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My goal is to provide convenient and compassionate gynecological care for women and teens. By spending the time to really get to know my patients, I hope to create a high quality physician-patient bond and maximize the level of care my patients receive.

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

 

PCOS is a relatively common condition that occurs in women who overproduce hormones called androgens, and it's one of the most common causes of infertility among women. Too much androgen causes tiny, fluid-filled cysts to form in the ovaries and prevents eggs from being released, making it difficult to become pregnant. PCOS can also cause other symptoms and side effects, including:

  • acne

  • missed or irregular periods

  • abnormal hair growth on the face or body

  • weight gain

  • depression or mood swings

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

What are the risk factors for PCOS?

The biggest risk factor for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome is heredity: If someone in your family has or has had polycystic ovarian syndrome, you have a higher chance of having it as well. Your risk can also be increased if your family members have a history of diabetes or irregular periods.

How is PCOS diagnosed and treated?

PCOS may be diagnosed through ultrasounds or lab tests like blood work to test for increased levels of specific hormones or insulin resistance, which often occurs in women with PCOS. Once PCOS is diagnosed, you may also be screened for diabetes, heart disease or uterine cancer. There is no single cure for PCOS, but diet, exercise and other healthy habits can help mitigate its symptoms and decrease the risk for significant health problems like heart disease and diabetes. In some women, especially those who are planning to become pregnant, hormone therapy can help regulate ovulation and menstruation. Dr. Goldberg will be able to provide you with a treatment approach that's best for your needs and your lifestyle.

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SHARON RENCUS

GOLDBERG, MD