Helping Your Teen | How to Book an Adolescent PCOS Consultation
Even if you are not trying to become pregnant, polycystic ovarian syndrome (commonly referred to as PCOS) is a condition that can and should be diagnosed and treated early.
PCOS can often be detected and treated in adolescence. Early detection and treatment can help many women and teens learn how to live more fully and happily with PCOS and limit long-term health effects.
Recognizing PCOS In Teens
At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), we have a multidisciplinary team that offers evaluation, education, and personalized management to pediatric patients and their parents regarding common PCOS symptoms. Adolescence can be a challenging enough time without the added symptoms that are often associated with PCOS.
Booking Your PCOS Appointment
In order to get you started, I have outlined the basic steps to booking an initial PCOS consult:
- Obtain referral – We want all patients to have referrals from an outside physician (pediatrician, gynecologist, or any other physician). The reason for this is because often times, certain gynecological and endocrine issues can be easily addressed by a GYN or primary care provider. However, if your Doctor believes you present with PCOS symptoms and would benefit from seeing a PCOS specialist, they can then refer you to us.
- Have patient’s demographics and insurance information available.
- Schedule initial evaluation with Diana D’Amelio, RPA-C & Head of our adolescent PCOS program.
- Schedule initial nutrition consultation with one of our Nutritionists.
- Complete new patient paperwork and submit relevant medical records at least two days before the initial consultation.
In next week’s addition of Kate’s Corner, I will introduce you to the rest of our PCOS Team at RMACT and address what to expect at these initial appointments.
About Kate Doyle
As RMACT’s New Patient Liaison, Kate Doyle is the first person who speaks with patients before they schedule their initial appointment. Kate recently started contributing to RMACT’s blog, PathToFertility.com. In “Kate’s Corner” she shares her perspective on topics that interest new patients. This glimpse into fertility treatment gives readers a candid knowledge and insightful tips. Kate started at RMACT as a Patient Navigator in January 2013, which is when she learned that she enjoyed guiding patients through the ups and downs of treatment. Her current position enables her to work with patients at the onset of treatment when they need help bringing their limited understanding of infertility into focus.