It’s a syndrome that impacts between 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 women of childbearing age — Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. Dr. Lawrence Layman — the Section Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Genetics at GRHealth, explains to viewers of “The Means Report” that there is no known cause for PCOS. The syndrome can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, reproductive ability, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance.
The main problem for woman with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. Women with PCOS have ovaries that make more male hormones than usual. It is also believed that insulin is linked to the syndrome. These two hormonal factors can lead to acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain, and problems with ovulation.
Dr. Layman shares that a PCOS diagnosis no longer comes with the same stigma that it once did. Through research doctors have been able to find ways to improve a woman’s ability to become pregnant as well as manage hormone levels and decrease hair growth. While there is no cure, PCOS is completely manageable with a doctor’s help. There is also new research that is being done right here at home at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
To learn more about clinical trials for PCOS at the Medical College of Georgia, please visit their website.