PCOS

Deer Valley OB/GYN

Victor Kissil, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Phoenix, AZ

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 6-12% of American women live with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you’re experiencing troubling symptoms, Victor Kissil, DO, of Deer Valley OB/GYN in Phoenix, offers thorough diagnostics and customized treatment plans. Schedule an appointment today to get started. Online scheduling allows you to set up your visit any time of day or night, or you can always call or stop by the office to check availability.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a chronic health condition and the leading cause of infertility in women. It’s a hormonal condition that often goes undiagnosed. For many women, infertility struggles are what leads to a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Your body produces a range of hormones, some of which regulate your menstrual cycle and affect fertility. The hormones associated with PCOS include insulin, androgens, and progesterone. If these hormones are out of balance, you may experience symptoms of PCOS.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Many PCOS symptoms are common, and you may just think they are a normal part of your life. Others are more troubling and might bring you to a women’s health specialist for a diagnostic exam. You can have many symptoms, or just a few, and your symptoms might remain relatively manageable most of the time with only occasional flare-ups.

Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Hair loss
  • Hair growth in unusual places, like your face, hands, toes, breasts, or stomach
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Oily skin and/or acne
  • Persistent fatigue or sleep apnea
  • Headaches
  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility

If these symptoms sound familiar, book an appointment with Dr. Kissil for a thorough diagnostic exam. Treating PCOS is important, as the condition increases your risk of developing diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and heart disease, all of which are life-threatening.

What are my treatment options for PCOS?

One way to manage PCOS is through hormonal birth control. Methods such as pills, patches, shots, or rings can restore hormonal balance and decrease many troubling symptoms. Some women respond well to medication that lowers insulin levels. There are also options to adjust androgens and progestin.

Lifestyle modifications are a powerful weapon in the fight against PCOS. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a great place to start, and incorporating healthy activity levels and an improved diet go a long way toward helping you feel better.

If you’re encountering fertility struggles, there are treatments that can help you achieve your goals of motherhood. Dr. Kissil works with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your specific set of needs.

Schedule your appointment today, either by phone or online, to get started.