Erratic menstrual cycle
Unwanted hair growth
Scalp-Thinning or hair loss
How is PCOS Diagnosed?
After a thorough exam, an evaluation of your medical history, and in some cases, an ultrasound, blood tests are done. Then, if it is determined that two of the following three criteria are present, a diagnoses of PCOS can be made.
Symptoms of PCOS
Lab criteria for PCOS
Polycystic Ovaries by Ultrasound
What are my options for treatment?
Dr. Altenbern strives to relieve you from your PCOS symptoms by creating a customized treatment plan based on your diagnosis. Some common methods and medications are:
Hormonal birth control that includes both progesterone and estrogen such as the pill, implant, IUD, and the patch. Hormonal birth control will help regulate your cycle, clear up acne, and help reduce unwanted hair growth.
Metformin, which is usually used for Type Two Diabetes, can help with PCOS symptoms by reducing blood glucose, androgen, and insulin levels. Metformin may also help with weight loss and restarting ovulation.
Antiandrogen medications can help prevent androgens from taking effect, and this, in turn, helps stop hair loss, unwanted facial hair growth, and acne breakouts.
Thyroid Supplementation to optimize your energy.