Polycystic ovary syndrome treatment requires holistic approach

August 1, 2012

For young women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), dermatologists must diagnose the underlying hormonal issues to best treat the related skin symptoms, explains Helen M. Torok, M.D., medical director, Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery, Medina, Ohio.

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Medina, Ohio - For young women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), dermatologists must diagnose the underlying hormonal issues to best treat the related skin symptoms, explains Helen M. Torok, M.D., medical director, Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery, Medina, Ohio.

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Research also supports the recommendation that all women with PCOS should be periodically rescreened for diabetes, and it underscores the importance of the early identification of young women with PCOS and the need for early lifestyle intervention.2

More specifically, PCOS affects a woman's menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, heart, blood vessels and appearance. Typically, these women have high levels of androgens, missed or irregular periods and ovarian cysts.

The cause of PCOS, one of the most common endocrine disorders in women, is unknown. However, the etiology is thought to be multifactorial and, in part, genetic.