Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), clinically known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a disorder affecting 5 to 10 percent of all women of reproductive age. Although the exact cause of PCOS remains unknown, the disorder leads to changes to the ovaries that result in higher levels of estrogen and testosterone in the body. This common hormonal condition is one of the leading causes of infertility.
At Midwest Fertility Center, we can help treat polycystic ovarian syndrome and the symptoms of PCOS. Our specialists provide a number of methods to assist couples affected by this syndrome. Contact our practice today to learn more.
Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
The symptoms of PCOS and their severity can vary a great deal from patient to patient; however, some common symptoms include:
- Irregular, absent, or few menstrual cycles
- High blood pressure
- Elevated levels of insulin, resistance to insulin, or diabetes
- Multiple cysts on ovaries
- Enlarged ovaries
- Obesity concentrated in the midsection
- Excess facial or body hair
- Thinning hair on the scalp
- Acne or oily skin
Polycystic ovarian syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because not all patients with PCOS display the same symptoms. Some patients can be completely unaware that they have PCOS until they are unable to conceive. A significant percentage of women with PCOS struggle with their weight; however, there are also many thin women diagnosed with the disorder.
There are some women who do not have multiple cysts on their ovaries, yet they still have the hormonal irregularities associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS testing can be done at any of our Chicago and Northwest Indiana centers. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.
Treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Medical treatment for PCOS is different for each woman, depending on the symptoms and other factors. Typically, treatment is aimed at eliminating the symptoms of the disorder and restoring regular ovulation. Birth control pills and diabetes medication can help patients manage many PCOS symptoms. For women who wish to become pregnant, the first step of PCOS treatment is usually a course of fertility drugs aimed at stimulating ovulation.
Research has also shown that a change in diet and an increase in sustained, regular exercise are both beneficial in treating the condition. Midwest Fertility Center is proud to offer infertile couples a new program designed to improve the overall well-being of our patients through stress management and other methods. If these non-surgical approaches do not work, we can use certain surgical procedures to restore proper ovarian health.
Arrange an appointment with Midwest Fertility Center to discuss polycystic ovarian syndrome ( PCOS) with one of our specialists.