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Identifying & Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

You may have heard of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It’s a condition that changes women’s hormone levels. The hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS may result in difficulty getting pregnant and abnormal hair growth, among other symptoms.


To learn more about PCOS, its possible causes, and how it may affect your everyday life, read on below.


What Are the Symptoms of PCOS?

The most common symptoms of PCOS are irregular, infrequent, or prolonged menstrual periods. Women suffering from PCOS may also experience hair loss, hair in undesirable areas (such as the face), and acne.


What Causes PCOS?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown; however, these factors may play a role:



How Is PCOS Treated?

Treatment for PCOS varies from person to person. Your healthcare provider will take several factors into consideration, including your age, symptoms, and overall health. Your treatment will also depend significantly on whether you wish to become pregnant in the future.


If you are planning on getting pregnant, your treatment might include:




If you aren’t planning on becoming pregnant, your treatment might include:




Final Thoughts

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and believe you may have PCOS, it is crucial that you visit a doctor at once for a proper diagnosis.


To reiterate, if you are in the Tri-cities (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick) and are experiencing infertility or are showing signs of excess androgen -- like male-pattern baldness and acne -- you should contact Complete Healthcare for Women today for OB-GYN services.


If you need services ranging from obstetrics to gynecology in the Tri-cities (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland) or simply want a check-up for your peace of mind, contact Complete Healthcare for Women today and work with Richard Lorenzo, DO, and female provider Kortney Jones, ARNP (509) 392-6700.



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Johnson, T. C. (2017, April 21). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). WebMD.

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2020, October 3). Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - Symptoms and causes. Mayo Clinic.,fail%20to%20regularly%20release%20eggs.

Watson, S. (2021, April 19). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment. Healthline.

Complete Healthcare for Women - Obstetrics and Gynecology

(509) 392-6700

Richard Lorenzo, D.O.

Kortney Jones ARNP

Dr. Lorenzo Richard Lorenzo, DO Dr. Lorenzo is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He provides gynecological and obstetric services, including prenatal care, pregnancy care, infertility, and gynecology. Dr. Lorenzo is proficient in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures, as well as surgery for abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and hysterectomy. He has specialized training in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including minimally invasive hysterectomy.

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