PCOS Specialist

Clear Lake Women's Center

Nagamani Rao, MD

Gynecologist located in Webster, TX

You may not give much thought to your hormones, but these important chemical messengers control virtually every function in your body. When they become unbalanced, numerous problems can result, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). For women in and around Webster, Texas, they can rely on Nagamani Rao, MD, for excellent diagnostic and treatment services for this challenging condition. To schedule an appointment for PCOS treatment with Clear Lake Women’s Center, call the office or book online today.

PCOS Q&A

What is PCOS?

Your hormones play vital roles in triggering numerous functions within your body, many of which you may be completely unaware of. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition characterized by an imbalance between the hormones normally produced at higher levels in women.

An estimated 15% of women will develop PCOS, although many will not be properly diagnosed. This is because some of the symptoms associated with PCOS are not clearly linked to reproductive health. Some women and practitioners are unable to find the link between these changes and hormonal balance. 

While many women with PCOS develop numerous tiny cysts on their ovaries, you don’t have to have cysts to have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  

What are some indications I might have PCOS?

Knowing what to keep an eye out for can help you know when to schedule a diagnostic evaluation. Some of the signs and symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Areas of darkened skin (especially in the armpits, groin, and beneath the breasts)
  • Abnormal hair growth on your face or body
  • Acne
  • Skin tags — tiny flaps of excess skin
  • Infertility

For many women, the inability to become pregnant is the first indication of PCOS. Coming in for fertility evaluation is often how the condition is first diagnosed. 

If I’m diagnosed with PCOS, what are some treatment options?

Your treatment plan depends on your symptoms and your family planning goals, and Dr. Rao will work with you to decide a customized treatment plan for your unique goals. 

If you are not interested in becoming pregnant in the near future, going on a hormonal method of birth control can help control symptoms. There are many options to choose from, including pills, patches, vaginal rings, intrauterine devices, injections, and implants. 

You may also find relief from certain medications that block androgen production or alter the way your body uses insulin. If you experience weight challenges, moving closer to a healthy weight is a great way to reduce symptoms and boost your overall health and wellness. 

To schedule an appointment for PCOS treatment with Clear Lake Women’s Center in Webster, Texas, call the office or book online today.