PCOS

PCOS Specialist
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) leaves you with unbearable cramps. While it’s certainly painful, PCOS can also be a major concern for your fertility. Before living another day with PCOS, make an appointment at the office of Mikeal Love, MD in Austin, Texas. OB/GYN Mikeal Love, helps you find just the right treatment for your ovarian cysts and related symptoms. You can book your appointments online or call the office to get started on your PCOS treatment plan.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Q & A

by Mikeal Love, MD

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

When you have PCOS, your ovaries regularly grow small cysts. The cysts themselves aren’t harmful — unless they grow abnormally large — but they can lead to imbalances in your hormones.

Such imbalances often result in weight gain and increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Hormone imbalances from PCOS can even impair your chances of getting pregnant.

Will I know if I have PCOS?

Possibly. Some women don’t experience pain with cysts or have any noticeable side effects. In other cases, you become so accustomed to pain and physical issues, that you consider it “normal.” Either way, you should be aware of the warning signs of PCOS, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Acne, even as an adult
  • Facial hair growth
  • Thinning hair
  • Excessive body hair
  • Infertility
  • Lower abdominal pain

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) treated?

Your polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment plan depends on your situation, but you might need to try several different options. For instance, if you’re overweight, losing as much as 10 pounds can start balancing your hormone levels. Dr. Love lets you know if weight loss can help and how to do it healthily.

Some other parts of your treatment plan can include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting more physical activity
  • Improving your diet
  • Natural family planning

Do I need surgery to remove an ovarian cyst?

Probably not. In most cases, women don’t even know they have cysts. Other times, cyst pain feels just like typical menstrual cramps, so you don’t think twice about it.

Ovarian cysts tend to disappear on their own when you go through your menstrual cycle. But, if they stick around and continue to grow, you could experience problems. Larger ovarian cysts start pushing up against neighboring organs and can even twist your fallopian tube if left untreated.

Dr. Love performs ovarian cyst removal surgery through a laparoscopic procedure. By making only a few small incisions, he can get a close look at the cyst and remove it.

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