Paul MacKoul Encourages you to Get Diagnosed Early: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

The Center for Innovative GYN Care

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a very common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age that causes the development of multiple small, benign cysts on the ovaries. It is always important to remember that some ovarian cysts may be cancerous. Although very rare in younger women during their reproductive years, the risk of ovarian cancer increases with age.

Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Paul MacKoul MD at CIGC lists other characteristics of this syndrome like:

  • Irregular or missing menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth
  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • Weight problems, often including weight gain around the waist
  • Skin problems, including skin tags, darkening skin and acne
  • In most cases, ovarian cysts are small, harmless and produce no symptoms. In other cases, cysts may cause problems if they get larger, if they twist (ovarian torsion), or if they burst and cause internal bleeding. Immediate attention and treatment is then needed.

    In some cases, observation may be all that is necessary, especially for small, functional cysts causing no symptoms. For women who require removal of ovarian cysts or removal of the ovaries, including women seeking prophylactic oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) to reduce future cancer risk, The Center for Innovative GYN Care specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul and Dr. Natalya Danilyants offer advanced minimally invasive procedures with less pain.