Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause significant symptoms like facial hair growth, abnormal periods and infertility. Dr. Pilshchik stays up-to-date on emerging medical treatments to ensure her New York City patients get the most effective care for conditions like PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a medical condition that occurs in women whose body's produce too many androgen hormones. It's also a common cause of infertility among women. When the body makes too much androgen, little cysts, or fluid-filled growths, form inside the ovaries, making it difficult for eggs to be released during ovulation. Researchers believe excess insulin, genetics and even chronic inflammation may also play a role in PCOS.
In addition to problems becoming pregnant, PCOS can cause:
PCOS may also increase the chances of developing type II diabetes and heart disease.
PCOS can be diagnosed with ultrasound of your ovaries or with blood tests to measure your levels of specific hormones and to check for insulin resistance. If PCOS is diagnosed, Dr. Pilshchik may also recommend screening tests for type II diabetes, heart disease and uterine and cervical cancer.
PCOS cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes like regular exercise and diet to help you lose weight, as well as medications to help regulate menstrual cycles, promote regular ovulation and control and reduce excess hair growth. Dr. Pilshchik will develop a treatment regiment that's based on your symptoms, your health and your lifestyle.
PCOS has been linked with higher rates of miscarriage, preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), gestational diabetes and premature delivery. If you have PCOS and you're pregnant, Dr. Pilshchik will watch you closely to make sure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy.