Is this Dangerous,
like Ovarian Cancer?
How is PCOS Treated?
There are several ways to treat PCOS, although the most common is usually to add or change a prescription for birth control pills (which are high in estrogen, and counter the high testosterone). This carries risk of other conditions which must be carefully considered.
If you think you may have PCOS, please bring it up to your doctor soon, or call us for an appointment.
How Can a Woman With PCOS Be Recognized?
Here’s the picture of a woman with PCOS: a younger woman with highly irregular or no periods, who is overweight and has hair growth and acne on her face, chest and back.
She may also have a high libido and enlarged clitoris, and have anger or rage issues - but not all women have the same manifestations.
Diagnosis cannot be made based on appearance. All of the factors must be considered in proper context.
Before any treatment is started, a diagnosis must be made based on a thorough physical exam with certain lab tests, and perhaps even an ultrasound of her ovaries. Only after a diagnosis is made, can treatment can be initiated.
What About Obesity and Diabetes with PCOS?
Because the ovarian follicles interfere with the hormone system to such a great extent, there is also a disruption of the hormones required to use glucose in the cell, leading very often to a form of diabetes and/or obesity.
What Else Does High Testosterone Cause in A Woman?
Other results of high testosterone in women include male-like changes, such as
What About Testosterone?
Follicles normally signal the production of certain hormones, but with multiple follicles (from which comes the term polycystic) there is a higher than normal level of testosterone produced. This wreaks havoc on a woman’s menstrual cycle, which is normally controlled by the very regular production of specific hormones. High testosterone changes the hormone messenger system and interrupts the normal menstrual cycle. As a result, these women have irregular periods and may cease periods altogether.
What is Meant by
The ovaries are the collection of eggs (also called Ova) which are produced in a female during embryonic development. During puberty, the ovaries are stimulated by hormones to mature.
Each month, an increase in two hormones leads to one of the eggs being selected to "develop" and be released from the sac (or follicle) in which it is contained. The empty sac that remains produces a hormone to assist with pregnancy, and then undergoes a deterioration - usually.
Sometimes, the sac will remain. This is a very, very tiny ovarian cyst.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a condition of women in which the ovaries produce excessive amounts of testosterone, sometimes thought of as a male hormone.
This excess testosterone causes problems such as: