Dr E Peter Anzaldo, MD
ObGyn & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist located in Orange, CA
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common cause of fertility problems among women, and it causes other symptoms as well. Although there’s no cure for PCOS, it can be managed with regular medical care. Dr E Peter Anzaldo, a top-rated ObGyn, has extensive experience in diagnosing PCOS and managing its symptoms in women from throughout the Orange, California, region. At his state-of-the-art practice, he offers patient-centered care to treat specific symptoms so women can receive the treatment that’s most effective for their needs. To schedule a consultation call our office at 714-997-7140.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is an abbreviation for polycystic ovary syndrome, a chronic condition that causes small, fluid-filled sacs or cysts to form in and around the ovaries. These sacs prevent the eggs from being released. PCOS is associated with an excess of androgens, so-called “male” hormones like testosterone. All women have some testosterone, but PCOS causes levels to be elevated.
What causes PCOS?
Although the specific cause of PCOS isn’t known, researchers know it occurs more commonly among women with a family history of the disease, as well as women with a personal or family history of diabetes. Women who have irregular periods are also more likely to develop PCOS, and long-term use of some types of anti-seizure medications can also increase the chances you’ll develop PCOS.
What symptoms are associated with PCOS?
Women who have PCOS often have symptoms like:
- Severe acne or facial hair growth
- Weight gain
- Irregular or absent periods
- Mood shifts or depression
- Fertility problems
Women who have PCOS also may have an elevated risk for heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.
How can Dr. Anzaldo tell if I have PCOS?
The diagnosis of PCOS begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history to look for risk factors for the disease. Dr. Anzaldo may order an ultrasound to obtain detailed images of your ovaries, looking for cysts and other structural issues. Blood tests also will be performed to assess the levels of specific hormones in your blood and to determine if you have a condition called insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
How is PCOS treated?
PCOS can’t be cured, but there are several treatments that can help relieve and control the symptoms it may cause. Some women can reduce their symptoms solely with lifestyle changes, like:
- Losing excess weight
- Eating a healthy diet
- Being more physically active
But most women need medication in addition to those lifestyle changes. Medical therapy uses hormones to regulate and “rebalance” your hormones so the symptoms associated with elevations in androgens can be relieved. Hormone therapy can also be used to improve a woman’s chances of conceiving.
If you have abnormal facial hair, you might also benefit from laser hair removal, which can now be treated in office with our state of the art Cynosure lasers. Finally, Dr E Peter Anzaldo may recommend that you have health screenings for heart disease and diabetes as well. Once PCOS is diagnosed, Dr E Peter Anzaldo will be able to recommend the ideal treatment for your symptoms and your health.
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