to do about polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms?

What to do about polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms?

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Depends on the symptoms which vary for different patients. In some cases no symptoms, others have absent menses, male hormone sx's such as acne, hair growth, severe weight problems, diabetes, hypertension, mood disturbances etc. There are many different kinds of PCOS and the best treatment depends on the individual hormone situation. Just decreased my rates, for detailed attention! ...Read more

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How can I reduce pain from polycystic ovary syndrome?

How can I reduce pain from polycystic ovary syndrome?

First find cause: Pcos typically is painless medical condition. The only concern that may exit that is related to pcos may be a ovarian cyst that is large enough to cause torsion (self twisting). Assuming that your pain is pelvic in origin, you may also be ovulating (if receiving therapy) which can also cause temporary pain (called mittelschmerz). My advise is to seek medical evaluation to find cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Do you have information on polycystic ovary syndrome?

Do you have information on polycystic ovary syndrome?

Hormonal disorder.: Polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The exact cause is unknown. I am attaching a good link.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pcos/basics/symptoms/con-20028841. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovary syndrome, what does this mean?

Tough Conception: Pcos means that the surfaces of your ovaries are a little thick. This may Prohibit them from releasing eggs (ovulating). There are a number of fixes. Most common is metformin, a medicine that will help your body respond to its own Insulin and in turn help your ovaries to ovulate. Usually mentrual cycles are disrupted with pcos and can be fixed with that medicine as well. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

How do you know if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

Check with your MD.: Gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists are the experts to see if you think you have pcos/hcas. They will run various blood and imaging tests to determine if you fit the bill. ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovary syndrome? What are the symtoms?

What is polycystic ovary syndrome? What are the symtoms?

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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Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. What do I do now?

Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. What do I do now?

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. Treated by weight loss w/diet and exercise. Metformin rx. Can normalize menses and restore fertility in many women. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have polycystic ovary syndrome?

A syndrome: Pcos is a syndrome where you have some combination of ovulation problems, symptoms of excess male hormone and large numbers of small follicles on the ovaries on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Why do I have polycystic ovary syndrome when I'm really thin?

Why do I have polycystic ovary syndrome when I'm really thin?

50% are thin: Pcos splits 50/50 into 'thin' and excess weight ; patients are similar but not identical. The confusion is understanding differences in diagnostic criteria vs. Other features of pcos. Most experts diagnose pcos as 2 out of 3: irregular or missed periods, clinical or blood evidence of extra androgens, and polycystic look of ovaries on ultrasound. Weight, hair-growth, are associated but variable. ...Read more

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

What is the definition or description of: polycystic ovary 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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What is the best pill to take if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

What is the best pill to take if you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

It depends: It depends on your goal - pregnancy vs non- pregnancy. If pregnancy, most common treatments are Letrozole or clomid (clomiphene). If not pregnancy, some women do well with diet/exercise/weight loss while some need oral contraceptive pills +/- metformin. Some take spironolactone. New option: pregnitude. ...Read more

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How do health professionals test women to see polycystic ovary syndrome?

Bloodwork + sonogram: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Also need to "rule out" other causes of irregular cycles, acne, hair growth: thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See OB or fertility md. ...Read more

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I think I should be tested for polycystic ovary syndrome. Who will do it?

Reproductive md: Usually a reproductive endocrinologist or fertility specialist can do all those tests and discuss treatment options with you. First a correct diagnosis must be made. Then other related problems must be tested. And then knowing the complete picture can help you formulate a good individual treatment plan. ...Read more

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Which other disorders have the same symptoms as polycystic ovary syndrome?

DDX of PCOS: Patients with diabetes or with congenital adrenal hyperplasia may have signs and symptoms of pcos. Others with eating disorders or other causes of hypothalamic problems may have some of these symptoms as well. ...Read more

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If no one in my family has ever had it, can I get polycystic ovary syndrome?

