Capital Women's Care
OBGYNs located in Manassas, Haymarket and Fairfax, VA
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. It can lead to unpleasant symptoms and infertility if left untreated. At Capital Women’s Care, with three convenient locations in Fairfax, Manassas, and Haymarket, Virginia, the experienced OB/GYNs offer advanced PCOS treatments to reduce symptoms and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Capital Women’s Care over the phone or online at the first sign of irregular periods, pelvic pain, or infertility.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a gynecological condition that occurs when your adrenal glands or ovaries produce too much male hormone. It can cause cysts on the ovaries and lead to:
- Pelvic pain
- Irregular periods
- Weight gain
- Oily skin or acne
- Patches of thick skin
- Excess facial or body hair
The exact cause of PCOS isn’t entirely clear, but may result from low-grade inflammation, genetics, or excess insulin production.
What are the risk factors for PCOS?
Your risk of developing PCOS increases if you have obesity or a family member with PCOS. Women with PCOS have a higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
To diagnose PCOS, your Capital Women’s Care specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, and check for signs of acne, insulin resistance, and excess hair growth.
They may use blood tests to measure hormone levels or ultrasound to view your ovaries and uterine lining to make a final diagnosis.
What is the treatment for PCOS?
Your personalized PCOS treatment plan is based on the type and severity of your symptoms, your lifestyle, and whether you’d like to have children in the future. Your doctor might recommend one or more of the following:
Making lifestyle changes can help alleviate PCOS symptoms. Examples include losing weight if you’re overweight, getting regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in refined carbohydrates.
Taking medications can balance your hormones, help you ovulate, normalize your periods, and reduce excessive hair growth when you have PCOS. Your Capital Women’s Care specialist lets you know which type of medicine best matches your unique needs.
If you have infertility associated with PCOS, your practitioner might recommend taking infertility medications, trying in vitro fertilization, or having minimally invasive surgery to increase your chance of getting pregnant in the future.
Don’t live with infertility and other unpleasant PCOS symptoms when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Capital Women’s Care over the phone or online today.