We found 4 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Humana Bronze 6450/HMO Premier near Weston, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code F20
Weston, FL
 

Dr. A. Kennedy is an adult endocrinology specialist. Before completing his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Queen's University Belfast. His clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), amenorrhea (missed periods), and adrenal cancer. Patients gave Dr. Kennedy an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Cleveland Super Doctors; Award as Exemplary Teacher, University of Florida; and Honeyman-Gillespie Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Low Testosterone, Type 1 Diabetes, Blood Tests, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Bd10
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Barry Peskin, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Peskin include well woman gynecology, essure, and menopause. Dr. Peskin is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Dr. Peskin performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of the Witwatersrand. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Cervical Dysplasia, Essure, Contraception, Endometrial Biopsy, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Tamilla Fork specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), colposcopy, and menopause. Dr. Fork is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Bayfront Medical Center's residency program. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fork takes.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Carmen Villabona has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid ultrasound, pituitary tumor, and thyroid cancer. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Villabona graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Villabona is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Thyroid Nodules, Thyroid Problems, Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Addison's Disease, Adrenal ... (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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