Living with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, can be devastating for a woman. This combination of metabolic, hormonal, and psychosocial conditions can cause long-term medical issues, anxiety, and depression.
While PCOS can dramatically affect your daily life, there are things you can do about it. If you’re a woman in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, PCOS specialist and board-certified OB/GYN John Macey, MD, can help you manage this condition so you have a better quality of life.
The symptoms of PCOS can affect your daily activities because you don’t feel well physically and emotionally. For example, you may want to stay in more and not spend as much time with friends or family. Or you may lose interest in activities that once brought you joy because you don’t want to go out in public. You may even feel embarrassed or ashamed by your appearance if your PCOS has caused hair loss, acne, or weight gain.
Please remember that you’re not alone. Reach out to your loved ones, or join a support group to help you deal with depression and anxiety. You can learn tips on coping with PCOS from other women who are managing their condition.
Symptoms of PCOS
The symptoms of PCOS vary among women but could be a combination of the following:
- Irregular periods that can be very light, missed altogether, or heavy
- Extra body hair on your face, chest, back, or stomach caused by increased androgen levels
- Polycystic ovaries
- Weight gain around your abdomen
- Difficulty losing weight
- Thinning hair or baldness
- Skin tags
- Dark-colored patches on the back of your neck or under your breasts
- Trouble getting pregnant or a diagnosis of infertility
With a list like this, it’s no wonder women with PCOS may lose confidence or develop negative self-esteem. Don’t suffer in silence. Let Dr. Macey help you. He can develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on your unique symptoms and quality-of-life concerns.
The cysts that grow on your ovaries wit this condition can create hormone imbalances. PCOS could lead to serious medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease if not treated.
Treatment includes birth control pills to regulate the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, hormone replacement therapy, medication that helps you ovulate so your ovaries can get back to functioning normally, and other medicines to treat specific symptoms. For example, you could take something to help slow the growth of excess hair or to treat acne.
What you can do
- Eat a low-carbohydrate diet to help regulate insulin levels
- Increase your level of daily activity
- Try to lose weight; get help from a nutritionist or dietician
- Remember that PCOS is a medical condition, and it’s not your fault
- Learn how to manage stress, anxiety, and depression; get medical help if needed
- Talk to your friends and family for support
If you have PCOS or have been recently diagnosed, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Macey. You can request an appointment online or call 629-205-2938.