Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Get a personalized plan for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and keep unsightly and painful symptoms in check.

About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):

Polycystic ovary syndrome, commonly called PCOS, is a complex hormonal condition developed by the imbalance of hormones produced in the ovaries. As a result, the ovaries develop several tiny follicles that interfere with normal reproduction. When a woman’s body releases excess levels of androgens (male hormones), it affects several aspects of a woman’s health and causes several unsightly and discomforting symptoms, such as ovarian cysts, irregular periods, obesity, and abnormal facial hair growth.

To effectively manage the symptoms of PCOS, our team of doctors follows a multi-disciplinary approach who work in close coordination with each other to determine a 360-degree treatment plan for each patient.

About Endocrinologists

Endocrinologists are medical professionals who specialize in hormonal disorders. At American Hospital Dubai, they collaborate with gynecologists, dermatologists, and nutritionists to effectively address painful symptoms of PCOS and prevent potential complications.

Causes of PCOS:

The exact cause of PCOS might not be known, but several determinants are thought to contribute to the excessive production of androgens and to the development of PCOS eventually. These include:

  • Family history of hormonal imbalances
  • Environmental factors, such as diet
  • Insulin-resistance
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity

Symptoms:

Some women start noticing symptoms around the time of their first menstrual period during puberty. Others find out that they have PCOS only when they’ve gained a substantial amount of weight. Listed below are the most common symptoms that almost every patient with PCOS reports:

  • Irregular periods, prolonged or no menstrual cycles, heavy bleeding, etc.
  • Abnormal hair growth (on face, neck, chest, and abdomen)
  • Acne and oily skin
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Reduced frequency or complete lack of ovulation

PCOS symptoms become more severe with obesity. If you think you may be experiencing at least two of the above-listed symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for timely diagnosis and treatment.

Untreated PCOS:

If PCOS is left undiagnosed or untreated, the ovaries might fail to function regularly, while the growth, quantity, and release of eggs may severely be affected. Also, most women with PCOS and obesity experience insulin resistance, and they are unable to use the insulin that regulates blood sugar. This increases their chances of developing type-II diabetes.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:

A doctor may diagnose PCOS through a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and an ultrasound of the ovaries. Typically, a blood test is also prescribed to check the levels of various hormones.

To manage PCOS symptoms, the first-line treatment involves lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and physical activities. Lifestyle changes help reduce the weight that helps in improving insulin resistance and decreasing the risk of developing further complications.

If dietary changes and exercise fail to manage polycystic ovary syndrome then the medication is prescribed to improve the condition and optimize a woman’s chances of conceiving a baby.

Schedule an Appointment:

If you have concerns about irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and other signs of PCOS, schedule a consultation with our Gynecology Specialists at American Hospital Dubai.

Doctors Panel of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Tamara Aladhami

Consultant - Chief of Obsetrics & Gynecology

Arabic, English

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