PCOS Hormone Imbalance
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that occurs when a woman’s hormones get out of balance, causing problems with your menstrual cycle and making it more difficult to get pregnant. Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist finds that most women with PCOS have a number of small cysts on their ovaries. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances.
Treatment by Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist is important, because left untreated, PCOS can lead to more dire health conditions.
With symptoms often appearing in a female’s teenage years, proper treatment can bring the symptoms under control and prevent longer-term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Most women who are diagnosed with PCOS report that their symptoms – which can vary from just one to a combination of many – are mild at the onset of the condition. Symptoms, which can include weight gain, acne, thinning hair, depression and irregular periods, are typically caused by changes in a woman’s hormone levels. A woman with PCOS may also experience problems with getting pregnant.
If diagnosed with PCOS, your Des Moines gynecologist will begin treatment by prescribing regular exercise and a heart-healthy diet to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. The side benefit is that you’ll probably lose weight as well. At times, hormone-balancing medicines may be prescribed.
Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist may also prescribe medicines, such as:
- Birth control pills;
- A diabetes medicine called metformin;
- Fertility medicines, if you are trying to get pregnant.
It’s important to see your ObGyn physician in Des Moines for follow-up to make sure treatment is working and to adjust it if needed. You may also need regular tests to check for diabetes, high blood pressure, and other possible problems.
We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; if you feel that you may have PCOS, call our office today at (515) 225-7201 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.
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