We found 4 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Michael A Allon, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Michael Allon is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. He works in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and College Station, TX. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Allon attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: pap test, male infertility, and male reproductive disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Allon accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Allon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Allon's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Dr. Dorothy J Roach, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
111 Vision Park; Suite 110
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Dorothy Roach specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roach include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and endometriosis. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Texas, and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Roach is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis

Dr. Ryan Goodson Steward, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Steward specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steward include male infertility, male reproductive disorders, and prenatal diagnosis. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Steward accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Dr. Sandra Margaret Bello, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Bello practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bello trained at Pennsylvania Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Bello include male infertility, male reproductive disorders, and prenatal diagnosis. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bello is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bello is open to 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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