What is PCOS?
In 1990 the National Institute of Health established the following criteria for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis:
- Elevated testosterone (hyperandrogenism and/or hyperandrogenemia)
- Lack of ovulation (oligoovulation)
- Exclusion of other known disorders
In 2003, PCOS was defined as having at least two of the following three conditions:
- Lack of ovulation or less than eight cycles per year
- Elevation of testosterone levels in the blood or clinical evidence of increased male hormones
- Polycystic ovaries: enlarged ovaries with 12 or more small follicles.
PCOS is difficult to diagnose because no test or combination of tests offer a definitive diagnosis. Different patients experience varying manifestations of the syndrome, which complicates both the diagnosis and treatment. Nine manifestations or phenotypes are currently recognized as potential indicators of PCOS.
While not everything is known about PCOS, medical science has made great strides in recent years toward understanding and controlling the condition. The best regimen seems to be a combination of medical care, dietary supplements, proper nutrition, and exercise, all of which can be controlled by the patient. PCOS symptoms can be managed and even reversed.
AFCT helps thousands of women with the diagnosis and management of PCOS symptoms. Our patients benefit from an individualized comprehensive team approach through both AFCT and Lisanne Wellness Center (LWC), located in the same center.
We begin with a thorough investigation of hormones, glucose and lipid testing, along with a physical exam and a pelvic ultrasound. We formulate a treatment plan to address symptoms. Patients can achieve their goals through participation in a variety of nutrition and lifestyle modifications offered by LWC.
Take Control of your Life:
AFCT is your partner in managing and controlling PCOS. LWC is ready to help you with education, lifestyle coaching, and the use of an all-natural PCOS Care Nutritional Support Program by Vitagenis®.
The Advanced Fertility Center of Texas (AFCT) has several fertility treatment centers located throughout the Houston metropolitan area. We offer the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art fertility services.