Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone problem for women, and more women suffer from it than many people realize. Up to 10% of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS, and this condition can, in turn, affect their menstrual cycles, fertility, diets, skin, and overall health and well-being.
Luckily, there are ways to manage PCOS symptoms, and Dr. Philip Rabito, MD, is ready and willing to help women all across New York state get their PCOS under control. With over 20 years of experience in endocrinology, Dr. Rabito prioritizes high-quality treatment personalized to each patient’s body, needs, and hormones.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects many women of childbearing age. Mostly affecting adult women up to the age of 44, PCOS can also develop in teenage girls at any age after puberty. This health condition is typically caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones in women and leads to high levels of androgens, cysts on the ovaries, and the inability to ovulate regularly. PCOS symptoms can cause a great deal of stress to many women, affecting not only their health and physical appearance but also their everyday lives.
What Are PCOS Symptoms?
While many PCOS symptoms may look like your average health condition, such as tiredness or acne, each symptom combined with another may be a telling sign that you are suffering from PCOS. PCOS may be diagnosed if you experience two or more symptoms at the same time. These symptoms can include:
- Irregular or very light periods
- Enlarged ovaries
- Frequent cysts on the ovaries
- Excess body hair on the stomach, back, or chest
- Weight gain, especially in the abdomen, or bloating in the belly
- Acne that seems unresponsive to most acne treatments
- Thinning hair
What Causes PCOS?
While the exact cause of PCOS is still unknown, it is generally understood that genetics combined with a woman’s environmental factors may play a possibility in causing this hormonal imbalance.
Women who suffer from PCOS typically have insulin resistance. When too much insulin builds up in the body, this causes androgen levels to rise, leading to weight gain, hair growth, and other symptoms.
How Can An Endocrinologist Help Patients with PCOS?
Because of their expertise and experience with treating hormonal disorders, endocrinologists can play a vital role in helping get your PCOS symptoms under control. By assessing your symptoms, diagnosing your condition, and taking into account your personal health, endocrinologists can provide the right kinds of treatment to help manage your PCOS symptoms. These treatments can include birth control to regularize periods, medications to prevent diabetes and balance insulin levels, hormones to increase fertility, and treatments that can help with excessive hair growth and hair thinning.
What Should I Ask My Endocrinologist About?
When consulting with Dr. Rabito for the first time, many patients with PCOS can learn the most about their condition and potential treatment by asking the following questions:
- Am I at risk for diabetes?
- What is your treatment plan for my PCOS?
- How are my cholesterol levels?
- What can I do at home to manage my symptoms?
- What are my chances of becoming pregnant?
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re tired of wondering why your cycles aren’t regular or why you can’t find a solution to eliminating acne, or are suffering from any of the above symptoms, it’s time to determine whether or not you may be suffering from PCOS. Once women find out their condition, most are relieved to find out there are ways to manage their symptoms to achieve a much more calm, manageable lifestyle. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Rabito, click here or call 877.703.3775 to reach our office in New York, located just steps away from the 77th Street subway stop on the 6 line.