We found 5 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept EmblemHealth near Rocky Point, NY.

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6144 Route 25a
Wading River, NY
 

Dr. Mindy Shaffran's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include menopause, pre-eclampsia, and amenorrhea (missed periods). She is rated highly by her patients. Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shaffran accepts. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Shaffran trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Shaffran (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervix ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
333 Route 25a
Rocky Point, NY
 

Dr. Julie Welischar is a general OB/GYN. She attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Metropolitan Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Welischar's areas of expertise include menopause, colposcopy, and pre-eclampsia. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervix ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
333 Route 25a
Rocky Point, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Porte is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. His clinical interests include menopause, colposcopy, and pre-eclampsia. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Porte is in-network for Vytra, MagnaCare, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Porte's education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Colposcopy, Pre-Eclampsia, Infertility, Amenorrhea, Cryosurgery, Loop ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
333 Rte. 25a
Rocky Point, NY
 

Dr. Robert Okeefe's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Okeefe's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, colposcopy, and pre-eclampsia. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fidelis, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Okeefe trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Colposcopy, Pre-Eclampsia, Infertility, Amenorrhea, Cryosurgery, Loop ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Gynecology
333 Route 25 A
Rocky Point, NY
 

Dr. Mark Funt is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Funt is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Funt's areas of expertise include menopause, infertility, and cryosurgery. He is an in-network provider for Vytra, MagnaCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Funt obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Infertility, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervix ... (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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