Emily Sikking, MD/OBGYN, treats polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) at her Santa Monica, CA, clinic. Finding a qualified, compassionate doctor to diagnose, treat, and manage PCOS is an important aspect of long-term management of the syndrome and its effects on the body.
PCOS is an endocrine disorder that affects as many as 10% of women, although over half are undiagnosed at any given time. With this syndrome, the pineal, pituitary, adrenal gland, thymus, pancreas, thyroid, and parathyroid are affected, resulting in a hormonal imbalance. Women who have PCOS develop the syndrome at puberty and will have it following menopause. The disease can impact the reproductive system in addition to a variety of other organs, systems, and processes in the body.
The causes of PCOS are unknown, although researchers believe there is a genetic link, and obesity and environmental factors may play a role.
PCOS is most often treated with a combination of lifestyle changes -- including weight management, diet, and exercise -- and medical management. In many cases, birth control pills, medications, or natural supplements are used in addition to lifestyle changes.
PCOS symptoms often appear after the first period and continue throughout life if the syndrome is not detected and adequately managed. Symptoms include:
Diagnosis requires multiple steps:
There is no single definitive test for PCOS, but Dr. Sikkin will use all of the information gathered through these steps to make a determination and create a treatment plan.
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