PCOS Perth

Polycystic
Ovarian
Syndrome

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.

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PCOS perth
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PCOS Perth

What is 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.

PCOS perth
PCOS perth

Gynaecologist Perth

PCOS 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:

I am here to listen to your story and to make sure we create as much clarity as possible. Because the symptoms are so varied, it takes the experience of a gynaecologist with a particular interest in polycystic ovarian syndrome and fertility, to help you assess your situation.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist Perth

At Woom, we build on our experience in gynaecology, fertility and our multidisciplinary experience in women’s health. We take the time to discuss your symptoms and we are here to help if you are diagnosed with PCOS. From gynaecology services to women’s health physio, through to diet advice and counselling: At Woom we have your back for all things women’s health.

Perth gynaecologist for PCOS

PCOS diagnosis, management
& treatment

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.

If your first concern is not related to fertility, then I will not focus on the pattern or the absence of ovulation. Instead, I will suggest hormone therapy to manage symptoms such as hair growth or acne.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist Perth

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.

The way you experience PCOS symptoms is unique and so is your reaction to the experience. Here at Woom, our multidisciplinary team of women’s health professionals looks at your unique situation. As your gynaecologist, I work with our psychologist and dietitian to help you in the best possible way.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist Perth

When we help you manage your PCOS, we will focus on your lifestyle. Changing your diet and your level of exercise often helps improve your insulin resistance. It means that we also work to avoid type 2 diabetes and heart disease because those conditions can occur as a consequence of long term unmanaged symptoms. When we help you make changes to your lifestyle, we also look at lack of sleep, your overall stress levels or your smoking habits. If your symptoms lead to obesity or diabetes mellitus, then we can help you with anti-diabetic medication and advice to change your diet and lifestyle.

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PCOS and the woom approach

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.

Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist Perth

Can I fall pregnant when I have PCOS ?
When our fertility specialist works with you to investigate your sub-fertility or infertility, the first step includes looking at your lifestyle. If your main focus is to manage PCOS when you want to fall pregnant, then you are in good hands at Woom.
PCOS perth
PCOS perth

Our management of PCOS as a gynaecologist builds on our daily work in fertility testing and fertility treatment. When we have optimised your diet and set up a plan for weight management, the next step is to look at other medical and surgical options to manage your PCOS.

Dr Tamara Hunter - WOOM
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist

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.

 

For more information, please visit the Jean Hailes website.

PCOS specialist in Perth

Experts
at woom available to help me

Shital Julania
Dr Shital Julania

Gynaecologist

Tamara Hunter
Dr Tamara Hunter

Gynaecologist and CREI-certified fertility specialist

Nick Nation - WOOM
Nick Nation

Accredited Dietitian

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