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Dr. Krystel T. Babaran helps women understand PCOS

Dr. Krystel T. Babaran was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, in college. Since that time, she has researched and learned more about the condition and how to manage it. As a board certified Austin OBGYN, she can share her professional skills and her personal knowledge with her patients.

Patients should learn the signs and symptoms of PCOS

When women experience the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome, they should consult a physician to determine whether PCOS is the cause.

• Irregular periods, including heavy periods.
• Being overweight, particularly when the weight is primarily in the abdomen.
• Hirsutism, or excessive hair growth on the face, abdomen, upper thighs or chest.
• Acne, especially when it is severe or occurs after the adolescent years.
• Patches of darkened skin that are thickened and feel velvety.

Dr. Krystel T. Babaran urges women to get treatment to avoid complications

Women who ignore their symptoms are at risk for complications. For example, Dr. Babaran points out that women who ignore irregular periods caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome may experience long, heavy and painful periods. In addition, the uterine lining may thicken, increasing the risk of endometrial cancer when they get older.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome also increases the risk of developing diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome and infertility.

Our Austin OBGYN treats each woman with compassion and state-of-the-art medical skill

There are several treatments for PCOS, including lifestyle changes and medications. Dr. Babaran adopted a healthier lifestyle to help with her condition. She says, “I emphasize lifestyle changes because that is what I did. I tried to eat healthier, avoid sugar and exercise. I was able to lose weight and then my periods became more regular.”

In addition to healthier lifestyles, Dr. Krystel T. Babaran treats many women with hormonal birth control to help regulate their periods and decrease bleeding. If patients are planning to get pregnant, she can give them medication to help them ovulate to increase their chance of conceiving.

Dr. Babaran encourages women to take charge of their health

Lifestyle changes, knowledge and a doctor’s care are the keys to treating PCOS. Dr. Babaran explains, “Despite the complications and symptoms associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, there are a lot of things we can do to help manage patients’ symptoms. We can individualize their care.”

Women who think they may have polycystic ovarian syndrome or any other issue should contact us to make an appointment with our Austin OBGYN, Dr. Krystel T. Babaran.