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PCOS

This information is about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common endocrine disorder affecting individuals of reproductive age. Our objective is to provide clear and concise guidance to aid in understanding the complexities of PCOS, identifying contributing factors to its manifestation, and exploring effective strategies for managing symptoms and promoting overall health and well-being.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterised by hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, and the presence of small cysts on the ovaries. 

Some people experience difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

Symptoms: 

Symptoms of PCOS can vary, but common signs include: 

  • Irregular periods or no periods at all 

  • Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, or back (hirsutism) 

  • Acne or oily skin 

  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight 

  • Thinning hair or hair loss from the scalp 

  • Difficulty getting pregnant (infertility) 

Causes:

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, and inflammation also play a role in the development of PCOS. 

Diagnosis:

Diagnosing PCOS typically involves: 

  • Medical history: Discussion of symptoms, menstrual patterns, and family history. 

  • Physical examination: Evaluation of signs such as excessive hair growth or acne. 

  • Blood tests: Checking hormone levelsPelvic ultrasound: Imaging of the ovaries to look for cysts or other abnormalities. 

Treatment & Medications: 

Treatment for PCOS aims to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Options may include: 

  • Lifestyle modifications: Healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management to improve insulin sensitivity and hormone balance. 

  • Medications: Birth control pills to regulate menstrual cycles, anti-androgen medications to reduce hair growth and acne, and medications to manage insulin resistance. 

  • Fertility treatments: For women trying to conceive, ovulation induction medications or assisted reproductive technologies may be recommended. 

Prognosis: 

With proper management and treatment, many women with PCOS can successfully manage their symptoms and lead healthy lives. However, PCOS may increase the risk of other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, or loss of bone density, so ongoing monitoring and care are important. 

How Bondi Road Doctors Can Help: 

At Bondi Road Doctors, we offer comprehensive care and support for women with PCOS. Our experienced healthcare providers can diagnose PCOS, develop personalized treatment plans, and provide ongoing management to help you manage your symptoms and optimize your health. 

Whether you need guidance on managing your symptoms, assistance with fertility issues, or support for long-term health, we're here to help.  

To let us help you take control of your PCOS and optimise your health and well-being, and ensure you receive the best care for PCOS, our experienced doctors are available for appointments. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition: 

Dr. Belinda Watson - Book Now 

DR Catherine Insley - Book Now

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