Polycystic Ovaries vs Normal Ovaries
- Acne – specifically on your chin and jawline
- Hair growth – also specifically on your chin, but chest, abdomen, and back too
- Pain during ovulation – cysts can rupture
- Infertility – PCOS can cause fertility problems
- Irregular cycle – if your hormones are off, this can throw off your cycle
- Weight gain
- Insulin resistance or diabetes – Insulin can cause an increase in free testosterone by decreasing sex hormone binding globulin production from your liver
How is PCOS diagnosed?
- A comprehensive intake to discuss your symptoms, changes, and menstrual history
- Physical exam to evaluate symptoms
- Blood testing is recommended to evaluate hormones and blood sugar. Blood tests are also important to rule out other causes.
- An ultrasound is needed for the final diagnosis. The ultrasound will be able to detect cysts on the ovaries. Generally more than 9 cysts can be seen on one ovary.
What are the long term effects of PCOS?
- Weight gain
- Insulin resistance which can lead to type II diabetes
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Elevated blood pressure and cholesterol
What can I do immediately?
- Start exercising – weight loss can help rebalance hormones if you are overweight
- Quit smoking
- Increase your vegetable intake and reduce sugar intake
- Start tracking your cycle to help determine whether you are “regular” or not
What do I do next?
- Schedule a visit with me to discuss your history and begin lab evaluations even if your not sure whether you have PCOS or not, I can help make that distinction.
- Learn how to treat PCOS naturally with dietary changes and herbs prescribed specifically for you
- Start feeling and looking your BEST!