Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome is an ailment that occurs when female hormones are thrown out of balance, resulting in complications with a woman’s menstrual cycle and making it more difficult to become pregnant.
Fresno OB-GYN Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren finds that most of her patients who suffer from PCOS have a number of small cysts located on their ovaries that aren’t really unsafe, but can still lead to hormonal imbalances. If not treated in a timely and correct manner, PCOS can lead to more serious health conditions later in life.
While symptoms usually arise during a female’s teenage years, an effective and all-inclusive treatment plan can help keep the symptoms under control and block them from turning into more long-term illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease.
Many women who have PCOS experience symptoms that range anywhere from one mild symptom at the onset to a combination of many as time progresses. Symptoms that are normally connected with a hormonal imbalance can include:
- Weight gain;
- Thinning hair;
- Irregular periods.
If you’re diagnosed with PCOS, your Fresno OB-GYN will initiate your treatment regimen by prescribing a consistent exercise routine and a healthier diet to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In some cases, medications for balancing out your hormonal levels may be recommended.
She may also suggest that patients try medications such as:
- Birth control pills;
- Metformin (a medication used to treat diabetes);
- Fertility medicines (if you’re trying to conceive).
It’s also very important stay in touch with your Fresno OB-GYN for follow-up to make sure that the prescribed treatment is working properly and make any required adjustments. She may suggest testing for diabetes, high blood pressure, or other likely conditions on a regular basis.
If you think that you may be suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and are in need of a caring and experienced OB-GYN Fresno CA residents rely on the professional and caring staff at the office of Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren.
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