Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic (long-term) condition. Many symptoms may start gradually and may initially be thought to be related to another medical problem. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent long-term complications, such as diabetes, reproductive, metabolic, or cardiovascular problems.
If you have any combination of these symptoms, it is time to schedule an appointment to see a reproductive endocrinologist or your health professional:
- Menstrual cycles that are consistently less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart.
- Regular menstrual cycles, but you have been trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant for more than 12 months.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Pelvic pain for more than 6 months.
- Excessive hair growth or hair growing in places such as the chest, back, or face (hirsutism).
- Any symptoms of high insulin levels in the blood (hyperinsulinemia).
- Ongoing skin problems, such as acne, oily skin, dandruff, dark skin patches (acanthosis nigricans) on the neck, groin, underarms, or in skin folds, or skin tags (acrochordons) in the armpits or neck area.
- Depression or mood swings. Many women may have emotional problems related to the many physical symptoms of PCOS, such as excess hair, obesity, or infertility.
- Excess weight gain or upper body obesity (more abdominal fat than hip fat). This is also known as android obesity and is related to increased male hormone (testosterone) levels.
The physicians at FertilityAnswers are board certified and trained in reproductive endocrinology making them uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat patients with PCOS. Call our office today at 888/467-2229 to schedule your consultation, or submit the form below: