If you have a gynecological condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, then in addition to the development of multiple ovarian cysts and infrequent menstrual periods, you may also have a hormonal imbalance. A telemedicine hormone imbalance consultation with a gynecologist or primary care physician can help you understand your disease and determine which treatment options may be right for you.
Because polycystic ovarian syndrome can mimic other hormonal-related conditions such as perimenopause, your telemedicine healthcare provider will need to perform a thorough assessment. Here are some things your doctor may assess during your telemedicine consultation.
Hair and Skin Condition
During your telemedicine hormone imbalance consulting appointment, the physician may examine your hair and the condition of your skin. Women who have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome may have low levels of estrogen and elevated levels of androgen hormones. This can lead to female pattern baldness, causing you to lose your hair. While you may not lose all of your hair, your hair may be noticeably thinner and it may also become very oily.
While polycystic ovarian syndrome can cause hair loss on your head, it may result in excessive hair growth on other parts of your body such as your face and back. The physician may also assess your skin condition because hormonal imbalances can cause oily skin and subsequent cystic acne. If you have cystic acne related to your hormone imbalance, the physician may refer you to a dermatologist for additional evaluation and treatment.
Fertility and Weight
The telemedicine physician may also talk to you about your weight and ask you questions about fertility. Polycystic ovarian syndrome and certain other disorders that cause hormone imbalances can lead to weight gain and the inability to lose weight. These disorders may also cause infertility, which may make it difficult for you to become pregnant.
Treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome may include hormone medications that can help promote ovulation while regulating your levels of estrogen and androgens. Once your hormones have been regulated, your symptoms may subside. Hormonal intervention may also improve your chances of becoming pregnant. Losing weight and getting more exercise may further enhance hormonal regulation, which may promote ovulation.
If you have a hormonal disorder such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, talk to your telemedicine healthcare provider about your treatment options such as medications and healthy lifestyle choices. If warranted, the physician may recommend that you make an appointment with an endocrinologist or fertility specialist for further evaluation and necessary treatments.
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