Acne, irregular periods and excessive hair growth—these are not only symptoms of puberty, they're also signs of a problem that affects 10-15% of reproductive age women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic condition that can be a precursor for more serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
PCOS can be diagnosed by checking for signs of ovary abnormalities such as cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, and elevated male hormones in blood tests. "If you have two of those symptoms you probably have PCOS," says Mark Perloe, MD, Georgia Reproductive Specialists (GRS) medical director.
Treatment options often depend on what goals the patient has in mind. Are they trying to get pregnant and understand the role PCOS can play in infertility? Are they trying to prevent diabetes later in life by managing insulin resistance, which is a major factor in PCOS? Or, do they just want to lose weight to ease symptoms?
GRS helps patients of all ages work closely with a dietician who is well-versed in PCOS, provides assistance with proper supplement and medicine dosage, and explains exercise strategies for PCOS management to help patients get back on track to health and happiness.
To hear Dr. Perloe speak more about PCOS save the date for the PCOS Awareness Symposium September 24 - 25. Hosted by PCOS Challenge, Inc., the symposium is the largest event in the country dedicated to polycystic ovary syndrome and related conditions. To learn more about PCOS Awareness weekend, visit pcoschallenge.org/symposium/Atlanta.
Mark Perloe, MD
Dr. Perloe earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, and served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Perloe completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Minnesota and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As Medical Director of GRS, Dr. Perloe has more than twenty years' experience in in vitro fertilization, the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, gestational surrogacy, PCOS, fibroids and endometriosis. As the creator of the PCOS Awareness YouTube Channel, Dr. Perloe is passionate about PCOS awareness, diagnosis and treatment.
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