PCOS is an endocrine disorder affecting 5-10% of pre-menopausal women today.
Yes. In fact, irregular periods are among the most common symptoms of PCOS. However, there are many other possible causes of irregular periods so it's important to discuss all symptoms with Dr. Capalbo for an accurate diagnosis.
In addition to erratic menstrual cycles, women with PCOS may have unusually long periods, acne breakouts, hair thinning or hair loss, and weight gain. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. To diagnose PCOS, Dr. Capalbo will consider the patient's symptoms and then perform blood tests to confirm her preliminary diagnosis. Blood will be tested for the presence of a range of hormones made by the ovaries and the adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid glands. Typically, screenings will also include measuring levels of: cholesterol, triglyceride, insulin, and glucose screenings, to help confirm a PCOS diagnosis.
The cause of PCOS isn't known at this time, therefore it's not entirely possible to determine who is susceptible to this condition. For many people, PCOS appears to have a hereditary connection. Women who have hormonal imbalances, particularly excess androgens, appear to have increased risk for PCOS.
The treatment for PCOS is customized based on the patient's symptoms and needs. Dr. Capalbo works with each woman to learn her main issues and then help her achieve relief in a healthy way. For example, a PCOS patient who is overweight may be primarily concerned with the impact that the extra weight has on her life. In this case, weight loss may not only help the patient feel better about herself, it may also help control some of the symptoms of PCOS. Regulation of menstrual cycles is a major concern for many women with PCOS, as well. Oral contraceptives can be very helpful in this. Other medications can be prescribed for PCOS sufferers who have additional health concerns. For example, metformin may help regulate insulin, blood sugar, and androgen levels.
At Dr. Capalbo's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Trish if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
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