Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment with Hormone Replacement Therapy in Naples, FL
In addition to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, the ovaries produce small amounts of male hormones. In some instances, the ovaries produce larger quantities of these chemicals, leading to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.
This condition affects one out of fifteen women generally in their twenties or thirties, although in some cases, the symptoms may begin in the teen years or as soon as a girl begins menstruating.
Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can lead to a number of symptoms that include:
- An irregular menstrual cycle
- Unwanted hair growth on the face, chest, belly, or nipples
- A thinning of the hair on the head
- Acne breakouts
- Weight gain
- Numerous small cysts along the outer edge of the ovaries
- Low levels of the hormone progesterone
Medical professionals are still uncertain as to what the causes of PCOS are, but the condition is most likely genetic, passed down from mother to daughter.
Signs of PCOS
The most common sign of PCOS in very young women is an infrequent menstrual period, or no period whatsoever. This can begin at the onset of puberty if a girl experiences one or two regular cycles, and then her periods go away entirely. The periods may return, but they will fluctuate between very light to extremely heavy. They may also last longer than 35 days or disappear completely for four or more months.
Adult women suffering from PCOS may discover their condition when they find that they are unable to get pregnant. This is usually coupled with excessive weight gain. The reason for fertility problems is due to the fact that increased levels of male hormones make it difficult for the ovaries to release eggs.
PCOS Diagnosis and Treatment
When diagnosing PCOS doctors look for two of the three main symptoms:
- Abnormal menstruations
- Unwanted body and facial hair, or a loss of scalp hair due to an excess of male hormones
- Multiple cysts on the ovaries
- Low progesterone levels
Your doctor may perform a visual pelvic exam, a blood test to check your hormone levels, and a vaginal ultrasound to seek out cysts on the ovaries.
An effective way to treat PCOS is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Also referred to as BHRT, this treatment can help with PCOS by restoring your body's progesterone levels.
With balanced hormone levels, your body will return to its natural state and cease over-production of male hormones. BHRT is safe and natural, as it doesn't use synthetic hormones.
Get Help Now
PCOS represents a major issue in women's health and wellness. An increase in male hormones can make your life extremely difficult. If you think may be suffering from PCOS, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be the answer. To get started, please call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
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