PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a complex metabolic and endocrine condition that causes hormonal imbalances in women and girls of reproductive age. PCOS affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age– hormonal imbalances prevent the ovaries from ovulating and releasing an egg to meet the sperm, thereby resulting in impaired or sub-fertility. Even small adjustments in lifestyle choices make a big difference in how PCOS can affect you.
Even if you are not trying to become pregnant, 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.
At 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.
Teen patients are supported by the RMACT team and they also benefit from support and guidance at home. Because of this, parents are encouraged to learn about PCOS and how to help manage it. RMACT offers seminars where parents can learn tools and techniques that can best help their daughter at home and at school. It takes parents’ involvement to ensure that adolescent and young adult patients establish a new lifestyle of healthy eating, exercise and medical treatment compliance.