PCOS Specialist

Elk Medical

Saka Kazeem, MD

Endocrinology located in Brooklyn, NY

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) causes irregular periods, weight gain, and other symptoms that interfere with your quality of life. Many women with PCOS experience emotional disorders like depression and anxiety. Saka Kazeem, MD, and his compassionate team at Elk Medical understand the challenges of living with PCOS. Dr. Kazeem can help you conquer your PCOS symptoms to improve your general health and well-being. Serving the community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in New York City, Elk Medical offers women personalized, effective care for PCOS. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or make an appointment online.

PCOS Q & A

What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder of the endocrine system that affects women of reproductive age. PCOS causes multiple small cysts to form on the ovaries. These cysts interfere with ovulation and can lead to irregular menstrual periods and infertility.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

In addition to irregular periods, PCOS can cause the following symptoms:

  • Excess facial or body hair
  • Acne
  • Thinning head hair
  • Weight gain
  • Dark patches of skin
  • Headaches

PCOS can also cause infertility or pregnancy complications. Many women with PCOS also experience mood disorders like depression and/or anxiety. Sleep apnea, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes are also associated with PCOS.

What causes PCOS?

Researchers don’t fully understand the exact cause of PCOS, but studies show that the following things could play a role in the condition:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Abnormally high levels of testosterone
  • Low-grade inflammation
  • Genetics

PCOS typically develops around the time of a woman’s first period, but it can arise at any time during her reproductive years. Women who are overweight have an increased chance of developing PCOS.

How does a doctor diagnose PCOS?

To diagnose PCOS, Dr. Kazeem begins by reviewing your health history and discussing your symptoms with you in detail. He then does a pelvic exam and orders blood tests to check for high levels of testosterone as well as signs of related conditions like diabetes. He could also order an ultrasound of your ovaries to look for visual signs of cysts.

How is PCOS treated?

If Dr. Kazeem determines that you have PCOS, he then creates a customized treatment plan based on individual factors.

Your custom treatment plan can include:

  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone therapy
  • Medications to help you ovulate
  • Acne medications
  • Medically supervised weight-loss programs

Prescription medications can also help control excess facial or body hair. If you’re struggling with infertility, Dr. Kazeem offers fertility treatments for patients with PCOS.

Dr. Kazeem and his team can relieve your PCOS symptoms and help you lose weight and regain your quality of life. To find out how to end your struggles with PCOS, call Elk Medical today or request an appointment online.