Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that commonly affects women of reproductive age. It's characterized by enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges, and it can profoundly impact different aspects of a woman's life—from fertility to physical appearance and overall health.
At Ideal Gynecology, board-certified gynecologist Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG, and our team, including Tiffany Morgan, WHNP, Clara Jones, FNP, Kathryn Garren, WHNP, and Olivia Taylor, WHNP, believe in empowering women with comprehensive care to manage PCOS effectively.
In this post, we provide valuable information on how PCOS can affect your fertility, your appearance, and your health, and how we can guide you through managing it so that you feel better.
PCOS and fertility
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can make it harder to become pregnant. That’s because PCOS can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs regularly—an occurrence known as ovulation. The resulting hormonal imbalance can make it challenging for women with PCOS to get pregnant.
At Ideal Gynecology, we work with patients to explore different treatment options, such as lifestyle modifications, medications, and assisted reproductive technology, to improve fertility outcomes and help women with PCOS achieve their dreams of motherhood.
PCOS and physical appearance
PCOS can cause a range of physical changes caused by increased androgen levels—a type of male hormone. These changes can include excessive hair growth, acne, and male-pattern baldness. The changes can be distressing and significantly impact a woman's self-esteem and body image.
We provide personalized treatment plans at Ideal Gynecology to manage these physical symptoms, including lifestyle advice, hormonal therapies, and supportive counseling to ensure our patients feel supported and confident.
PCOS and overall health
PCOS doesn't just affect fertility and appearance—it can also have long-term health implications, including increased risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance, leading to elevated insulin levels that can affect overall health.
One of the most effective ways to manage PCOS symptoms and protect your health is through lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. These changes can improve the body's use of insulin, regulate your menstrual cycle, and even improve fertility.
Beyond physical health, PCOS can also take a toll on mental health, with many women experiencing anxiety, depression, and emotional distress because of the condition. It's essential to address these psychological aspects when managing PCOS.
You need a provider who understands the profound impact that PCOS can have on a woman's life. We offer comprehensive care that includes providing resources and interventions to help our patients navigate the emotional challenges of living with PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex disorder, but with the right care and support, women with PCOS can lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We're committed to helping you manage your PCOS, one step at a time. Reach out to Ideal Gynecology to take control of your PCOS journey today. Call our Atlanta, Georgia office at 470-491-1638 to schedule your visit. Let us help you feel your best.