We found 6 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Aetna Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Michael Joseph Heard, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics, Gynecology
1315 St. Joseph Pkwy Medical Place One; Suite 1305
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Heard is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. His clinical interests include obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and male infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Heard is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Heard is affiliated with Houston Methodist, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Daniel Owen Mundy, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6410 Fannin Street; #200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Mundy is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Mundy obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mundy has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
6410 Fannin; Suite 1200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Gonzalez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. Dr. Gonzalez is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Gonzalez is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alvaro Ignacio Montealegre, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
925 N Shepard Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvaro Montealegre is an obstetrician and gynecologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Montealegre include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. Dr. Montealegre honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Central America and performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Methodist Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Montealegre is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Laparoscopic Surgery, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Theresa Robinson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, General Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Hematology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Theresa Robinson's areas of specialization are general practice, general surgery, and obstetrics & gynecology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. Dr. Robinson's areas of expertise include the following: pap test, ablation, and adolescent issues. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. She studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Robinson is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel practices general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: warts, thyroid problems, and moles. The average patient rating for Dr. Patel is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients.

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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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