Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common condition in which a woman's hormones are out of balance, which can lead to abnormal periods and difficulty getting pregnant. The cause of PCOS is unknown, but early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the risk of long-term negative health effects.

OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that the menstrual cycle signals a woman's overall health, and getting less than 12 periods a year may not be normal.

Common Symptoms:

  • Irregular or no menstrual periods for women of reproductive ages
  • Irregular ovulation, with or without monthly bleeding 
  • Acne 
  • Excess hair growth on the face and body 
  • Thinning scalp hair

Treatment Options  

There is no cure for PCOS, but it may be controlled with weight loss and treated with medications such as Lupron and insulin. Being diagnosed with PCOS gives you the opportunity to manage it by treating symptoms, protecting your fertility and reducing your chances of diabetes.

Birth control pills can help regulate your cycle; however it is recommended to have your hormone levels tested to rule out other health conditions.