Every month is PCOS Awareness Month at FCLV
This condition affects millions of women and is a common cause of infertility. It is also responsible for other frustrating symptoms in women of reproductive age. However, there is hope in the form of effective treatments that can restore fertility and reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
You can think of polycystic ovary syndrome as a cluster of symptoms. Although each woman is different and may not experience every symptom, the following are some of the issues that women can experience due to PCOS.
- Irregular periods and ovulation
- Infertility due to irregular cycles
- Unwanted hair growth in places like the face, chin, stomach, breasts, thumbs or toes
- Thinning hair and hair loss on the head
- Weight problems, including struggles with weight gain and losing weight
- Oily skin or acne
If you have these symptoms, the doctors at our Las Vegas fertility center may consider a PCOS diagnosis. Having two of the three symptoms will confirm the diagnosis.
- Infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles
- Excess androgen (a male hormone)
- Ovaries with multiple cysts
Finding hope and treatment during PCOS Awareness Month
Whether you want to conceive, or you just want relief from the symptoms of PCOS, our Las Vegas fertility center can suggest treatment options.
- If you don’t want to become a mother now, birth control pills may be the best treatment option. They can help with managing the symptoms, including irregular periods and acne.
- If you want to have a baby, your doctor may begin by prescribing medications to help you ovulate. This may be enough to help you conceive when combined with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI). However, IVF may be necessary in some cases.
Our fertility doctors also recommend weight loss for overweight patients. By eating a low-calorie diet and getting moderate exercise, women can lose weight. When an overweight woman loses just 5% of her body weight, it can sometimes be enough to help with managing her symptoms and improving her fertility. Weight loss can also help to curb the onset of commonly associated problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes which occur more often in women with PCOS.
PCOS Awareness Month is an excellent time to reach out to our Las Vegas fertility center for help managing the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Contact us to learn more.