PCOS

PCOS Specialist
If you’ve lost hope that you’ll ever have a baby because you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), contact Fertility & Generics in Plantation, Florida, for treatment options that can restore your dream. Led by nationally acclaimed endocrinologist Dr. Mick Abaé, this group of talented fertility specialists uses the most advanced treatment options to overcome the challenges of PCOS. Serving the residents of South Florida, including the communities of Broward County, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach, the highly skilled professionals at Fertility & Genetics do their utmost to keep costs down without sacrificing quality of care.

PCOS Q & A

Fertility and Genetics

What is PCOS?

PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalances that prevent ovulation. Normally, the body produces hormones that signal your ovary to mature an egg for fertilization by a sperm. If you have PCOS, your body produces too much of some hormones and not enough of others. Rather than a single ovarian follicle developing and releasing a mature egg each cycle, multiple ovarian cysts form but do not release any eggs.

What are the Symptoms of PCOS?

Symptoms of PCOS can begin shortly after the onset of puberty, but may also develop during the later teen years and early adulthood. The symptoms of PCOS may go undiagnosed for some time. Many women don’t realize they have PCOS until they see a doctor due to difficulty getting pregnant.

Some common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage, occurring in about 50% of women with PCOS
  • Increased fatigue, low energy, and poor sleep
  • Excess hair growth that may occur on the face, back, arms, chest, toes, thumbs, and abdomen
  • Hair loss on the head that may increase in middle age
  • Acne related to hormonal changes
  • Headaches resulting from hormonal changes
  • Pain in the pelvic area and heavy bleeding during periods

PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility, but each woman with PCOS is unique. While some women are still able to conceive naturally, others may need the assistance of fertility treatments.

How is PCOS Diagnosed?

There is no single way to diagnose PCOS, but Dr. Abaé may use the following tests along with your symptoms and medical history to make the diagnosis.

  • Pelvic exam
  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Pelvic ultrasound

What is the Treatment for PCOS and Infertility?

While polycystic ovarian syndrome cannot be cured, its effects can be minimized with long-term treatment. Obesity can have a great effect on PCOS. Nutritional changes and weight loss can often correct the body’s hormone levels and help restore the natural functioning of the ovaries.

Your fertility specialist may also recommend treatment with medications, namely Metformin, Clomid, or gonadotropins. If you don’t respond to these treatments, Dr. Abaé may recommend in vitro fertilization to achieve pregnancy.

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