PCOS Specialist

Women's Health Specialists

Gynecology located in Orlando, FL

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 5-10% of women between the ages of 15-44. For those living in and around Orlando, Florida, team members at the Women's Health Specialists, offer thorough diagnostic and treatment services for polycystic ovary syndrome. To learn more about this condition, schedule a consultation at Women’s Health Specialist online or by phone today.

PCOS Q & A

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects women during their childbearing years. Your body produces a wide range of hormones that trigger numerous actions. Some of those hormones focus on reproductive functions. 

Testosterone plays a big role in men’s health, but women also need a small amount of testosterone and other hormones associated with males. Polycystic ovary syndrome occurs when a woman produces abnormally large volumes of androgens or male hormones. 

Women with PCOS have problems with ovulation, which in turn impacts hormone production, creating a negative cycle and numerous symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome creates many different symptoms, not all of which are clearly linked. This can make it challenging to diagnose, and many women struggle for years before they receive a proper diagnosis. 

Some of the signs of PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Acne
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Weight gain
  • Excess hair growth on the face, belly, back, and chest
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Dark patches of skin
  • Headaches

Polycystic ovary syndrome can make it difficult to get pregnant. For many women, infertility is the first symptom of PCOS, and also the factor that leads to a diagnosis. 

How is PCOS treated?

At Women’s Health Specialists, every woman receives a customized treatment plan. Lifestyle modifications are usually part of the process. Improving your diet, getting plenty of exercise, and generally boosting your health can make a world of difference in your daily quality of life. 

Hormonal birth control can help regulate your hormonal balance. There are many different delivery systems to choose from, including pills, patches, vaginal rings, and more. 

Medications can help address insulin deficiencies, hair loss, and headaches. For some women, a surgical procedure called ovarian drilling can help by creating tiny openings in your ovaries to allow ovulation. 

Many women pursue infertility care as part of treating PCOS. Your doctor can help you navigate the available options and find a path that works for you. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of PCOS and want answers, book an appointment online or by phone today.