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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome services offered in Southlake, TX

If you experience irregular periods, balding, facial hair, or acne, you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). At Southlake Endocrinology PLLC: Do-Eun Lee, MD, board-certified endocrinologist Do-Eun Lee, MD, treats PCOS to reduce symptoms and your risk of infertility. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or book one online today.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q & A

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly called PCOS, is a hormone problem that occurs among women of childbearing age. It results from excess production of the male androgen hormones and can cause unpleasant symptoms or complications when left untreated. Dr. Lee specializes in diagnosing and treating hormone disorders, giving you the best quality of life possible.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS can cause the following symptoms:

  • Prolonged periods
  • Infrequent periods
  • Thinning hair or baldness
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Severe acne
  • Ovarian cysts

Infertility, pregnancy complications, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety, and sleep apnea can also occur in women with PCOS. Your risk of developing endometrial cancer is higher too.

What are the risk factors for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome isn’t entirely clear, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Obesity
  • Family history of PCOS
  • Excess insulin production 
  • Too much androgen production
  • Low-grade inflammation

Adopting healthy habits and maintaining an ideal body weight are the best ways to reduce developing polycystic ovarian syndrome. However, you can’t always prevent it.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

To find out if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome and develop a treatment plan, Dr. Lee reviews your symptoms and medical history. She checks your blood pressure and other vital signs, completes a physical exam that includes a pelvic exam, and may recommend blood tests or a pelvic ultrasound. 

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome treated?

To reduce symptoms and complications associated with PCOS, Dr. Lee offers health education, hormone treatments, and medications. Plus, maintain the ideal body weight, get regular exercise, and limit your carbohydrate intake to diminish PCOS symptoms.

Take all medications as directed by Dr. Lee. She follows up with you to make sure your treatment works. She can alter your treatment regimen if necessary to keep hormone levels within a healthy range or reduce unpleasant symptoms.

To find out if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome or get treatment for it to reduce symptoms, call the Southlake Endocrinology PLLC: Do-Eun Lee, MD, office or schedule an appointment online today.