Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women can cause irregular periods, infertility, or embarrassing facial or body hair growth. At her office in Dallas, Texas, board-certified OB/GYN specialist De Shawndranique Gray, MD, and her experienced team diagnose and treat PCOS to reduce unpleasant symptoms and your risk of complications. Call her office to schedule an evaluation or book one online today.
PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormone disorder in women that causes excess production of the male hormone androgen. It reduces your ability to become pregnant and often causes unpleasant symptoms.
Treatment with Dr. Gray and her team can offer you symptom relief from PCOS.
Common signs and symptoms of PCOS include:
Complications that can occur with untreated PCOS include infertility, diabetes, high blood pressure, pregnancy problems, liver inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and depression. Your risk of developing endometrial cancer also increases.
The cause of PCOS isn’t entirely clear, but some factors appear to increase your risk of getting it. Examples include:
Often, the cause of PCOS isn’t known.
Dr. Gray uses a variety of methods to find out if you have PCOS and develop an effective treatment. She reviews your medical history and symptoms and completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. She might suggest you undergo a blood test and ultrasound to make a final diagnosis.
Depending on your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Gray may suggest one or more of the following PCOS treatments:
Ways you can reduce PCOS symptoms include maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, limiting carbohydrates, and staying as active as possible.
Taking medications helps regulate your menstrual cycle and reduce unpleasant symptoms of PCOS. Dr. Gray may recommend you take birth control pills, hormone injections, other hormone treatments, diabetes medicines, or fertility medications.
If you have embarrassing hair growth or acne because of PCOS, you can try acne treatments, laser hair removal, or other hair removal methods.
Don’t live with unpleasant or embarrassing PCOS symptoms when simple treatments offer you a better quality of life. Call De Shawndranique Gray, MD, to schedule an appointment or book one online today.