Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Fertility
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a pre-diabetic condition that has several side effects including hair loss, acne, and hirsutism. At HCRM, we work closely with our patients to make lifestyle changes and provide care to prevent serious consequences of this condition. By closely monitoring this condition, women can experience relief from many symptoms.View transcript
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a clustering of symptoms that can lead to infertility. The symptoms that are most bothersome are irregular menstrual cycles, acne, scalp hair loss. It is a pre-diabetic condition that needs careful monitoring and diagnosis to prevent things like increased incidence of breast cancer, uterine cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic syndrome based from insulin resistance which causes the symptoms that are bothersome to women. A woman would want to come to Heartland for care of her polycystic syndrome because we can relieve the minor symptoms, and we can, with good care and monitoring, prevent the more serious consequences of the syndrome. The woman that comes for care of polycystic ovarian syndrome, we work as a team together to change her lifestyle, to use as minimum medications as we can, but to use them appropriately to prevent serious consequences. So, for example, regular daily exercise, eating a Mediterranean-type diet, keeping her weight under good control, topical medications for acne, maybe some medications to control her insulin resistance if that's needed. Sometimes just daily exercise is enough to control that, but we're going to monitor her, probably every six months, to make sure that we're keeping her in the safe category and to make sure that she is comfortable with the relief of her symptoms.