PCOS services offered in Mobile, AL


At Ringhoffer OB-GYN in Mobile, Alabama, Carolyn Ringhoffer, MD, understands the complexities of women's health, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Ringhoffer is here to provide compassionate care and effective treatment options for women dealing with PCOS. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

What causes PCOS?

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. While the exact cause is unknown, factors such as genetics, insulin resistance, and hormonal imbalances are believed to play a role. Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgens, also known as male hormones, which can interfere with normal ovulation and menstrual cycles.

What are signs I have PCOS?

Signs and symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman, but common indicators include irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial or body hair (hirsutism), acne, and weight gain. Some women with PCOS may also experience difficulty getting pregnant due to irregular ovulation or infertility issues. 

Additionally, PCOS can increase the risk of developing other health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

How does a doctor diagnose and treat PCOS?

Diagnosing PCOS usually entails a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination, and laboratory tests. Dr. Ringhoffer may conduct blood tests to assess hormone levels and utilize ultrasound imaging to examine the ovaries for cysts and other indicative signs.

Once diagnosed, our team will collaborate closely with you to craft a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs and objectives. Treatment for PCOS focuses on symptom management, menstrual cycle regulation, and mitigating the risk of long-term health issues. Depending on your specific circumstances, treatment options may include:

Lifestyle Modifications 

Making healthy lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress, can help improve symptoms of PCOS and promote overall well-being.


Dr. Ringhoffer has the option to recommend medications aimed at regulating menstrual cycles, reducing androgen levels, and enhancing insulin sensitivity. These medications might encompass birth control pills, anti-androgen medications, and drugs designed to improve insulin sensitivity.

Fertility Treatments 

If infertility arises due to PCOS, fertility treatments such as ovulation induction medications or assisted reproductive technologies (ART) may be suggested to aid conception.

Ongoing Support and Monitoring 

Throughout your journey with PCOS, our team will provide ongoing support, guidance, and monitoring to ensure that your treatment plan is effective and adjusted as needed to meet your changing needs.

Dr. Ringhoffer is dedicated to helping women with PCOS live healthy, fulfilling lives. Contact the office today by phone or online to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward managing your PCOS effectively.