Blossom Women's Health Center
Women's Health Specialists located in Alpharetta, GA
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one out of every 10 American women of childbearing age is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome or known as PCOS. Diagnostic and treatment services are available from Laquita Martinez, MD, FACOG, at Blossom Women’s Health Center in Alpharetta, Georgia. If you notice troubling gynecologic symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez to determine the best course of action. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to contact the office by phone to book your visit.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal disorder that affects women during their childbearing years. Early diagnosis and treatment can relieve symptoms and reduce your risk of long-term complications.
The most common symptom of PCOS is lack of periods for several months. Some women may experience weight gain, hair growth acne, and infertility.
Why seek treatment for PCOS?
Treatment for PCOS can help regulate your menstrual cycle. There are other reasons to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. Left untreated, PCOS can lead to serious complications, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Metabolic syndrome
- Diabetes or type 2 diabetes
- Uterine cancer
- Liver inflammation
You know your body better than anyone else. If you feel that something is simply not right, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez for a thorough diagnostic work-up. She can also complete an infertility evaluation if you’re thinking of getting pregnant.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There is no single test to gather a definitive diagnosis of PCOS. The process begins with a discussion with Dr. Martinez about your symptoms and your menstruation history.
A physical exam follows, giving Dr. Martinez a chance to check for signs of abnormal hair growth, acne, or insulin resistance. A pelvic exam checks for abnormal masses or growths.
Blood testing can check your hormone levels for an imbalance, measure your glucose tolerance, and fasting cholesterol and triglyceride levels. An ultrasound uses sound waves to create a representation of your ovaries and uterine lining.
How is PCOS treated?
Dr. Martinez can treat your PCOS in several ways, and your treatment path might include a combination of methods. Birth control can play a role in your treatment by regulating your hormone levels. Other medications work to stimulate your ovaries, control hormone levels, and alter how your body uses Insulin.
Lifestyle modification also is a powerful treatment option. Limiting carbohydrates, maintaining a healthy weight and increasing your physical activity can all help regulate insulin levels.
If you’re searching for answers for gynecologic symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez right away, either online or by phone.