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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 specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. His areas of expertise include pap test, male infertility, and male reproductive disorders. On average, patients gave Dr. Allon a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Allon attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Allon has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Allon (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Menopause, Cyst Removal, Infertility, Gynecologic Procedures, Nutrition Issues, Hysteroscopy, Pap ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ryan Steward practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Steward's clinical interests include high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Patient ratings for Dr. Steward average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Steward attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dorothy Roach's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology; she sees patients in Shenandoah, TX, Conroe, TX, and Humble, TX. Her areas of expertise include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and endometriosis. Patient ratings for Dr. Roach average 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Roach attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Texas, and Baylor College of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is 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. Sandra Margaret Bello, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Bello, who practices in Cypress, TX, Tomball, TX, and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Before completing her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Bello attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bello include high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bello's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (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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