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 is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Oderman is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oderman attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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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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 specializes in adult endocrinology. She is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Maricopa Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Aghighi's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. Dr. Aghighi's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Aghighi has an open panel.

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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 general obstetrician and gynecologist in Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Watsonville, CA. Dr. Beingesser's areas of expertise include women's health issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Beingesser attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Beingesser honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She has an open panel.

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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 is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in women's health issues. Dr. Salvay is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Salvay's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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

Dr. Matthew Bryan Stenerson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Stenerson's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. His clinical interests include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stenerson accepts. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Stenerson's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leigh Mueller specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Mueller is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Dr. Mueller attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Early Childhood Development, Mouth Problems, Obesity, ... (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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