Monday, October 14, 2013

Loyola fertility expert discusses treatments for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Suzanne Kavic holds wide-ranging interview with WJOL radio

Dr. Suzanne Kavic, director of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Loyola, treats patients from puberty to past menopause.

During this interview Dr. Kavic focused on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She says that women with PCOS usually come see her in their 20s or 30s. About 8-10 percent of women have PCOS, depending on the study.

Many of these patients have higher male hormone levels and have irregular periods, hair on the chest or thinning hair. Women with PCOS also tend to have more insulin in their system and often are prediabetic. But there are other conditions that can mimic these symptoms, like congenital adrenal hyperplasia, thyroid disorders, prolactin disorders, Cushings Syndrome and disorders of the adrenal gland or ovaries. Women of Mediterranean, Slavic and Jewish descent are at higher risk for this syndrome. They also may need some medical help to have children.

Women with PCOS who are overweight can see a decrease in symptoms if they lose some weight because extra fat produces some male hormone. 

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.