If you have irregular periods and trouble getting pregnant, it’s possible that you have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. The caring team at ACE OBGYN, headed by Stefan Novac, MD, FACOG, provides diagnostic testing and a variety of treatment options for women in Pembroke Pines and Weston, Florida, who suffer from PCOS. Call the office today, or use the online scheduling feature to book now.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common endocrine disorder that causes a hormonal imbalance in about 10% of women in their childbearing years. PCOS often prevents the development of your eggs or their release from your ovaries.
When your ovaries don’t function properly to release the eggs, cysts form. The cysts cause you to have irregular or unusually heavy periods.
PCOS is a leading cause of infertility because of its interference with ovulation. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, PCOS may be the reason why.
Symptoms of PCOS vary from woman to woman, but some of the common signs are:
If you’re experiencing symptoms of PCOS, contact ACE OBGYN for help.
Women with PCOS have an elevated risk for:
Though less common, your risk for endometrial cancer rises if you have PCOS.
Dr. Novac performs a comprehensive physical exam to learn more about your symptoms and how they’re affecting your quality of life. Depending on your primary concerns, he’ll customize your treatment options accordingly to address fertility, male pattern hair growth, acne, or weight gain.
If you’re trying to conceive, he’ll gear your treatment to enhance your fertility. He may also recommend certain medications that increase your ovulation. Oral contraceptives can help stabilize your hormones, and prescription medications improve severe acne.
Lifestyle modifications are almost always part of a PCOS treatment plan. With a healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss, most women get relief from their symptoms. Dr. Novac recommends dietary changes that minimize sugar and fast-burning carbohydrates to help stabilize your insulin and hormone levels.
If you have irregular periods and other symptoms of PCOS, the team at ACE OBGYN is equipped to help you. Call the office to schedule a consultation, or use the online scheduling feature to book an appointment at your convenience.