PCOS

Beryl Randolph, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Beryl Randolph, M.D.

OBGYN located in Houston, TX

Menstrual irregularity, difficulty sleeping, and infertility are just some of the conditions associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Beryl Randolph, MD, OB/GYN, is a compassionate physician who can diagnose and help you manage your PCOS, so your symptoms don’t interfere with your quality of life or your desire to have a family. To find out more, call East Houston OB/GYN in Houston today, or schedule a consultation online.

PCOS Q & A

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman’s reproductive hormone levels are imbalanced, causing her ovaries to malfunction. An excess of androgens such as testosterone can cause eggs to be malformed, or prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs as they should. PCOS can also lead to infertility and other health complications.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Symptoms of PCOS can vary significantly between individual women. Some of the most common symptoms associated with PCOS include:

  • Irregular, infrequent, or prolonged menstrual periods
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Loss of head hair
  • Severe acne
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty losing weight

PCOS can make it difficult for you to become pregnant, but some care options may help restore your fertility.

What are the health conditions associated with PCOS?

In addition to infertility, PCOS has been linked to other health conditions, such as:

  • Enlarged ovaries
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Endometrial cancer

Depression and anxiety are also common in women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.

How is polycystic ovary syndrome treated?

There is currently no cure for PCOS, but the disease can be managed. Dr. Randolph offers care options to relieve the symptoms of PCOS. If you aren’t concerned about becoming pregnant, hormonal birth control pills or implant devices can help regulate your menstrual cycle, may reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, and improve symptoms like insomnia, acne, or excess body hair. By addressing your symptoms and general health, hormonal therapy may improve your chances of pregnancy in the future, although you’ll need to stop taking contraceptives in order to conceive.

If you do wish to become pregnant, fertility medications such as Clomid may improve your fertility. In vitro fertilization may be an option if you don’t respond to more conservative fertility care.

Healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices can help you control your weight and improve your overall health, which in turn may improve your PCOS symptoms and boost your fertility.

To learn more about how Dr. Randolph can help you manage your PCOS, call East Houston OB/GYN to make an appointment today, or book online.