Living with PCOS

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Rule number one of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) go through it alone. Here, we give you straight-from-the-expert advice on thriving despite PCOS and living a happy, healthy life.

For women, hormone fluctuations are simply a part of life. From puberty and menstruation to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, you experience a wide range of symptoms brought on by the (sometimes violent) swings in your hormones. 

All women go through these different stages of life and the accompanying hormonal shifts. But when you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), it’s not a phase. 

Dr. Joseph Roofeh has years of experience helping women manage their PCOS symptoms and can help you achieve your health and life goals with a customized treatment plan. We know how lonely this condition can be, so we encourage you to make an appointment with our expert as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, here are some helpful strategies for living with the many challenges of PCOS. 

See a specialist

Step one is to find an expert you can count on. PCOS isn’t your ordinary health issue — it’s a condition that requires the care of a highly trained professional. Fortunately, you have access to Dr. Roofeh, a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in women’s health issues and understands the unique challenges of PCOS.

Manage your weight

Some refer to the battle between your weight and PCOS as a vicious cycle. That’s because weight gain is one of the most common side effects of the condition, and in turn, weight gain exacerbates PCOS. 

So, it’s important to be proactive. There isn’t much you can control when it comes to PCOS, but you can control your habits. Do your best to make smart choices when preparing meals and eating at restaurants. Remember that carbs, caffeine, and dairy products can aggravate PCOS. 

Also, find a way to work regular exercise into your routine. We can help you find activities that fit your ability levels, interests, and health goals. 

Understand your risk for diabetes

It’s not exactly understood why, but there’s a link between PCOS and diabetes. Many point to an excess of insulin, which often occurs when you have diabetes or insulin resistance. Make sure you regularly check your blood sugar levels to ensure your diabetes hasn’t snuck up on you. 

Handle cosmetic concerns one at a time

No two women experience the same cosmetic concerns with PCOS; some are more noticeable than others. Because PCOS stems from an excess of androgens (male hormones), you may notice some outward signs of an internal hormonal imbalance. 

They aren’t threats to your health, but they are threats to your self-esteem. Some of the most common cosmetic symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Dark skin patches
  • Skin tags
  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Facial hair growth

Dermatologists and aesthetic medicine professionals can help you manage these frustrating symptoms. In the meantime, we continue to work with you on the underlying hormonal issue to help resolve your cosmetic concerns. 

Start discussing fertility

PCOS also causes irregular ovulation, which can make getting pregnant tricky — but not impossible. In many cases, ovulation-stimulating medication gives your body the boost it needs to help you conceive naturally. If that doesn’t work, you may consider in vitro fertilization (IVF). 

Either way, Dr. Roofeh offers a variety of infertility treatments to help you overcome the obstacles to pregnancy. 

Get in the best information — and share it

Life with PCOS can be a mixed bag of good and bad days, even if you do everything possible to manage your health and symptoms. The more education you have on your condition and how it affects you specifically, the better you can cope. 

The same goes for your partner and your loved ones. Getting support from your friends and family can make living with PCOS much easier. 

If you think you have PCOS, don’t feel as though you have to suffer through it alone. Take steps to get informed and a customized treatment plan by scheduling a consultation with our expert today. Call or click to book an appointment at our Century City, Los Angeles office today.