According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1 out of every 10 women are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. William Garcia, MD, is experienced in diagnosing and treating this condition and has helped hundreds of women in and around Vienna, Virginia, live a happy and healthy life through proper PCOS management. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal imbalance that can cause widespread symptoms. Even girls as young as 11 can develop PCOS.
Hormones control many different processes throughout the body. They act as chemical messengers that move through your system to coordinate things like metabolism, immune response, and growth.
Some hormones guide your reproductive health. If those hormones get out of balance, many different symptoms can develop. Insulin also plays a role in PCOS. Many women who suffer from the condition also produce too much insulin.
Symptoms of PCOS often seem unrelated and are common in many other medical conditions. That’s part of what makes PCOS so challenging to diagnose, and why so many women suffer for years before they find the right diagnosis and treatment path.
If you notice the following symptoms, you may want to come in for PCOS screening:
Dr. Garcia completes a thorough health history review, assesses your vital signs, and performs a pelvic exam to determine the cause of your symptoms. Based on the results of those efforts, additional screening methods may be advised.
Your treatment path is designed to fit your specific needs and goals. There are medications that can help regulate your period and regain a better hormonal balance. Other drugs reduce the effects of excess androgens, which are often referred to as male hormones.
Birth control pills are a good option for many women. That small daily dose of hormones can restore balance and ease symptoms, while also reducing your risk of developing endometrial cancer.
Lifestyle modifications can be a powerful tool in treating PCOS. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, giving up smoking, improving your diet, and increasing your activity level can all help your body perform properly.
To learn more about diagnosing and treating PCOS, schedule a visit with Dr. Garcia at your earliest convenience. You can schedule online, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.