PCOS

Ana Maria Kausel, MD

Endocrinology located in Chelsea, New York, NY

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 10% of women of childbearing age. If you have irregular, heavy periods, acne, and excessive body hair, you should contact Ana Maria Kausel, MD. Dr. Kausel is a board-certified endocrinologist, practicing in Chelsea, New York City, who diagnoses and treats PCOS. Call Dr. Kausel at Ana Maria Kausel MD Endocrinology or schedule an appointment online today for attentive, personalized care.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that interferes with ovulation. It can also affect your metabolism and cause a variety of disruptive symptoms. For example, if you have PCOS, you may experience:

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Abnormally heavy or painful periods
  • Acne on your face, neck, back, or chest
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight
  • Excessive body hair
  • Thinning hair on your scalp
  • Skin discoloration in the creases of your neck, breasts, and groin
  • Skin tags on your neck or underarms

PCOS interferes with the maturation process of your egg cells and can get in the way of normal monthly ovulation. It’s a leading cause of infertility

What causes PCOS?

While researchers haven’t found the exact cause of PCOS, several factors contribute to the condition. For example, your genetics contribute to your risk — if your mother or another close family member has PCOS, your chances of developing it increase.

Many women with PCOS have higher-than-average androgen levels. Androgens are the hormones that contribute to traditionally male traits and can interfere with ovulation.

Additionally, if you have insulin resistance, which may also be called prediabetes, or if you have Type 2 diabetes, you’re more likely to develop PCOS. There’s also a link between obesity and PCOS.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

While there isn’t a single test to screen for PCOS, Dr. Kausel provides comprehensive exams and testing to identify the condition causing your symptoms. For example, during your exam, she checks your weight, blood pressure, and waist size while looking for other signs of PCOS, such as excess body hair or signs of male pattern baldness. She also performs a pelvic exam to check for enlarged ovaries.

Dr. Kausel also orders blood tests to check your hormone levels and to rule out other conditions that could cause your symptoms such as thyroid disorders. In some cases, she may also suggest an ultrasound to examine your ovaries for cysts or other abnormalities.

How is PCOS treated?

Dr. Kausel provides highly customized treatment plans for PCOS that address your specific needs. For example, many patients find that hormonal birth control pills regulate their symptoms, but if you’re trying to get pregnant, she offers other advice to improve your health and fertility.

Call Dr. Kausel today or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment of PCOS.