What is a Polycystic Ovary?
Polycystic (say: pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone imbalance that, according to the Office on Women’s Health, affects around 1 out of 10 women. Girls as young as 11 can get PCOS. This section is for you if you have PCOS or are struggling with common signs of the condition, such as irregular periods, acne, or unwanted body hair. When a woman has PCOS, she has high levels of androgens (male hormone) and low levels of estrogen (female hormone). Her ovaries produce eggs, but the eggs do not mature and eventually become a cyst.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be managed with a healthy lifestyle and hormone therapy. You should learn all your options. Call us to schedule an appointment at our Center in Appleton.
An Increased Risk
PCOS is caused by a resistance to insulin that creates high levels of insulin.
Women with PCOS are at a high risk for:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Endometrial cancer
- Metabolic syndrome
Managing the symptoms of PCOS can greatly impact the treatment of the disorder.
- Regular exercise
- Find out your health weight and maintaining that weight
- Eat a balanced, low-fat diet
- Regular screenings for diabetes, cholesterol levels, and weight.
Treatment options for PCOS can differ from patient to patient. A major factor in treatment is if the patient wants to conceive.
- Manage symptoms (lifestyle management)
- Insulin management (medications)
- Hormone therapy (such as oral contraceptives)
- Surgery (to restore healthy ovulation)
To learn how we can help you, call 920-886-2299 or 855-886-2299.
My husband and I started trying to have a baby shortly after we got married and later found out I had PCOS and began fertility treatment. We started with Clomid and after many cycles and not seeing any results we began looking for more options when I started seeing Dr. Kaldas. After two and a half years of on and off treatment we finally got pregnant after the second round of injectables, and we now have our beautiful baby girl. After the delivery of our daughter there was so much joy in the room shared by everyone.- Danielle / WI