Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome services offered in Bedford and Fort Worth, TX

Up to 5 million American women have polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of infertility. Though there’s no cure, intervention and treatment can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. At CARE Fertility, the team of reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialists provides complete care for polycystic ovary syndrome. If you experience irregular menstrual cycles, make an appointment by booking online or calling the office in Bedford or Fort Worth, Texas, today.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q & A

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of infertility. It occurs when your ovaries (the organs that produce and release eggs) create too many androgens (male hormones). 

Without intervention and treatment, the hormonal imbalance affects your menstrual cycle, resulting in missed periods and erratic ovulation. What’s more, PCOS may increase your risk of other, more serious health problems.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome?

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Abnormal hair growth
  • Acne
  • Obesity
  • Skin discoloration
  • Cysts
  • Skin tags
  • Thinning hair

Polycystic ovary syndrome also increases your risk of infertility. The condition affects the frequency of ovulation, making it difficult to conceive.

When should I see a fertility specialist about PCOS?

Make an appointment with the team at CARE Fertility if you experience irregular periods, no periods, or very long periods. That’s especially true if menstrual irregularities occur alongside symptoms like increased facial hair, acne, or unexplained weight gain.

How is polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosed?

At CARE Fertility, the team diagnoses polycystic ovary syndrome during an in-office visit. Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if you frequently have irregular or missed periods. 

Next, they conduct a physical exam, order bloodwork, and perform a pelvic exam. Your provider might also order a pelvic ultrasound to look at your ovaries for cysts or to assess the lining of your uterus.

How is polycystic ovary syndrome treated?

Treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your life. The team at CARE Fertility might recommend:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Insulin-sensitizing medication
  • Medications to block androgens
  • Healthy lifestyle changes

If you want to get pregnant, the team might recommend drugs to induce ovulation, surgery to remove tissues producing androgen hormones, or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Do fertility treatments for PCOS really work?

At CARE Fertility, the team boasts years of experience using fertility treatments to help women with PCOS conceive. 

Advanced treatment options, like in vitro fertilization and effortless IVF®, have a proven track record. In fact, combining fertility drugs with IVF often produces extra embryos that can be used for future pregnancies.

Don’t let polycystic ovary syndrome prevent you from starting a family. To explore the different treatment options, make an appointment at CARE Fertility by calling the nearest office or booking online today.