Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, causes irregular menstrual periods. This is due to the fact that monthly ovulation is not occurring and levels of androgens (male hormones) are elevated. West London Gynaecology Clinic provides PCOS treatment in London to help you with this condition.
Although it is not completely reversible, PCOS treatment in London is available so symptoms can be reduced or minimised. Most women with PCOS are able to lead a normal life without significant complications.
PCOS Causes and Symptoms
The cause of PCOS is not completely understood but signs and symptoms usually begin around the time of puberty. However, some women do not develop symptoms until late adolescence or even into early adulthood. Hormonal changes vary from one woman to another so patients with PCOS may have acne, facial hair growth or scalp hair loss of varying severity. More information on causes and symptoms can be found here.
PCOS Treatment in London
There is no single test that can be used for diagnosis. You may be diagnosed with PCOS based upon your symptoms, blood tests, and a physical examination. All women who are diagnosed with PCOS should be monitored by a health care provider over time. Treatment helps manage and improve symptoms but are not in themselves ‘cures’ for PCOS.
Combined oral contraceptive pills are the most commonly used treatment for regulating menstrual periods in women with PCOS. They protect the woman from excessive thickening of the lining of the uterus or cancer by inducing a monthly menstrual period. In addition, they are effective in treating hirsutism and acne. Other prescription skin treatments or oral antibiotics may be recommended in some cases to treat acne.
Shaving or use of depilatories, electrolysis, or laser therapy can remove excess hair on the face or other parts of the body. In some situations, scalp hair loss can be treated with medications. Other options include hair replacement and wigs.
Weight loss is one of the most effective approaches for managing insulin abnormalities, irregular menstrual periods, and other symptoms of PCOS.
This is a medication that improves the effectiveness of insulin produced by the body. It was developed as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. However, it may be recommended for women with PCOS in selected situations.
Treatment of Infertility
If tests determine that lack of ovulation is the cause of infertility, several treatment options are available. These treatments work best in women who are not overweight.
To discuss any symptoms or concerns or to discuss PCOS treatment in London, please contact our team.