Disorders of the ovary may affect sex hormone production and fertility. Wayne Furr, MD, and the team of endocrinologists at Valdosta Specialty Clinic in Valdosta, Georgia, are experts at diagnosing and treating disorders of the ovary. They take a personalized approach to care, conducting thorough evaluations so they can customize your plan to best meet your needs. To find out more about disorders of the ovary, call the office today to schedule an evaluation, or click on the online contact page to send a message.
Ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. They’re oval-shaped glands located on either side of your uterus.
Your ovaries produce, store, and release eggs for pregnancy. They also produce the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle, including estrogen and progesterone.
Disorders of the ovary include any condition that affects the structure or function of the ovaries. Different types include:
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a hormonal condition that occurs when the ovaries produce high amounts of androgens (male sex hormones). This hormonal imbalance causes an irregular menstrual cycle, affecting fertility.
Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
POI is a rare condition when a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs before age 40. This also means they stop producing sex hormones, which increases the risk of health issues related to hormonal changes like osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Ovarian cysts are benign growths that develop on or inside the ovaries. These cysts are common and usually come and go without causing symptoms.
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries.
Disorders of the ovary affect women of all ages. PCOS is the most common.
The experienced endocrinologists at Valdosta Specialty Clinic know how disorders of the ovary can affect your physical and emotional well-being. They conduct thorough evaluations to understand your condition, how it affects your life, and your goals for treatment so they can create the most effective care plan.
They review your symptoms, medical history, gynecological history, and family history. They perform a physical exam and run bloodwork to check hormone levels. They may also perform an ultrasound to evaluate your ovaries and look for signs of disease, like cysts or growths.
In addition, they may request a biopsy to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
Treatments for disorders of the ovary depend on the type, symptoms, and family planning needs. The team works closely with you, creating a plan that eases your symptoms, meets goals, and improves your quality of life.
Treatment may include:
Disorders of the ovary affect hormone balance, fertility, and overall health. For expert care for your disorder of the ovary, schedule a consultation by calling the office today or reaching out online.