Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Specialist

Marina OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Cosmetic Gynecologists located in Marina Del Rey, CA & Hawthorne, CA

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common and treatable cause of infertility that affects about 6-12% of women of childbearing age. The expert providers at Marina OB/GYN diagnose and treat PCOS at two locations in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California. If you think you have PCOS, call or book an appointment online today.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common hormonal disorder that affects women’s overall health and appearance. 

When you have PCOS, your ovaries may develop numerous fluid-filled sacs (cysts) and fail to release eggs on a regular basis. This can make it difficult to get pregnant. The team at Marina OB/GYN provides effective treatments to help you manage your symptoms and improve your chances of conceiving.

Who gets PCOS?

As many as 5 million American women of childbearing age have PCOS, making this condition one of the most common causes of female infertility. However, the true number is much higher than that since PCOS is a lifelong condition that continues past menopause. 

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing PCOS, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of PCOS
  • Insulin resistance, or prediabetes

PCOS can occur at any age after puberty, but many women don’t find out they have it until they seek treatment for infertility. 

How do I know if I have PCOS?

Signs and symptoms of PCOS vary, but may include:

  • Irregular periods, including more frequent or too few periods
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Hair growth on your face, chest, back, and stomach
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Acne on the face, chest, and back
  • Thinning hair on the top of your head
  • Dark patches of skin

PCOS may also cause clusters of cysts to develop on your ovaries. Your provider at Marina OB/GYN may detect these with an ultrasound.

How is PCOS diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose PCOS, your provider at Marina OB/GYN performs a physical and pelvic exam and carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. If they suspect PCOS, they may check your hormone levels with a blood test or look for ovarian cysts with a pelvic ultrasound. 

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and plans to have children. Depending on your needs, treatment for PCOS may include:

  • Losing weight
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Medicine to help you ovulate

If conservative treatments don’t relieve your symptoms or help you get pregnant, the team at Marina OB/GYN may recommend surgery. 

To learn more about treating PCOS, call Marina OB/GYN or book an appointment online today.