Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Specialist

Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Gynecologist located in Sutton Place and Midtown East, New York, NY

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects approximately one in 10 women during childbearing years. Dr. Elizabeth Eden’s practice in Sutton Place and Midtown East, New York, specializes in treating this common condition and the effects it has on a woman’s overall health, with a variety of proven and successful methods.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q & A

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a common problem among women in their childbearing years and is caused by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. This imbalance leads to issues in the ovaries, such as improper egg development or the inability to release an egg during normal menstrual cycles. As a result, PCOS often leads to irregular or absent periods, which then leads to infertility and potential development of cysts in the ovaries. In fact, PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.

What causes PCOS?

While PCOS is a common condition among women of all ethnicities and races, its causes remain largely a mystery. Genetics seem to play a role, with women inheriting the condition from the mother’s side of the family. A history of diabetes in a woman’s family has also been linked to PCOS. Poor physical condition also seems to have an impact on the likelihood of developing PCOS.

Other patterns have emerged among women with PCOS, namely:

  • Hormone imbalance: Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgen, the hormone that controls traits in males. While all women have small levels of androgen, women with PCOS have higher levels that can prevent ovulation and promote acne and hair growth.
  • Insulin resistance: Women who are obese due to eating poorly or lack of exercise, can develop insulin resistance, which has been linked to PCOS.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Typically, women in their 20s and 30s first notice symptoms of PCOS as they try and conceive, but PCOS can affect women of all ages. Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Hair growth on the face and body
  • Hair thinning on the head
  • Irregular periods
  • Depression or anxiety

How is PCOS treated?

There is no magic pill for PCOS, but lifestyle changes have been found to be very effective in correcting the condition. Some birth control medications have been successful in treating symptoms of PCOS, like acne and hair growth or loss. Dr. Eden can help you come up with a treatment plan that best fits your needs.