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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Specialist

Shamsah Amersi, MD -  - OB-GYN

Shamsah Amersi, MD

OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Amersi offers polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis and management to help women in and around Santa Monica, CA, get the treatment they need to lead the healthiest lives possible. Her compassionate approach to caring helps women feel comfortable about their health so they can make informed, confident decisions.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Q & A

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a relatively common condition that occurs in women who overproduce hormones called androgens, and it's one of the most common causes of infertility among women. Too much androgen causes tiny, fluid-filled cysts to form in the ovaries and prevents eggs from being released, making it difficult to become pregnant. PCOS can also cause other symptoms and side effects, including:

  • acne

  • missed or irregular periods

  • abnormal hair growth on the face or body

  • weight gain

  • depression or mood swings

Studies have also shown PCOS may also increase a woman's chances of developing heart disease.

What are the risk factors for PCOS?

The biggest risk factor for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome is heredity: If someone in your family has or has had polycystic ovarian syndrome, you have a much higher chance of having it as well. Your risk can also be increased if your family members have a history of diabetes or irregular periods. Some studies have also suggested that long-time use of seizure medications may increase the risk of PCOS.

How is PCOS diagnosed and treated?

PCOS may be diagnosed through ultrasounds or lab tests like blood work to test for increased levels of specific hormones or insulin resistance, which often occurs in women with PCOS. Once PCOS is diagnosed, you may also be screened for diabetes, heart disease or uterine cancer. There is no single cure for PCOS, but diet, exercise and other healthy habits can help mitigate its symptoms and decrease the risk for significant health problems like heart disease and diabetes. In some women, especially those who are planning to become pregnant, hormone therapy can help regulate ovulation and menstruation. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a treatment approach that's best for your needs and your lifestyle.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Net