PCOS Specialist

Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Nashville, TN

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance affecting about 10% of the women in the United States where they have too many androgens, or male hormones. Andrea Hayes, MD, of Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, can help you manage this common condition to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call the office or book your appointment online today for more information about the evaluation and treatment of PCOS.

PCOS Q & A

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

PCOS is diagnosed when you have an imbalance of reproductive hormones that negatively affects your ovaries. The ovaries are where a woman’s eggs develop and are released. When the ovaries aren’t functioning properly, you may not release an egg during your monthly ovulation, affecting your fertility, ovarian health, and menstruation.

Women with PCOS usually have an abundance of male hormones. PCOS can cause long-term health complications, including heart disease and diabetes.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS usually causes menstrual irregularities. You may have periods that come more frequently than every 28 days, or you may have fewer than eight cycles per year. Some women with PCOS have no periods whatsoever, known as amenorrhea.

You may also experience additional uncomfortable symptoms with PCOS, including:

  • Acne
  • Excessive hair growth in areas men usually develop hair (hirsutism)
  • Darkening of the skin in the creases, such as your elbows and groin
  • Thinning hair that mimics male-pattern baldness
  • Skin tags
  • Infertility
  • Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, consult Dr. Hayes for a hormone evaluation.

What causes PCOS?

PCOS can occur due to your genetics. You may also have excess insulin, a hormone that helps your cells process sugar for energy.

Excess insulin can result due to Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Because of the excess insulin, your body produces an overload of androgen hormones and you develop PCOS.

How is PCOS managed?

While PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be effectively managed. Dr. Hayes treats your individual symptoms and issues.

She may recommend lifestyle changes, such as weight loss if you’re overweight, as well as changes to your diet. She might offer hormonal treatments in the form of birth control pills that contain estrogen and progesterone to help put your androgen and estrogen levels in balance.

Some women benefit from a 10-14 day course of progestin therapy every month or two. Additionally, she can refer you to a fertility specialist if you’re having trouble getting pregnant.

To learn more about PCOS and effective treatments, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or book an appointment online today.