Affecting about 10 percent of women during their reproductive years, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is an imbalance of hormones that can lead to a malfunction of the ovaries. Here is some information on the potential consequences of this condition as well as symptoms.
How it Happens
In many instances, PCOS results from the ovaries becoming covered with small cysts filled with fluid. The ovaries can become enlarged as well. Although the cysts are not typically harmful in and of themselves, they can contribute to either irregular ovulation or a lack of ovulation altogether. Women who have this condition will often have fertility issues.
Women with PCOS often show several different types of symptoms. For example, they may experience irregular menstruation or have heavy bleeding in the area of the vagina. Their skin may darken or become thicker, and they may also have thinning hear on the top of the head. Other symptoms include unexplained weight gain and an excessive growth of hair on the abdomen, thighs, chest or face.
If symptoms are present, a blood test can confirm the presence of PCOS and help your doctor determine the best course of treatment.
Even though PCOS can lead to infertility and create problems with natural pregnancies. Fertility treatments have proven to be very effective for women with the condition. There are different treatment methods available.
If you are showing the symptoms of PCOS and you would like to learn more about your treatment options, get in touch with the experts at DFW Center for Fertility and IVF. Contact us online or give us a call at 469-854-0305 to schedule an examination.