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Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome from the Drexel Center for Women's Health

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The Drexel Center for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, established in 2000, addresses the needs of women with polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. Our physicians have treated hundreds of women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that can cause irregular periods, weight gain, acne, hair loss or growth, infertility, and cysts on the ovaries.

However, not all women have all symptoms. Most women with polycystic ovary syndrome have insulin resistance, which requires the body to produce more insulin to metabolize food. The high insulin causes the ovaries to produce excess testosterone and weight gain can result. Weight gain and excess testosterone can negatively affect blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and may lead to diabetes.

How Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Diagnosed?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is diagnosed by your medical history, physical examination, blood tests, and transvaginal ultrasound.

How Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Treated?

Polycystic ovary syndrome can be treated with a combination of good nutrition, physical activity, medications and supplements. Our doctors may use complementary medicine techniques, such as acupuncture and herbal supplements, combined with modern medicine.

We work with you to achieve your goals, including treating unwanted hair growth and other problems due to high levels of male hormones, losing weight, becoming pregnant, or preventing diabetes and heart disease.

Conception with PCOS

Our infertility specialist, Dr. Karen Berkowitz, is an expert in helping women with PCOS conceive. Dr. Berkowitz is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and fertility.

What Will Your Visit Be Like?

Your first visit for polycystic ovary syndrome evaluation will be a long one—expect to be at our office one to two hours. We will take an extensive history and do a physical exam. You will have blood tests and possibly a vaginal ultrasound. We will discuss the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome, what your blood tests show, and your treatment options.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Resources

Nutritionist specializing in polycystic ovary syndrome:
Angela Grassi, MS, RD, LDN
Phone: 484.252.9028

Support Groups

In Philadelphia:


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Physicians

  • Karen M. Berkowitz, MD
    Co-Director, Drexel Center for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Infertility and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.


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