Alla Khalfin, DO
Endocrinologists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Long Island, Syosset, NY
If your periods have become irregular, you noticed excessive facial hair or you experience difficulties getting pregnant, you may have a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Alla Khalfin has extensive experience in diagnosing hormone-related disorders at her Syosset, New York, medical practice. If you're worried about your reproductive health, you can count on her for a comprehensive treatment plan that alleviates PCOS and its symptoms. Schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Khalfin’s office to learn more about PCOS treatments.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health problem affecting women.
With PCOS, an imbalance in female reproductive hormones causes issues in your ovaries. As a result, when they release an egg during your menstrual cycle, it may not be fully developed. In some cases of PCOS, the ovaries don’t release the egg as it should.
The exact cause of PCOS is not known, but your family history and genetics can increase your risk for PCOS. If you have high levels of androgens, you may be at higher risk for developing PCOS.
Women of childbearing age are at highest risk for developing the condition. You may also be at increased risk for PCOS if you are obese.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS can result in irregular periods, which can lead to the growth of ovarian cysts or fertility issues.
Other symptoms of PCOS may include:
- Thinning hair
- Weight gain
- Skin darkening
- Growth of skin tags
- Excessive hair growth on the face or chin
In some cases, if you have PCOS, you may also have symptoms that mimic metabolic syndrome, such as obesity and insulin resistance. These symptoms can indicate an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and endometrial cancer.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
Dr. Khalfin performs a physical exam to rule out underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms, including thyroid disorders.
She also performs a pelvic exam to evaluate the health of your ovaries. She may also request an ultrasound to take a closer look at your ovaries.
If Dr. Khalfin suspects you have PCOS, she may suggest blood work to check your hormone levels.
What treatments are available for PCOS?
There is no cure for PCOS. Dr. Khalfin evaluates your symptoms and creates a treatment plan to manage them effectively.
In many cases, the initial treatment for PCOS symptoms includes lifestyle changes to improve your diet and help you maintain a healthy weight. If excessive hair growth embarrasses you, Dr. Khalfin may recommend hair removal creams, medications or laser treatments.
If symptoms of PCOS are interfering with your life, Dr. Khalfin may prescribe medications like hormonal birth control or anti-androgen medicines to alleviate symptoms and restore hormonal balance.
To learn more about PCOS treatments, book an appointment online or call the office.
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