What causes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a condition that produces unwanted weight gain, insulin resistance, infertility, and masculinizing features such as facial hair growth. This syndrome does have different expressions depending on the type and individual.  PCOS is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic predisposing factors, inflammatory and hormonal disfunction, insulin resistance, and weight gain.

What problems can PCOS cause?

Unfortunately, due to the resulting hormonal dysfunction the weight gain and insulin resistance leading to PCOS in turn often feed forward to produce further weight gain and insulin resistance which accelerates the symptoms of the syndrome.

In Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, normal female hormones such as estrogen are often converted, in fat cells, to the masculine hormone testosterone. PCOS is a called a syndrome because there are potential complex metabolic consequences  including Hyperlipidemia, Morbid Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. 

What is the best treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

The best treatments for PCOS must also effectively treat root causes of this syndrome. This includes drugs to treat insulin resistance such as Metformin. Other hormonal medications (eg. Clomid) can be used to stimulate a return to ovulation and menstrual cycles. However, the most effective treatment centers on breaking the feed forward cycle of weight gain and hormonal dysregulation that is driving further weight gain and resulting metabolic dysfunction. Additionally diets high in fiber, low in fat, low in animal protein, high in soy, and low in AGEs may improve PCOS.

At LiveNew, not only do our Endocrinologists skillfully use medical treatments to restore more normal hormonal cycles, but they also work closely with a team of weight loss specialists using comprehensive lifestyle modification, medical weight loss, and bariatric surgery to give you the complete PCOS treatment that you deserve. Your team will gladly partner with your OBGYN or fertility specialist to ensure that your PCOS treatments will align well with overall health, improved fertility, and family planning.

How can I get pregnant if I have PCOS?

If you are dreaming of being able to experience a healthy pregnancy, losing your unhealthy weight, and reversing your PCOS, see us at LiveNew today! 

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