PCOS Specialist

Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ

Women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often experience a range of troubling symptoms, although misdiagnosis is common. For those living in and around Phoenix, Arizona, the team at Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes offers outstanding diagnostic and treatment services for PCOS, and can help you find lasting relief. That path begins with a quick phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects women of reproductive age. While not common, researchers believe that PCOS is often misdiagnosed, so the number of sufferers may be underreported. 

While hormones like estrogen and progestin are usually associated with females, and testosterone is associated with males, everyone creates these hormones at varying rates. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome tend to produce excessively high levels of “male” hormones, which are called androgens. This can create a wide range of symptoms, many of which are uncomfortable or disruptive. 

What are the causes of PCOS?

Researchers do not know the exact cause of PCOS. It’s believed that there is a genetic component at play, so if you have a close relative who has the condition, it elevates your risk level. 

Doctors also note a link between insulin resistance and systemic inflammation with PCOS. It’s known that being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of PCOS.

How do I know if I have PCOS?

One of the reasons for frequent misdiagnosis of PCOS is the fact that it shares many of the symptoms of various other conditions. That’s why it is so important to listen to the messages your body sends and take action when you feel that something is just not right. 

Some of the signs of PCOS include:

  • Hair growth on the face or body 
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular periods
  • Headaches

For some women, infertility is the first sign of polycystic ovary syndrome. 

What kinds of treatment options are available for PCOS?

Your treatment path depends on the symptoms you are experiencing, your overall health, and whether you are trying to become pregnant. Hormonal supplementation is a primary treatment option and works to help you achieve better hormonal balance. 

Birth control pills can help regulate your hormones. There are other supplementation options available, as well. 

If you are overweight or obese, lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward improving your symptoms. At Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes, the team can help you embrace a healthier diet and exercise plan to move you closer to a healthy weight. 

If you’re suffering from insulin resistance, certain diabetes medications can help resolve symptoms. There are hair removal treatments that can reduce unwanted facial or body hair. 

Infertility treatments can increase your chances of getting pregnant. In some cases, surgery is the best way to help your ovaries release eggs on schedule. 

Don’t live with the symptoms of PCOS when there are safe and effective treatments available. Reach out to the team at Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes to book an appointment. They can perform a comprehensive diagnostic exam and help you explore your treatment options in more detail.