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PCOS Specialist

Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine

OBGYN and Aesthetics located in St. Augustine, FL

If you’re living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you’re not alone. In fact, this hormonal imbalance affects 10 percent of women during their childbearing years, and it’s highly treatable. Sherri Maetozo, MD, and her dedicated all-female staff at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine can help you restore your hormone balance and protect your fertility. Call the office in St. Augustine, Florida, or schedule your appointment online.

PCOS Q & A

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that’s marked by long but infrequent periods and higher-than-normal levels of male hormones (also known as androgen) in the body.

PCOS causes problems with the creation of an egg in the ovaries and/or its release during ovulation. PCOS can also cause small fluid-filled sacs called cysts to develop in the ovaries.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

The symptoms of PCOS can vary. They usually start around the woman’s first period, but they can develop later in life. The most common visible symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hirsutism, or excess hair on parts of the body where men usually have hair (e.g. the face)
  • Weight gain
  • Face, chest, or upper back acne
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Skin darkening, especially in the creases of the neck, groin, and underneath the breasts
  • Skin tags

Less visibly, PCOS can also cause enlarged ovaries or ovaries surrounded by cysts.

Is PCOS dangerous?

While many women live with PCOS, it’s important to see Dr. Maetozo if you experience the above symptoms so she can help you protect your health.

PCOS can cause:

  • Infertility (PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility.)
  • Miscarriage
  • Liver inflammation
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • Endometrial cancer

How is PCOS treated?

While there’s no cure for PCOS, Dr. Maetoz and her team at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine can help you manage your symptoms and protect your overall health and fertility.

Some lifestyle changes, like weight loss, can help significantly minimize your symptoms. When combined with medication, like birth control, progestin therapy, and anti-androgen medicines, these changes can help you control the way PCOS affects your life.

If you’re diagnosed with PCOS and want to have a baby, talk with Dr. Maetozo. She can help you make any necessary changes to protect yourself and your baby before and during pregnancy. It’s not impossible to have a healthy baby with PCOS, but your risks are higher. Working with a dedicated doctor like Dr. Maetozo can help you minimize the challenges.

If you think you have PCOS — or know you do and want to work with a doctor who can help you lead your healthiest life — call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or book your appointment online.