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We found 4 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Health Net EPO near Modesto, CA.

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Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4213 Dale Road; Suite 1
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Catherine Song practices general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Song's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Song speaks Korean. She is affiliated with Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1400 Florida Avenue; Suite 207
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Sean Clare specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Modesto, CA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Clare include women's health issues. Patients rated Dr. Clare highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Clare is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Infertility, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
200 W Coolidge Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Susan Ways' medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Ways's clinical interests include women's health issues. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ways takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ways (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Gynecology
200 W. Coolidge Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Norman Low specializes in general gynecology and practices in Modesto, CA. His areas of expertise include women's health issues. Dr. Low's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Dr. Low attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, NovaSure, Infertility, Nutrition Issues, ... (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.