We found 12 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Castro Valley, CA.

Dr. Mary De Raismes Hinckley, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
100 Park Place; #200
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Mary Hinckley's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hinckley obtained her medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. Dr. Hinckley's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Surgical Procedures, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Recurrent ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan P Willman, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
100 Park Place; #200
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Susan Willman is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. Dr. Willman takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Hypothyroidism, Surgical Procedures, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Recurrent ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcia Constance Peck, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
20130 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 201
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Marcia Peck's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Peck graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Peck honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Evan M Rosenbluth, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics
100 Park Place; #200
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Evan Rosenbluth, who practices in Orinda, CA and San Ramon, CA, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics. Dr. Rosenbluth is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for his residency.

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All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Hypothyroidism, Laser Surgery, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Recurrent ... (Read more)

Dr. Yshay Shlesinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
111 Deerwood Road; #180
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Yshay Shlesinger is an adult endocrinologist. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Shlesinger's clinical interests encompass disorders of calcium metabolism, osteoporosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP), and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shlesinger trained at North Shore University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shlesinger is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Kalaokalani Chandler, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
20126 Stanton Avenue; Suite 201
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kalaokalani Chandler, who practices in Hayward, CA and Castro Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Chandler obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chandler (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. She also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Persian, and Portuguese. Her professional affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chandler's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rama D Polisetty, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
27212 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Rama Polisetty is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Hayward, CA. She is especially interested in women's health issues. Dr. Polisetty is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Andhra Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Polisetty completed residency programs at White Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Polisetty (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, St. Rose Hospital, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Breast Issues, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Lynn Cowan, MD
Specializes in Other, General Gynecology
27212 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Beth Cowan, who practices in Pleasanton, CA and Hayward, CA, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Cowan performed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Rose Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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All Interests: Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Pre-Eclampsia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea R Mendelssohn, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 200
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Mendelssohn specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Castro Valley, CA and Berkeley, CA. Dr. Mendelssohn's clinical interests encompass women's health issues. She takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mendelssohn's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
27212 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward, CA
 

Dr. Shamsi Vatannia is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. In Dr. Vatannia's practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Vatannia completed residency programs at Albany Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. She speaks Persian. Dr. Vatannia is affiliated with Eden Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1300 Bancroft Avenue; Suite 204
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Miriam Rhew specializes in general pediatrics and practices in San Leandro, CA. She honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Before completing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Rhew attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rhew's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Nutrition Counseling, Adolescent Issues, Mouth Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonia Louise Badheka, DO
Specializes in Obstetrics
20101 Lake Chabot Road; 4th Floor
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Sonia Badheka's specialty is obstetrics. In addition to English, Dr. Badheka speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Badheka graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then she performed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cesarean Section, Essure, Ectopic Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common endocrine disorder that causes symptoms such as acne, facial hair, and weight gain. It is often diagnosed when patients experience problems getting pregnant, because PCOS can interfere with ovulation. There is no cure for PCOS, but there are effective treatments that can lessen the severity of the symptoms.

Despite the name, not everyone with polycystic ovarian syndrome develops cysts on their ovaries. It is also possible to have ovarian cysts without having PCOS. The symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome are actually related to insulin resistance, a condition where the insulin made by the body is not effectively recognized by the cells. This causes the pancreas to release higher levels of insulin in order to keep blood sugar levels stable, and the excess insulin interferes with hormone production in the pituitary and ovaries, causing the PCOS symptoms.

The symptoms of PCOS include:
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Facial or body hair
  • Thinning head hair
  • Missing or irregular periods
  • Infertility

PCOS is a syndrome, which means that if you have PCOS you might not have each and every symptom. Even a few of them might be enough to have your physician check you for polycystic ovarian syndrome. Your doctor might perform an exam and order blood tests to measure your hormone levels.

Treatment for PCOS may include:
  • Insulin sensitizers, which help your body use the insulin you produce more effectively, lowering hormone levels. The most commonly used insulin sensitizer is metformin.
  • Weight loss. Being overweight does not cause PCOS, and PCOS can make losing weight difficult. Still, weight loss can improve symptoms for many women.
  • Birth control pills to regulate menstruation and sometimes reduce symptoms such as acne.
  • Fertility medications, especially medications to stimulate ovulation such as clomiphene.
  • Anti-androgen medications, which work to treat symptoms such as acne and facial hair.
  • Low-carb diets, which work similarly to insulin sensitizers to lower hormone levels and help reduce weight.
  • Ovarian drilling or resectioning, surgical procedures sometimes performed if infertility is a persistent problem. These procedures open up the wall of the ovary to temporarily make ovulation more likely.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women. Left untreated, it can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Fortunately there are many good treatment options available.
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