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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is one of the most common causes of female infertility. If you suspect you have this hormonal condition, Lauren Rubal, MD, offers evidence-based whole-person care at her practice in Newport Beach, California. PCOS can cause acne and excess hair growth, but Dr. Rubal helps to relieve your symptoms with noninvasive lifestyle changes that can make a dramatic difference in your well-being. Call the office today or book a consultation online.
PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. As many as 5 million women in their childbearing years have PCOS.
The word "polycystic" means “many cysts," and PCOS often causes clusters of small cysts in your ovaries.
Although scientists are still trying to understand what causes PCOS, part of the problem might be an overproduction of insulin.
An excessive amount of insulin can boost androgen production. Androgens are a type of hormone considered “male.” When your body makes too many androgens it alters your normal process of ovulation.
PCOS also may run in families. If your mother has the condition, you may be at a greater risk of having it too.
PCOS has a variety of symptoms, so you may have had this condition for years without knowing it. A chief sign is irregular periods, and women with PCOS are more likely to be overweight. Other signs to look for include:
Left untreated, PCOS can affect all areas of your body with lifelong consequences. It may increase your risk of getting chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
If you suspect you have PCOS, it’s best to contact Dr. Rubal. As a reproductive endocrinologist, she has the expertise to diagnose and treat PCOS to prevent serious complications.
Dr. Rubal begins by taking a complete medical history and asking about your symptoms. She performs a physical exam and may recommend blood tests to measure your hormone levels.
Because some PCOS symptoms are similar to symptoms caused by other health problems, she may suggest an ultrasound to confirm your diagnosis.
The ultrasound looks at the size of your ovaries and can show whether you have cysts or not. The test also helps Dr. Rubal evaluate the thickness of your uterine lining.
Lifestyle changes may make a dramatic improvement in your condition. Dr. Rubal discusses options to naturally address PCOS.
Eating a healthy diet and getting more physical activity can help you lose weight and minimize your symptoms. These changes may help to lower your blood sugar levels so you begin ovulating more regularly.
If you’re trying to become pregnant or need evidence-based care to minimize PCOS symptoms, call the office today or schedule your consultation online.