Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an ovulation disorder affecting up to 10% of reproductive-aged women. The syndrome is hallmarked by disordered or lack of ovulation, elevated male hormones (androgens), and/or polycystic appearing ovaries on ultrasound. Women with PCOS may experience irregular or absent menses, excess facial and body hair growth, hair loss, acne, skin discoloration, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and/or elevated cholesterol. The disorder is complex with ramifications beyond those of reproductive health and infertility and must be approached carefully.
Making the correct diagnosis of PCOS is essential since there are multiple syndromes with similar signs and symptoms which can mimic the disorder but require different treatments. Therefore, PCOS can only be ruled-in after a comprehensive work-up has ruled-out other disease entities.
Once the diagnosis is established a unique treatment protocol is designed for each patient based on her signs and symptoms. Patients experiencing infertility often undergo ovulation induction. Ovulation induction may be achieved with various orally ingested medications (Clomiphene citrate, Tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, Metformin...) or, if needed, injectable hormones, with excellent results. In patients not seeking to conceive, various other treatments are available which may alleviate symptoms and simultaneously reduce the risk of developing future systemic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease.
Doctor Mor has researched PCOS extensively throughout the years and is dedicated to providing excellence in cutting-edge care to women with the disorder.