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Polycystic Ovary System Specialist

Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist

Maryam Zamanian, MD

Endocrinologist located in Plano, TX

Dr. Maryam Zamanian is an internal medicine doctor serving Plano, TX and Dallas, TX patients. As a female specialist who is double-certified in endocrinology and diabetes, Dr. Zamanian deals directly with patients who are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and how do I know if I have this condition?

Polycystic ovary syndrome also referred to as PCOS, is a disorder of the endocrine system. When a woman begins to enter her reproductive years, she may start to show symptoms of PCOS. Typical symptoms frequently experienced by polycystic ovary syndrome patients include obesity, excessive hair growth throughout the body and face, and an irregular menstrual cycle. Pain in the uterine area is another major issue for women who have PCOS. The excess hair growth is an extra amount of androgen, which are male hormones, which are released into the body. This can also result in male-pattern baldness for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. This excessive androgen will also cause the individual to be infertile.

What are the treatment options for PCOS?

Thankfully modern medicine is working to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. The foremost treatment for PCOS is a lifestyle change. A diet that is low in calories, coupled with moderate exercise, will help the woman to lose weight. A modest weight loss of five percent of one’s body weight can help to reduce the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. As for prescribing medicine for PCOS, doctors may recommend birth control pills to help regulate the menstrual cycle. While this will also prevent a woman from getting pregnant, it can help to correct the course of the menstrual cycle for future fertility. For women hoping to become pregnant, ovulation medications may be prescribed. Women suffering from increased hair growth can be treated with medication as well, so to decrease androgen production.

Are there medical concerns for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome besides infertility and excessive hair growth?

Yes. Women who have PCOS may be more likely to have sleep apnea, depression, abnormal uterine bleeding, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and several other serious health conditions. That is why it’s important to seek a medical diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome, along with proper medical treatment.

 

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