Living with PCOS

If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, you may wonder what it means for your future. This imbalance of the reproductive hormones can cause irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, and infertility. Although no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome currently exists, Dr. Randolph and the team at East Houston OB/Gyn can help you manage the condition so it doesn’t markedly affect your quality of life.

Here’s what you need to know about living with PCOS.

PCOS is common

As many as 5-10% of women of childbearing years have PCOS. It’s caused by an imbalance of your reproductive hormones; you produce more androgens, or male hormones, than is usual for a woman. This causes your ovaries to fail to develop eggs or to release those eggs during ovulation as regularly as they should.

PCOS causes annoying symptoms

PCOS may cause you to miss your periods altogether or cause them to arrive in an irregular pattern. It can also cause cysts to form on the ovaries and make it hard for you to get pregnant.

You may have frustrating symptoms to live with, too. These include:

PCOS is associated with health problems

PCOS is linked to a number of other health problems, such as

If you have PCOS, you should undergo regular screenings for these conditions, especially if you’re overweight.

Managing PCOS

Living with PCOS requires you to take steps to prevent associated health problems and keep your symptoms to a minimum. These include losing weight to achieve a healthy size and to minimize uncomfortable symptoms. We can give you guidance as to dietary and exercise changes to make to help you reach and keep a healthy weight.

Dr. Randolph can also help you by offering prescription treatments to slow unwanted hair growth, as well as birth control pills to regulate your periods. In addition, you may benefit from aesthetic treatments, such as laser hair removal, to help you feel more confident about your appearance.

If you want to get pregnant, having PCOS doesn’t mean you can’t – it just might make the process more difficult. You may need to take medications, like Clomid, to encourage ovulation and the release of an egg. If Clomid doesn’t work, Dr. Randolph can help you with other options.

PCOS may equal stress

The symptoms of PCOS, the challenges in losing weight, and the struggle to get pregnant can all cause stress. You may have days where you feel really down and struggle with anxiety and depression. If these thoughts become persistent, don’t be afraid to seek help. PCOS can be a tough condition to live with – we’re here to support you.

Women in the Houston area who have been diagnosed with PCOS or who have symptoms that suggest the hormonal imbalance can find solace in the support and care of Dr. Randolph at East Houston OB/GYN. We want to make living with PCOS manageable – even easy. Call us at 713-768-0639 to set up your consultation or book an appointment using the online tool.

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