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We found 6 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Laetitia Marie-Jane Poisson De Souzy, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Laetitia Oderman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Oderman include women's health issues. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Oderman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Bahar Aghighi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bahar Aghighi practices adult endocrinology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aghighi is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Maricopa Medical Center's residency program. She is conversant in Persian. Dr. Aghighi is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelli Rae Beingesser, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kelli Beingesser is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Watsonville, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Beingesser's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Beingesser attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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

Dr. Howard Bradley Salvay, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Salvay's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Salvay is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Salvay focuses on women's health issues. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Salvay's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Audrey Elisabeth Arzamendi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
815 Bay Avenue
Capitola, CA
 

Dr. Audrey Arzamendi specializes in adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Arzamendi's clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arzamendi accepts. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Arzamendi (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Mueller trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Breastfeeding 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.