PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, an endocrine disorder that has gynaecological implications. Our endocrine system sends out signals (hormones) that impact on ovarian function and that is why PCOS can cause acne, enlarged ‘polycystic’ ovaries, irregular periods or hirsutism. A gynaecology consultation at woom in West Perth will help you with the diagnosis and/or the management of PCOS.
When all goes well in your body, your glands produce hormones to communicate with organs. That is why we sometimes call our endocrine system our ‘hormone system’. If something is off, it could mean that your ovulation is disturbed, or that the normal growth and release of eggs is disrupted. That is when you can be diagnosed with PCOS, which in its turn affects your likelihood to conceive.
You may find that the diagnosis in itself is a difficult process and that there is no simple test to get that clarity. That is because the list of symptoms is rather long and you could be diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome without having all of these symptoms.
Two people with PCOS may present with different symptoms and they depend on how severe your condition is. Some of the common symptoms are:
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Polycystic ovarian syndrome is commonly seen in women during their reproductive years. It starts with a dysfunction in the endocrine system and that causes a hormone imbalance. One of the consequences is the presence of cysts in your ovaries: these are actually the follicles that contain eggs and the high number of these causes enlargement of the ovaries.
But if the irregularity of your cycle is your primary concern, we may prescribe oral contraceptives to manage your cycles. These drugs also help reduce excess body hair growth and they reduce the risks of uterine cancer.
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At Woom we take a holistic approach to women’s health. The gynaecologist helps you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, the dietitian may assist with a suitable diet to reduce symptoms and to reduce the impact of your hormone imbalance.
Our patients benefit from the fact that we bring together evidence-based expertise and a holistic take on women’s health and lifestyle. That is why you will see our consultants and specialists in a welcoming, safe environment to talk about all aspects of your PCOS management.
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Common treatment options include injections to assist with the release of an egg (ovulation induction). Other medications focus on improving your chances of success when you are trying to fall pregnant. In some rare cases, you may hear about laparoscopic ovarian drilling, a surgical treatment that can trigger ovulation with a laser.
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