Our fertility clinic helps women overcome polycystic ovary syndrome
Our Tennessee fertility clinic helps women determine whether they have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). After making a diagnosis, our doctors also help patients determine how to cope with the condition’s symptoms and conceive. This condition causes an imbalance in reproductive hormones. Women with this metabolic disorder either stop ovulating or ovulate infrequently, which can make it difficult to become pregnant.
Studies suggest a connection between PCOS and insulin resistance. This resistance can cause an increase in male-type hormone levels. These higher hormone levels then prevent the full maturation of a woman’s egg follicle and ovulation.
Polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms and diagnosis
Understanding the common symptoms of PCOS is important because this knowledge can help ensure women receive a prompt diagnosis. The right diagnosis can result in high-quality care that can lessen a woman’s symptoms and help her conceive when she’s ready to start a family. Various symptoms can be signs of this metabolic disorder.
- Irregular periods
- Ovarian cysts
- Difficulty conceiving
- High levels of androgens and insulin
- Weight gain
- Facial hair
- High blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol
Our Tennessee fertility clinic team recommends women receive an evaluation by a fertility specialist if they suspect they have this condition. An evaluation typically involves an assessment of a woman’s medical history, a pelvic exam, bloodwork and ultrasound.
An ultrasound can be especially helpful in diagnosing polycystic ovary syndrome. This exam can allow doctors to see multiple small ovarian follicles just beneath the surface of an ovary during an ultrasound.
PCOS treatment can help women fulfill the dream of parenthood
For women who are overweight, weight loss is one of the most effective ways to treat this disorder. Losing just 5% of body weight can often provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms. Women not trying to become pregnant can take hormonal birth control pills to manage the symptoms.
Those with polycystic ovary syndrome hoping to build a family can receive care from our Tennessee fertility clinic. The two most common treatments include ovulation induction medication like Clomid and IVF. These treatments help many women bypass the ovulation issues this metabolic disorder can cause.
We recommend women experiencing the symptoms of this metabolic disorder schedule a consultation at our clinic. This consult can lead to women receiving high-quality care that can result in the birth of a healthy baby. Contact us for more information about our fertility services.