Typically, women don’t have dark, coarse facial hair, but if you do, and you also have irregular periods, you may have a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Experienced professionals Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn, offer diagnosis and treatment options for women from all around New York City. Call their Sheepshead Bay office for your appointment today for a consultation, or use the online booking feature.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing infrequent or prolonged periods as well as an excess amount of the hormone androgen in your system. Androgen is a male hormone that all women make. Excess androgen causes small fluid collections on the follicles of your ovaries.
Dr. Bekker and Dr. Akselrod understand the importance of treating PCOS before other complications arise such as heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.
PCOS symptoms can start as early as around the first period during puberty. Some women develop symptoms later in life in response to weight gain. Symptoms for PCOS are irregular periods, excess facial hair, and enlarged ovaries.
If you notice two of those three symptoms, speak with Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
PCOS doesn’t have one specific cause. Dr. Bekker and Dr. Akselrod believe higher amounts of insulin in your body, chronic low-grade inflammation in the ovaries, excess androgen production, and heredity influence the development of PCOS. At Advanced Gynecology & Surgery, you receive a full explanation of PCOS.
Without timely treatment, PCOS leads to infertility, unwanted hair growth, and acne. Birth control pills with a combination of both estrogen and progestin reduce production of androgen. Lesser amounts of androgen reduce the symptoms of PCOS. Hormone regulation also lowers your chance of contracting some cancers.
Hormone therapy medications control PCOS by lowering estrogen levels or stimulating ovaries. Dr. Bekker and Dr. Akselrod provide a complete list of options available for treating your case of PCOS.
When facing irregular periods and excess facial hair, you want knowledgeable and professional doctors on your side. Call Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn today for your appointment time or book online at your convenience.