Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Do you struggle with acne, excess hair growth, or weight? Do you have periods that are unpredictable, or even absent? Are you wanting to get pregnant, but having a hard time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is worthwhile for you and your doctor to consider polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as a potential cause to your hormone imbalance.

PCOS is a particular type of hormone imbalance that is common among women of reproductive age. High testosterone levels and blood sugar dysregulation often go hand in hand in causing the undesirable symptoms discussed above.

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Diagnosing PCOS is straightforward for the physicians at Amber Wellness Group. The process involves:

  • AN APPOINTMENT: to discuss your health history: your current symptoms, family history, diet, lifestyle, and general health status.

  • LAB WORK: will be ordered to measure hormone levels, including testosterone, blood sugar, thyroid, and to rule out other conditions that can cause similar or compounding symptoms (i.e. thyroid issues).

  • AN ULTRASOUND: will be recommended to check the ovaries *note: this may or may not be necessary depending on your history and lab results.

Once we establish a clear diagnosis of PCOS, we will work together to develop an individualized plan aimed to improve testosterone, insulin resistance, blood sugar levels and address your other health goals. 

Treatment often includes: 

  • Dietary modifications

  • Stress management practices 

  • Regular physical activity

  • Herbs & supplements 

  • Medications (when necessary) 

Stretching Together

The doctors at Amber Wellness Group are passionate about helping women feel their best selves.  Dr. Meg Chmelik is passionate in supporting women who have, or think they may have, PCOS to get their hormones balanced in a healthy way.

Links to our blog posts on PCOS Wellness and Insulin Resistance

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PCOS Wellness and Digging In

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The mechanism of hormonal effect on polycystic ovary syndrome

Insulin Resistance

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