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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can negatively affect a woman's health, appearance, and fertility.

Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers various treatment options to not only ease your symptoms, but increase your chances of pregnancy.

Looking for a solution? Find out how our fertility clinic in Lubbock, TX, can help…

Giving Women Control of Their Diagnosis

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. Patients produce high levels of androgens, also known as "male" hormones. Excess androgens can lead to symptoms such as irregular periods, abnormal hair growth, and infertility. There is no cure for PCOS, but symptoms can be managed and improved with treatment.

Here at The Centre For Reproductive Health, our goal is to provide you with the tools to not only live with PCOS, but to thrive. Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome worry if they'll be able to have children. While it may take longer for you to get pregnant, it is very much possible to start your dream family - with some extra help.

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Even setting aside the longterm effects, polycystic ovarian syndrome can be an extremely uncomfortable condition. Dr. Dorsett can diagnose and recommend treatment to enhance your overall quality of life. 

Committed to Providing Warm and Compassionate Care

If you're dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome, you may be stressed about finding something that works for you. We offer a range of innovative treatments and are committed to improving patient's lives. Dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome is a personal journey, and we take the time to fully understand your needs.

At our clinic, you're more than just a face or name. Our team of specially trained nurses keeps constant communication with our patients, ensuring that they feel empowered during treatment. To schedule a consultation or learn more, call our office in Lubbock, TX, at:

(806) 788-1212

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"I Owe My Pregnancy to Her and Her Qualified Team"

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Lisa Hisaw

2019

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We appreciate Dr. Dorsett and all of her office team for everything they did for us to give us our blessings. Dr. Dorsett is very knowledgable and it's clear that she truly loves the work that she does. She is straightforward with you and tells you exactly what her thoughts are which was comforting for us since this was such a new experience for us. Her office team all made us feel like family and made the struggle with infertility so much easier to go through. We cannot say enough good things about this office and highly reccomend Dr. Dorsett to anyone else who is struggling to conceive.

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Pamela Garza

2016

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My experience with Dr. Dorsett was amazing. I'll recommend her to everyone requiring fertility assistance. She was calm and comforting, and I owe my pregnancy to her and her qualified team. My husband and I chose IVF. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine was very helpful as far as laying out the cost of the procedure up front. We were able to take a year and save for it. A well made decision! I am now pregnant with 2 twin girls and could not be happier. We will visit Dr. Dorsett again in a couple years to add to our family. I honestly can't wait. Thank you, Janelle. We'll see you soon.

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How is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Diagnosed?

There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Doctors may use a combination of physical exams, reviewing medical history, ultrasounds, and blood tests. Women receive a polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis if they show two out of three symptoms:

  1. High androgen levels
  2. Irregular menstrual cycles
  3. Cysts in ovaries

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Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility

Having polycystic ovary syndrome makes it more challenging to get pregnant, but it doesn't make it impossible, especially when you have help from a fertility doctor. Women normally release one egg during ovulation each month. For PCOS patients, hormonal imbalances suppress the egg from developing or releasing during ovulation. This results in missed or irregular periods, making pregnancy difficult. Our clinic in Lubbock, TX, offers a variety of different treatments to help women successfully conceive.

What Are My Treatment Options to Improve Fertility?

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Lifestyle Changes

For women who are overweight, lifestyle changes can improve symptoms and help regulate menstrual cycles. We recommend eating a nutritious diet and exercising daily to reach a healthy weight. Eating nutrient-rich foods, adequate amounts of protein, and cutting out high-sugar and processed foods is a great place to start.

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Medication

If lifestyle changes don't help, women can take medication to promote healthy ovulation. Fertility medication is taken at the start of each cycle to induce the ovaries to release an egg. If oral medication is unsuccessful, women can use injectable hormones to stimulate follicle growth and maturation. Your doctor monitors this process with vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests. 

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IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an excellent option for patients who don't have success with medication. Women take daily injectable fertilization medication to stimulate their ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are retrieved in a minor procedure and fertilized in a laboratory with sperm, forming an embryo. The embryo is transferred to the uterus at our Lubbock, TX, clinic.

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Surgery

Polycystic ovary syndrome patients typically have a thick outer layer on their ovaries, causing more testosterone to be produced than normal. Laparoscopic ovarian drilling breaks down the outer layer, lowering the amount of androgens. Ovulation is triggered, and the ovaries release an egg every month, making it easier to conceive while regulating menstrual cycles.

What Medical Conditions are PCOS Linked to?

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Endometrial cancer

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Insulin Resistance

While many think PCOS only affects the ovaries, it is an endocrine disorder that can affect the entire body. Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome also struggle with insulin resistance, which contributes to issues in the ovaries. Insulin resistance causes high levels of male hormones to occur, such as excess testosterone. Along with implementing lifestyle changes, a medication named Metformin is a great option for improving insulin levels and reducing blood sugar. If left untreated, insulin resistance can lead to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Differences Between PCOS and Fibroids

Polycystic ovary syndrome is commonly confused with uterine fibroids due to their similar symptoms. While both are caused by a hormonal imbalance, they are not the same condition. Fibroids cause noncancerous growths in the uterus which can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and infertility. Fibroids do not affect the ovaries and aren't related to the cysts sometimes seen in PCOS. The cause of both fibroids and polycystic ovary syndrome is currently unknown, which may add to the two conditions being confused. With state-of-the-art technology and a thorough evaluation process, Dr. Dorsett can reach a conclusive diagnosis with no second guesses.

"Dr. Dorsett and Her Staff Are Very Knowledgeable"

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Rebecca Casares

2018

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They have an amazing staff and Dr. Dorsett was a our last hope. She was straight shooter and told us right a way what needed to be done. I proud to say we are parents to amazing 3 year old now.

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Danielle Kelton

2017

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I had a great experience. Dr. Dorsett and her staff are very knowledgeable in what they are doing. I have two health 10 week old twin girls and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to carry and birth my girls. What a blessing!

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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