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We found 6 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Blue Shield of California - Federal Employee Program PPO near San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Diana Mirella Antoniucci, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Diana Antoniucci's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at Mayo Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Antoniucci include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Antoniucci honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Antoniucci speaks Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Hirsutism, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Elizabeth Earle, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Earle is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Earle attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Earle is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Bone Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Metabolism, Adrenal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kjersti Meyer Kirkeby, MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kjersti Kirkeby's medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. For her professional training, Dr. Kirkeby completed a residency program at California Pacific Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Kirkeby focuses on diabetes and metabolism. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kirkeby is conversant in Norwegian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Y Yin, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Anthony Yin is an endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA and Novato, CA. Before performing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Yin attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Yin's clinical interests encompass diabetes and metabolism. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yin offers language support for Cantonese and Spanish-speaking patients. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Bone Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Metabolism, Adrenal ... (Read more)

Dr. Pavithra Venkat, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1001 Potrero Avenue; #6d
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Pavithra Venkat's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Venkat attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Venkat is especially interested in women's health issues. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Venkat is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa E Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1375 Sutter Street; Suite 208
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Weinberg is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinberg include diabetes and metabolism. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weinberg attended Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Weinberg's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Hirsutism, Metabolism, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, ... (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.