PCOS services offered in Lakewood, WA


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects fertility and appearance and may increase the risk of developing chronic health issues like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Jessica Kirkwood, ARNP, and the highly qualified team at The Women’s Clinic in Lakewood, Washington, specialize in diagnosing and treating PCOS. The Women's Clinic offers extensive testing to find the cause of your symptoms and concerns. Call The Women's Clinic today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about PCOS. Telemedicine appointments are available.


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Does having an ovarian cyst mean I have PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause small cysts on the ovaries. However, ovarian cysts are common and not always a symptom of PCOS. Additionally, not everyone with PCOS has ovarian cysts. Despite the name, ovarian cysts aren’t always a sign of PCOS.

PCOS affects ovulation, the release of the egg from the ovary during the menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS have an irregular menstrual cycle and may not always ovulate, causing the cysts to form.

If you have a long menstrual cycle, skip periods, or have less than eight periods a year, then you may have PCOS. Acne, excessive facial hair, and difficulty managing weight are also common symptoms of PCOS.


What causes PCOS?

PCOS occurs because of an imbalance in hormone production. Women with PCOS make too much androgen, a male sex hormone present in women in small amounts. Too much androgen affects ovulation, leading to missed periods and ovarian cysts. The ovarian cysts make androgen hormones.

Many women with PCOS also have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose from the blood into the cell. Insulin resistance means the insulin is having a hard time doing its job. Glucose levels rise, and the body makes more insulin to compensate. 

Researchers theorize that high blood insulin levels may also contribute to an overproduction of androgen.


What tests diagnose PCOS?

The team at The Women's Clinic takes a whole-person approach to care. Before testing, they perform a thorough history and physical to better understand your overall health and concerns.

If they suspect PCOS is causing your irregular periods and weight struggles, they may order tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Testing for PCOS may include:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Blood work 

Your provider talks with you about the tests you need and the information they will provide. They contact you when they have the results to discuss the next steps.


What can I do to manage my PCOS?

The expert team at The Women's Clinic spends time talking to you about PCOS, how it affects your health, and all of your treatment options. They want you to understand your health needs so you can make informed decisions about your care.

PCOS management may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Engaging in regular exercise
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Anti-androgen medication

Your provider also talks to you about cosmetic services for PCOS.

Call The Women's Clinic today or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation.