Have you ever been told that you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or wondered if you do?
PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, affecting up to 15% of all females. PCOS is a complex disorder involving multiple hormones and systems in the body. Despite PCOS being a very well-studied condition, the cause remains unknown. As reproductive endocrinologists, we have spent a significant amount of time reading about and investigating this disorder and are specialists in this topic.
How do I know if I have PCOS?
Symptoms that women with PCOS experience may include: irregular menstrual periods, acne, excess or unwanted hair growth (e.g. face, abdomen, chest), obesity or difficulty losing weight.
What risks do women have with PCOS?
PCOS is associated with abdominal obesity, cholesterol abnormalities, hypertension, insulin resistance and diabetes. Each of these increases the risk of heart disease. Women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly, which means that the lining of the uterus is exposed to estrogen for an extended period of time. This estrogen exposure causes the lining to thicken and may cause pre-cancerous changes that could lead to uterine cancer. Not ovulating regularly often causes infertility. In addition, women with PCOS more often have depression and anxiety.
At New York Fertility Services, our goal is to provide comprehensive individualized care for all women with PCOS, including those seeking fertility and those who are not. We have a clinic dedicated entirely to women with PCOS, led by Dr. Batzofin, an expert in this condition. He will do a thorough evaluation, including your medical history, physical exam with pelvic ultrasound and blood work. Once the diagnosis has correctly been established, a treatment program tailored to your specific symptoms will be designed, as no two cases are exactly alike. This customized program will include diligent monitoring via regularly scheduled office visits and blood work. If fertility is an immediate concern, this will also be addressed. It is important that a medical specialist help you address this life-long condition.