PCOS - Optimal Hormone Health Clinic

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects women during their reproductive years. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have PCOS. The main signs and symptoms of PCOS include:

What Causes PCOS?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it likely involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some theories of what contributes to PCOS include:

Diagnosing PCOS

There's no single test to diagnose PCOS. The diagnosis is usually based on a woman's signs and symptoms, medical history (including if other female relatives have PCOS), physical exam, and blood tests to measure hormone levels. Pelvic ultrasounds may also be done to examine the ovaries.

Women, get tested if you have irregular periods.

Treating PCOS

While there's no cure yet for PCOS, symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications:

The treatment approach depends on the patient's desire for pregnancy and controlling specific signs and symptoms. So PCOS treatment needs to be tailored for every woman. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working closely with your doctor can help manage PCOS.

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