New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2007
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has become the "diagnosis du jour" for conventional doctors at a loss for why teens have irregular periods, become overweight, suffer with acne and become too hairy, according to the latest blog from Erika Schwartz MD at DrErika.com.
These diagnoses create a slew of unnecessary treatments and tests that scare the young women and their mothers into a state of panic without providing them with healthy solutions and hope.
"Too many young women with their mothers come to see me scared out of their wits by doctors who tell them their daughters will become diabetic, infertile and possibly even victims of cancer,'' writes DrErika, the founder of http://www.DrErika.com - a site dedicated to helping women become strong, smart and healthy through education, empowerment and kindness.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder with symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, increased facial, arm and leg hair and sugar cravings. DrErika says not all PCOS is the same. Since every person is different, PCOS is just a diagnosis and while in some cases, the whole constellation of symptoms associated with the syndrome is apparent, in most cases it is not. Make sure you take a realistic and honest look at what is really bothering your daughters. Don't let the doctors tell you what the symptoms are. Look, listen and speak with your daughter.
In her blog, DrErika lists the medications most frequently recommended for PCOS and says that they are dangerous and of no proven help to the individual symptoms or the overall problem. Instead she recommends treatments that her patients use which have a high level of success and no negative side-effects.
http://www.drerika.com is dedicated to providing an honest view on health care topics and issues from a position of devoted patient advocacy. It doesn't tailor its stories to suit sponsors - it has no sponsors.
DrErika is an internationally-recognized patient advocate, practicing physician, expert in conventional and integrative medicine and a frequent guest on TV and radio. She has written four books, lectures on health and wellness issues and authored a magazine column read by more than 10 million people a week.