TriState OBGYN PC
Stephen Ehiremen, MD
OBGYN located in Memphis, TN
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and can cause numerous problems, such as weight gain, thinning hair, and acne. With more than 20 years of experience as an OBGYN, Stephen Ehiremen, MD, diagnoses and treats women with PCOS at his practice, TriState OBGYN PC, in Memphis, Tennessee. If you have PCOS, book an appointment online or over the phone and get the compassionate care you need.
PCOS Q & A
What is polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. Due to the hormonal imbalance, your body has trouble regulating your menstrual cycle, which can lead to irregular periods.
If you have irregular periods caused by PCOS, it can be difficult to get pregnant. With PCOS, your eggs may not develop properly or may not be released during your menstrual cycle.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
In addition to an irregular menstrual cycle, PCOS can cause:
- Cysts to form on your ovaries
- Hair to grow on your face, chin, or parts of your body where men usually have hair
- Acne to form on your face, chest, and upper back
- Hair to thin on your scalp
- Weight gain
- Skin to darken, especially along creased areas, such as your underarm and groin
- Skin tags to form near the armpits and neck
These symptoms can make you feel self-conscious and frustrated, but Dr. Ehiremen and the team at TriState OBGYN PC can give you relief.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There is no test to diagnose PCOS, so you will need a number of medical tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms. These tests may include:
- Physical exam
- Pelvic exam
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Blood tests
If you have symptoms of PCOS, and your tests show abnormalities consistent with PCOS — such as the presence of ovarian cysts or hormonal imbalances — Dr. Ehiremen will likely diagnose you with PCOS.
How is PCOS treated?
While there is no cure for PCOS, Dr. Ehiremen and the team at TriState OBGYN PC will work with you to develop a personalized strategy to relieve you of your symptoms. He’ll first recommend a conservative treatment plan, such as exercising, eating a proper diet, and trying to lose weight.
Dr. Ehiremen may also recommend at-home treatments and prescription medications. If you don’t plan to become pregnant, Dr. Ehiremen can prescribe hormonal birth control and anti-androgen medicines to balance your hormones and lessen hair loss and acne.
If you want to get pregnant, Dr. Ehiremen may recommend Metformin. Metformin lowers your blood sugar, which in turn can lower androgenic hormones. This can trigger your body to ovulate and may help you lose weight.
If you’re suffering with PCOS symptoms, book an appointment with TriState OBGYN PC online or over the phone today.