Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects women of childbearing age. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms, help is available from dedicated nurse practitioner Melissa Prince, C-ANP, MSN, through her telehealth practice. Melissa offers medical care for PCOS to residents in and around Scottsdale, Arizona. Call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, or book a telehealth visit online today.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in which a woman’s ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, which is a male sex hormone that women normally produce in very small amounts.
Researchers are uncertain of the exact causes of PCOS but believe a combination of low-grade systemic inflammation, abnormally high insulin production, and genetic factors are responsible.
When left untreated, PCOS can cause various health issues. It’s essential to listen to the messages your body is telling you and seek diagnostic treatment if you experience any changes.
Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to seek a diagnostic workup for PCOS. Some signs of this condition include:
For many women, infertility is the first sign of PCOS. Other women have numerous small cysts on their ovaries. Even though the name of this condition would suggest otherwise, not all women with polycystic ovary syndrome develop these cysts.
One of the primary treatments for PCOS involves taking birth control pills to restore optimal hormonal balance.
Some medications can help treat PCOS, including diabetes drugs that reduce insulin resistance. Medications can also prompt your ovaries to release eggs, which is helpful for women who have PCOS but want to become pregnant. Hair loss and acne might also respond well to medications that treat those specific conditions.
Improving your nutrition by eating more fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins, can also help reduce symptoms of PCOS. Getting enough exercise is important as well.
A combination of these efforts will often yield the best possible results. However, you’ll need to communicate with Melissa during treatment to let her know what is working and which efforts are not yielding improvement.
If you’re looking for a solution to PCOS, call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, to book a telehealth visit. Online scheduling also allows you to book from home, any time of day or night.