PCOS Awareness Month underway
September marks Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Month, a time to get women talking to their doctors about ways to detect it and how those living with PCOS can overcome their symptoms.
Dr. Camille A. Clare, a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DHSU College of Medicine, says she sees this in a lot of patients in her practice.
"Most commonly, people come to me with an issue with their periods as well as some other things that can show up. For example, hair growth in areas that you don't expect like the chest, the face, the upper thigh, that's a common complaint that can show up in some individuals," said Clare. "As well as obesity, although not all individuals with PCOS are obese, but those are some of the most common things."
Dr. Clare says to get a diagnosis, doctors will take a history, do a physical exam and other tests like a sonogram and bloodwork. Then the doctor will come up with a treatment plan.