PCOS Specialist

Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP

Internist & Medical Weight Loss Specialist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is more common than you may realize, affecting about 10% of women, who struggle with weight gain, irregular menstrual periods, and excessive facial hair growth. Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, in Beverly Hills, California, is a leading expert in weight loss and metabolic diseases who specializes in integrative medicine that treats all the aspects of your health that are affected by PCOS. If you’d like to receive health care and counseling from a physician dedicated to supporting your long-term well-being, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

PCOS Q & A

What causes PCOS?

PCOS is caused by an imbalance in androgens and insulin. High blood levels of insulin trigger the overproduction of androgens and promote fat storage, so you gain weight. Abnormally high levels of androgens, which includes hormones like testosterone, interfere with the normal functioning of your ovaries. As a result, you stop ovulating.


What symptoms develop due to PCOS?

While many women with PCOS have numerous ovarian cysts, you can have PCOS without developing cysts. When you have PCOS, you’ll have at least two of the three key symptoms:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding, including irregular periods, no periods, or heavy bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts, which can develop unnoticed
  • High androgen levels, which causes acne, hair loss, and hirsutism

Hirsutism refers to the excessive hair growth of coarse, dark hair on your face, chest, or thighs. This problem affects about 70% of women with PCOS, and it’s the most common sign of an androgen imbalance.


What health risks are caused by PCOS?

Hormone imbalances affect your entire body and increase your risk of serious health problems, including:

  • Infertility: PCOS is one of the top causes of infertility
  • Obesity: Up to 80% of women with PCOS are obese
  • Type 2 diabetes: This disease develops due to PCOS-induced insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome: A multifaceted condition that significantly increases your risk for cardiovascular disease

Metabolic syndrome includes a group of conditions that often occur together, including high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, reduced “good” cholesterol, and a waist larger than 35 inches.


How is PCOS treated?

As an expert in weight loss and clinical nutrition, Dr. Youdim takes a holistic approach to treating PCOS. After evaluating your physical, mental, and emotional health, she creates a plan that restores health in every aspect of your life, with a focus on dietary intervention and exercise to modify your weight, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Your treatment may include supplemental therapy and interventions that address belly fat. Dr. Youdim also develops a weight-loss protocol to enhance fertility and ovulation. She works together with you to ensure your treatment is customized for your individual metabolism and sustainable for the long run.

If you notice excessive hair growth, or you start to gain weight, call Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, or book an appointment online.