Dr. Nadini Verma is a board certified OB/GYN who specializes in the diagnosing and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. She serves the Santa Monica community, as well as the residents of Los Angeles, California. Her patients receive the highest quality of care when it comes to treating various hormonal imbalances and other reproductive disorders.
PCOS Q & A
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder that affects 5%-10% of women in the reproductive age. It is a collection of symptoms that are found together. Not all women with PCOS have all the symptoms. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. To be diagnosed with PCOS, a woman must have 2 of 3 possible issues: enlarged ovaries with multiple small cysts containing eggs (polycystic), infrequent or absent menstruation, and a high level of the male hormones (androgens) like Testosterone.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
PCOS symptoms can vary in different individuals. Women with PCOS usually have irregular or missed menstrual periods. This is the most common symptom and women presents with menstrual intervals longer than 35 days, fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year, or failure to menstruate for four or more months. Some experience increased hair growth facial and body (hirsutism) and significant adolescent acne. Many gain weight or may have difficulty becoming pregnant. The severity of the condition will determine the intensity of the symptoms. Women who have PCOS may also have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There is no specific test to diagnose PCOS. We use a combination of patient history, physical examination, ultrasounds (sonogram), and blood tests in evaluating PCOS. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to prevent future risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
How is PCOS treated?
Dr. Verma treats each woman on an individual basis, as every patient has a unique genetic and physical makeup that may contribute to her diagnosis. Each treatment plan will be geared towards restoring normal menstrual cycles, weight loss and treatments for acne and excessive hair. We will also recommend strategies to reduce health risks of pre-diabetes and help address fertility issues if needed.