PCOS

POLY CYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

Are you susceptible to PCOS?

PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age

The problem is unless there are unmistakable cysts on the ovaries it often goes unrecognized and un-diagnosed by medical doctors. Its elusiveness is compounded by the fact that “traditional” symptoms and lab test abnormalities are often absent preventing a concrete diagnosis by the doctor.

 

Sadly, many middle-aged women come into our office who have struggled for years with PCOS they never knew they had.

  • Women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety & eating disorders especially binging. This has to do with blood sugar and HPA axis dysregulation.
  • 3 classic PCOS signs: obesity, irregular menses and hyper androgenism (acne, facial hair, male patterned baldness)
  • PCOS is characterized by blood vessel lining dysfunction and resistance to the vessel dilating action of insulin. PCOS also significantly increases risk for:
    • Fatty liver
    • Infertility
    • Endometrial Cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
    • Diabetes
  • Initially, PCOS was thought to be imbalance of sex hormones but actually the condition is metabolic due to insulin resistance.
  • Excess insulin from insulin resistance leads to hyper androgenism due to increased production of androgens and decreased synthesis of SHBG
  • The typical “birth control treatment” DOES not correct the underlying condition or dangerous long term consequences

 

PCOS SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

Any statements made are for educational purposes only. They do not constitute medical advice, do not substitute for proper medical evaluation from a qualified medical provider nor create a doctor/patient relationship. If you would like medical advice please ask your doctor.