We found 7 providers with an interest in polycystic ovary syndrome and who accept Aetna Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Michael Heard is a reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician, and gynecologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Heard average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and high risk pregnancy. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Heard attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX), and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Daniel Mundy practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Houston, TX. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Mundy completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mundy include menopause, well woman care, and colposcopy. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mundy takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Theresa Robinson is a physician who specializes in general practice, general surgery, and obstetrics & gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Robinson average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Robinson's areas of expertise include pap test, ablation, and adolescent issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Fannin Surgicare. Dr. Robinson welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Alvaro Montealegre is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. Dr. Montealegre is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Autonomous University of Central America for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Methodist Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez is a medical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. Dr. Gonzalez is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing her residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Dr. Gonzalez attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. William S Velasquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Velasquez specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Velasquez's areas of expertise include the following: spinal cord tumor, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of National University of San Marcos. Dr. Velasquez is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She 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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