Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Specialist

California Dream Fertility Center

Fangyin Meng, MD, Ph.D

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility located in Irvine, CA

Menstrual irregularity, difficulty sleeping, and infertility are just some of the conditions associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Fangyin Meng, MD, PhD, is a compassionate physician who can diagnose and help you manage your PCOS so your symptoms don’t interfere with your quality of life or your desire to have a family. To find out more, call the office in Newport Beach, California, or schedule a consultation online today.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q&A

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman’s reproductive hormone levels are imbalanced, causing her ovaries to malfunction. An excess of androgens such as testosterone can cause eggs to be malformed or prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs as they should. PCOS can also lead to infertility and other health complications.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Symptoms of PCOS can vary significantly between women. Some of the most common symptoms associated with PCOS include:

  • Irregular, infrequent, or prolonged menstrual periods
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Loss of head hair
  • Severe acne
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty losing weight

PCOS can make it difficult for you to become pregnant, but some treatment options offered by Dr. Meng may help restore your fertility.

What are the health conditions associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome?

In addition to infertility, PCOS has been linked to other health conditions, such as:

  • Enlarged ovaries
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Endometrial cancer

Depression and anxiety are also common in women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome.

How is polycystic ovarian syndrome treated?

There is currently no cure for PCOS, but you and Dr. Meng can manage the disease. Dr. Meng offers treatment options to relieve the symptoms of PCOS and improve your chances of conceiving. 

If you aren’t concerned about becoming pregnant, hormonal birth control pills or implant devices may help regulate your menstrual cycle, reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, and improve symptoms like insomnia, acne, or excess body hair. By addressing your symptoms and general health, hormone therapy may improve your chances of pregnancy in the future, although you’ll need to stop taking contraceptives in order to conceive.

If you do wish to become pregnant, fertility medications may help improve your fertility. In-vitro fertilization may be an option if you don’t respond to more conservative fertility care.

Healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices can help you control your weight and improve your overall health, which may improve your PCOS symptoms and boost your fertility.

To learn more about how Dr. Meng can help you manage your PCOS, call the office or book online today.