Luxe Women's Health
OB/GYN & Women's Primary Care Practice located in Queen Creek, AZ
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects about 10% of women of childbearing age. Though PCOS may develop at any age, women may not realize they have the hormonal condition until they seek help for fertility issues. At Luxe Women's Health, Jennifer Wright-Bennion, CNM, APRN, specializes in diagnosing and treating PCOS. To schedule a consultation with this experienced women’s health expert, call the office in Queen Creek, Arizona, or click the online booking button. Telemedicine appointments are available.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a women’s health condition that occurs because of an imbalance in reproductive hormones.
An imbalance in reproductive hormones affects the function of your ovaries and ovulation. These changes may cause an irregular menstrual cycle or the development of ovarian cysts.
Though researchers are still investigating what causes women to develop PCOS, the hormonal imbalance may occur because of an increase in androgen levels, which are male reproductive sex hormones.
Though you can develop PCOS at any age, it often starts during your first menstrual cycle. You may be at greater risk of developing PCOS if it runs in your family.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS symptoms vary in type and severity. Common signs and symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Facial hair
- Male-pattern baldness
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Dark skin in the creases of your neck or groin or under your breasts
Symptoms tend to be more severe in women with obesity.
You should schedule an appointment at Luxe Women's Health if you have PCOS symptoms or you’re struggling with infertility. Jennifer specializes in fertility issues and can identify the cause and provide the right care to improve your chances of conception.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
Jennifer conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with concerns about PCOS or infertility. During your exam, she asks detailed questions about your menstrual cycle and symptoms. She also reviews your gynecological and medical history, as well as your family history.
Jennifer conducts a physical and pelvic exam. She may run blood tests to check your hormone levels and perform an in-house ultrasound test to look for cysts on your ovaries.
To diagnose PCOS, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Excess androgen levels
- Polycystic ovaries
She may perform other tests to rule out other conditions before diagnosing you with PCOS.
How is PCOS treated?
Jennifer customizes your PCOS treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and your current and future pregnancy plans. Taking a comprehensive approach to your health, your plan may include:
- Healthy diet and exercise program to manage weight
- Hormonal contraception to improve hormone balance
- Medication to regulate ovulation
- Treatments to remove or slow down unwanted hair growth
For women with PCOS and fertility issues, Jennifer can talk to you about your fertility treatment options that can improve your chances of conception.
PCOS is a common gynecological problem that requires ongoing management and care. Call Luxe Women's Health, or schedule your PCOS consultation online today.