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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.