PCOS Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause significant problems if you’re trying to get pregnant, maintain a healthy weight, and much more. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, knows that early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS may prevent serious, long-term complications, such as diabetes and infertility. If you have PCOS symptoms, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hafizi today.


What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal disorder that affects one in 10 women in the United States. This hormone imbalance may cause irregular or lengthened menstrual periods or a high level of male hormones. In some PCOS cases, numerous clusters of small ovarian cysts grow on the ovaries.

PCOS creates hormonal imbalances and metabolism problems that may negatively affect your overall health and self-esteem. Difficulty maintaining a healthy body size and getting pregnant are common problems associated with PCOS.

Proper treatment at Metropolitan Women’s Center may significantly reduce unpleasant symptoms and help prevent long-term complications of PCOS.

What are the signs and symptoms of PCOS?

Signs and symptoms of PCOS are typically mild at first. PCOS symptoms often appear around the same time as your first menstrual period, but it’s possible to develop this condition later.

Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight
  • Excess hair growth on your face and body
  • Trouble getting pregnant
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Thinning hair on your scalp
  • Acne

What complications can PCOS lead to?

If left untreated, PCOS can lead to serious health issues, some of which may be long-term. Complications of PCOS include:

  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage or premature birth
  • Obesity
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders

How do you diagnose and treat PCOS?

First, Dr. Hafizi performs a physical and pelvic exam to look for signs of PCOS. During the exam, she asks questions about your medical history and menstrual cycles. She may check your blood sugar and hormone levels with a lab test, or order an in-office ultrasound to look for ovarian cysts.

If you do have PCOS, Dr. Hafizi may recommend lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and routine physical activity for weight control. Even a 5% reduction in body weight can improve symptoms of PCOS.

In addition to diet and exercise, Dr. Hafizi may prescribe medications to help regulate your hormones and reduce severe PCOS symptoms.

If you think you might have PCOS, don’t wait to get diagnosed and treated. Call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.