Female Puberty Issues: Help for Teen Girls Some girls entering adolescence find they’re having problems with irregular periods, acne, unwanted hair, and obesity. These conditions, which can last for years, may be caused by hormonal problems that modern medicine can help. The experts at WVU Healthcare have years of experience treating teenagers and young adults with abnormalities of puberty and reproductive endocrinology, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Our patient-centered approach ensures the best care for teens and young adults with specialized gynecologic problems or special needs. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal imbalance. Women with PCOS produce an excessive amount of male sex hormones which disturbs the menstrual cycle and ovulation. PCOS can begin during the teenage years, and if left untreated can cause fertility problems. Some symptoms of PCOS are: Infrequent or no menstrual periods Hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back or upper thighs Acne or oily skin Weight gain or difficulty losing weight Thinning hair or male-pattern baldness Darkened skin around the neck or underarms Sleep problems Mood swings If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk with your doctor about PCOS. There are treatments available to help you feel better and keep you healthy in the years to come. How is PCOS diagnosed? The healthcare providers at the WVU Center for Reproductive Medicine are experts in treating teenagers and adults with reproductive endocrinology abnormalities, including PCOS. Our team includes: Adolescent medicine (teen health) specialists Gynecologists A registered dietician We strive to establish a physician/patient relationship that ensures every patient’s or parent’s comfort and confidence in discussing any health issues and concerns. Our providers will: Ask about symptoms Perform a complete physical examination Review your hormone levels Check cholesterol and other lipids Check for liver abnormalities Check for a family history of PCOS How is PCOS treated? There is no cure for PCOS, but it can be treated. We recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes eating nutritious foods and exercising which may eliminate or improve some symptoms. Medications may also be used to treat PCOS symptoms. Birth control pills can correct hormone imbalances, resulting in: Regular menstrual periods improved acne and skin problems Decreased hair growth At the Center for Reproductive Medicine, we will develop an individualized treatment plan for you or your teenager experiencing symptoms of PCOS. Patients are seen in our private, off-campus Center for Reproductive Medicine location, 1322 Pineview Drive, Morgantown. Call 304-598-3100 for an appointment.