Physician assistant Mary Ann describes PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
We see a lot of patients in our office that present with symptoms of PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is much more prevalent than I even thought it was when I learned about it in school and there is a lot of help available for those patients.
A lot of the patients come in concerned that they are not having regular periods and concerned about what that’s doing to their body and if it’s causing any long-term damage, which in most cases it’s not.
The issue with the polycystic ovarian syndrome is more related to that time in their life when they decide that they want to become pregnant. If they are not having regular periods they are probably not ovulating and so it’s very difficult to get pregnant if you are not ovulating. And there are a lot of ways that we can go about trying to readjust the cycle to get them ovulating again, just depending on what signs and symptoms they have of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Some patients have some of the signs and symptoms and some have just a few.
About Mary Ann Shostek, P.A.-C.:
Mary Ann is a Physicians Assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Medical Science, graduating from the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona in 2004. Mary Ann’s experience is in Women’s Health – specializing in fertility.