PCOS Specialist

Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D. -  - OB-GYN

Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D.

OB-GYN located in Odessa, TX

If you are having problems conceiving combined with heavy periods, mood swings, or excessive hair growth, you might have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). To get treatment for this condition from an expert with over 20 years of experience in OB/GYN medicine, contact Ghassan Fanous, MD in Odessa, Texas. Dr. Fanous can help you manage the symptoms of PCOS and get you on the road to recovery. To request a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.


What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects female hormones and is common in women who are in their reproductive years.

There are many ways that PCOS can influence a woman's reproductive health, but it primarily causes an excess of the male hormone androgen, which can interfere with a woman's menstrual cycle. If this hormonal imbalance is left untreated, PCOS can lead to fertility issues.


What causes PCOS?

There is not one clear cause of PCOS, as many factors might contribute to the hormonal fluctuations associated with the condition.

There may be a genetic component to PCOS, in addition to lifestyle factors such as diet, weight, or exposure to environmental toxins that affect hormone levels. Other causes of PCOS include chronic, low-grade inflammation and excess insulin.


What are the symptoms of PCOS?

It is common for symptoms of PCOS to show up around puberty, often with the first menstrual cycle. In other cases, a woman will notice symptoms after a period of significant weight gain. While signs of PCOS vary from one person to the next, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles: may be heavier, longer, shorter, or the menstrual cycle may be skipped altogether
  • Body hair growth: on the face, arms, legs, or other places; caused by excess androgen
  • Fertility issues: due to enlarged ovaries or hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS

If you are severely overweight or obese, your PCOS symptoms may be worse.


How is PCOS treated?

To determine if your symptoms are related to PCOS, Dr. Fanous starts with an on-site ultrasound to gain a comprehensive view of your reproductive organs. That allows him to spot potential complications that may have developed due to PCOS, such as ovarian irregularities, fibroids, or inflammation.

Treatment varies for each patient, but Dr. Fanous might recommend a combination of therapies, including:

  • Medication: metformin, to help with blood sugar balance and hormonal regulation
  • Contraceptives: birth control pills, to decrease androgen production
  • Dietary changes: reducing carbohydrate and sugar consumption
  • Lifestyle strategies: like weight loss and stress management, which help to mitigate PCOS symptoms


With the right therapies, it is possible to manage PCOS and live a normal, healthy life. To learn more and have a personalized consultation with Dr. Fanous, call the office or book an appointment to get started.