Yes: Pcos (polycystic ovary syndrome) does have a genetic component, but you can still develop the condition if noone else in your family was ever diagnosed with this. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, how does it affect your life besides looking fat?

Polycystic ovary syndrome, how does it affect your life besides looking fat?

Several ways: From a medical standpoint, it increases one's lifetime risk of:
hypertension,
cardiovascular disease,
high lipids like cholesterol
and type 2 diabetes.
From a fertility standpoint, it can make it harder to:
get pregnant,
stay pregnant,
and have increase odds of high blood pressure and high sugar in pregnancy.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I m suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. Which type of exercises I should do daily?

Almost anything: Pcos is associated with irregular periods for sure, but in some women, also obesity, and Insulin insensitivity, which can lead to diabetes. Anything that makes your muscles more active regularly improves your body's natural ability to use Insulin and regulate blood sugar. Therefore, essentially all exercise helps, the more muscles involved the better. And exercise helps regulate periods. ...Read more

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Is it better for a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome to have children earlier in her life?

Its better for all: Women with pcos have increased number of eggs. This however does not reflect the quality of these eggs (chromosomal make up) which is reflected by age. For a yet unidentified reason, the longer the egg stays in the ovary (the later it is ovulated) the higher chance for chromosomal abnormality in that egg and the more difficult it is to get pregnant and have a baby. Earlier pregnancies r safer too. ...Read more

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I think I have "polycystic ovary syndrome" but im not sure I want kids. Do I need to treat it?

Depends: Pcos is usually due to irregular ovulation. If you are not interested in getting pregnant now, treating it may regulate periods, prevent the formation of ovarian cysts, and reduce some of the other symptoms that may arise (like hair growth and weight gain). On the other hand I have a number of patients who do nothing and seem to do fine. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome on 14th december. I am scared?

See endocrinologist: With that diagnosis the gynecologist and and endocrinologist are needed. Don't be scared, but careful in whom you choose. ...Read more

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Can you provide me with common non-invasive ways I can be diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome?

A doctor: Can diagnose polycystic ovarian system with a combination of the history of irregular periods, acne or hair growth. Also an ultrasound showing multiple less than 1 cm cysts on the ovary is suggestive of pcos. ...Read more

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What is the percentage of women with polycystic ovary syndrome who go through life with no children?

We don't know. ..: We don't know as some women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) don't try to have kids or don't want to have children. Most women with pcos who do want to conceive can have children though. Some conceive with no fertility treatment, some need medications like glucophage, (metformin) Clomid or Femara (letrozole), while others need in vitro fertilization (ivf). See a fertility md if you want to get pregnant. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Is this something I should be concerned about?

I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Is this something I should be concerned about?

PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is diagnosed by ultrasound, lab tests ; symptoms such as irregular periods, abnormal hair growth weight gain. Pcos predisposes one to diabetes, high cholesterol and other life long problems. Weight loss is typically crucial. Ovulation can be a problem for those wanting to conceive. Birth control can regulate menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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Could polycystic ovaries syndrome be 'cured'?

Could polycystic ovaries syndrome be 'cured'?

Yes: PCOS could be cured in some women with life-style changes. Exercise and weight loss that brings weight towards ideal body weight can result in a cure. ...Read more

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Is polycystic ovary syndrome treatable?

Somewhat: Hi. Standard treatments for PCOS include BCPs with a low-androgenic progestin, metformin, and spironolactone in various combinations. PCOS increases type 2 diabetes risk, and metformin helps with that too. When fertility is desired, in addition to stopping BCPs, an agent such as clomiphene may be needed as well. As the underlying cause (s) is/are incompletely understood, we still have a way to go. ...Read more

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How to know if I have polycystic ovaries syndrome?

Pcos: Pcos is a syndrome usually with increased facial hair weight gain irregular periods you can do an ultrsound of ovaries and check with your OB gyn for further work up. ...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