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When women come to my office with any one or all of the following complaints from no periods to excessive bleeding, difficulty losing weight, excessive hair growth and acne or infertility, I see this as an important opportunity to change a woman’s life for the better. Many of these women have seen many other health care providers, who more often than not aren’t able to provide a diagnosis or who may not be able to provide a comprehensive plan of care. Many women with PCOS have symptoms that impact their appearance, their self-esteem, sense of shame and guilt as well as fears of infertility.
Using the Rotterdam Criteria for diagnosis provides an objective starting point for evaluating women. A diagnosis of PCOS can be made if 2 out of the following 3 conditions are met: Signs of hyperandrogenism such as hirsuitism, acne, absence of regular ovulation and/or seeing 10 or more small cysts on 1 or both ovaries with an ultrasound.
This is the first part in a multi-part series on PCOS. I care for many women with PCOS and they’ve told me that they can’t find information that’s easily understood available.
Finding out that you have PCOS can be overwhelming. I’ll be posting multiple articles on how to understand what’s going on, what you may notice and why. I’ll also cover weight loss strategies, fertility and how to combat acne and hair growth. (more…)
For more information on PCOS, you can read how to recognize PCOS and also provided an explanation of the biochemical processes that lead to the symptoms.
Before we dive into treatments, here’s a quick review:
This is the 2nd post in my series on PCOS. Here’s the link for Part 1.
Most women with PCOS, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, see a health care provider for a few common reasons. Either they aren’t having periods, their periods come infrequently, or they have heavy bleeding.
We used to think that the biggest issue with PCOS was the multiple cysts within each ovary, which prevented ovulation, normal periods and caused infertility. We now know that PCOS is a complicated endocrine condition with multiple challenges for women.
If you’ve just been diagnosed, let me first say that it’s completely normal to feel completely overwhelmed right now. I’ll try to provide you with the same information that I give my patients so that you can be your healthiest.