8 Symptoms of PCOS

When you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), your body produces an excessive amount of male hormones, causing a hormonal imbalance that can affect you in several ways.

At our practice, Alexandra Pellicena, MD, FACOG in Houston, Texas, we understand how PCOS can change certain functions in your body, and we’re here to help.

If you notice or experience any signs of PCOS, turn to our team for an accurate diagnosis and the support you need.  We have treatments that can regulate your hormones and help your body function properly.

Symptoms of PCOS

  1.   Inconsistent periods

When you stop ovulating on a monthly basis, your uterine lining stops shedding, which makes your periods irregular. This can also interfere with your ability to get pregnant.

  1.   Excessive bleeding

When your uterine lining builds up over time, you can experience periods accompanied by very heavy bleeding.

  1.   Obesity

PCOS can cause glucose intolerance, which can result in weight gain. Almost 80% of women who have PCOS are overweight or obese. 

  1.   Acne

If you have a higher than normal production of male hormones, your skin can become oily, causing breakouts on your face, back, and chest.

  1.   Unwanted hair growth

Your excess male hormones can cause hair to grow on areas such as your face, back, stomach, and chest. This happens in 70% of women with PCOS.

  1.   Headaches

Hormone imbalances can result in intense headaches that are similar to a migraine and may be preceded by an aura.

  1.   Baldness

The male hormones in your body can cause you to experience male-pattern baldness, in which the hair in certain areas of your scalp becomes thin and falls out.

  1.   Skin discoloration

PCOS can cause your skin to form dark patches in the creases of your neck, groin, or under your breasts.

Treatment for PCOS

We recommend lifestyle changes that include losing weight if you’re obese, eating a healthy diet, and exercising. Giving your body those simple changes can help balance your hormones and reduce your symptoms.

We can also support your lifestyle changes with the following treatments:

When you visit the office for an evaluation, we work with you to give you the best solution to help reduce your symptoms.

If you experience any signs of PCOS, contact our office for the superior care you need. Call or book your appointment online today with Dr. Pellicena and her team.

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