Dr. Jessup encounters Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) on a daily basis in her practice. Women seek her help for symptoms falling into three categories. Firstly, some experience irregular periods or a complete absence of menstruation, causing concern and prompting them to seek answers.
The second group has symptoms of high androgens, such as acne or excess hair growth, which are associated with PCOS. The third group consists of women who are struggling to conceive due to highly irregular or nonexistent menstrual cycles associated with polycystic ovaries. Treatment for PCOS varies depending on individual circumstances but aims to restore hormonal balance and address long-term effects like high blood pressure and diabetes.
PCOS does not rule out the possibility of natural conception, but medication may be needed to restore regular monthly cycles. Additionally, maintaining a normal weight range assists in the return of natural menstrual cycles.