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Prioritize your well-being with our PCOS Service at Women's Healthcare. Under the expert guidance of gynecologist Mr. N. Agarwal in London, receive personalized care and support tailored for managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Take a proactive step towards better health – connect with us today for expert guidance and compassionate care.
What Is PCOS?
A hormonal condition, PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is a common condition among women and its three primary features are:
- Irregular Periods.
Symptoms of PCOS
Mentioned below is the PCOS Symptoms checklist as well as the common signs of PCOS you need to look out for:
- Weight Gain (low metabolic rate).
- Oily Skin and Acne.
- Reduced Fertility.
- Excessive Facial and Body Hair.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Thinning Hair or Hair Loss.
- Heavy Bleeding and Infertility.
These signs and symptoms might be due to other medical condition. Thus, it is important to see a doctor, to identify whether or not you are suffering from PCOS. Also, early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms, thus preventing long-term problems like diabetes, heart diseases etc. And to this end, we recommend that all women undergo regular well woman health screening and sexual health check up.
How Can We Help?
As a private gynaecologist in London, Mr N. Agarwal offers the below tests and examinations that help in PCOS diagnosis;
- Thyroid, Prolactin, and Testosterone Test.
- Pelvic Ultrasound Scan.
- Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) test, Luteinizing Hormone (LH), DHEAs, and HbA1C Test.
How Is PCOS Treated?
Frankly, there is no cure for PCOS, but symptoms can be treated specifically based on their severity. The best PCOS treatment, however, is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, eat healthily and go for regular pelvic examinations.
As rapid weight gain is one of the prominent side effects of PCOS, weight loss efforts can help you control PCOS. To manage a healthy body weight, you need to know what is a healthy body weight for you. You can do so by calculating your BMI (Body weight divided by Height). A healthy BMI ranges between 18.5 and 24.9.
Medication For PCOS
Medications are available for treating various symptoms of PCOS. Here are some of them:
- Irregular Or Absent Periods: If you are facing irregular and absent periods, your gynaecologist might suggest using a contraceptive pill. This also reduces the risks of cancer of the womb lining.
- Weight Gain: Orlistat and cholesterol-lowering medicines are some of the most common medications for controlling excessive weight gain.
- Semi-Fertility Or Infertility: If you are facing fertility problems, your doctor might suggest Clomifene, which promotes a regular release of eggs. Metformin is another medication which manages type 2 diabetes and also reduces the risk of miscarriage.
Treatment Options For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- IVF treatment: If you are trying to get pregnant and medications are not helping, IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment might be offered. Under IVF treatment, the eggs are taken out of the womb, fertilised and then placed back in the womb. A side effect of IVF treatment is that it can increase the chances of twin and triplet pregnancy.
- Surgery: If you are facing severe PCOS-related issues, which cannot be treated through medication, surgery might be your only option. Laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) is a minor procedure which is done under general anaesthesia. The doctor makes a micro-incision on your belly and passes a microscope called a laparoscope through your belly. The doctor proceeded to destroy male hormone production tissues using heat and laser. This can restore the normal function of your ovaries and lower levels of testosterone and luteinising hormone.