PCOS Specialist Dunn NC

By and large, the most common reason for persistent irregularity is PCOS. Characterized by an excessive amount of estrogen and androgen (male hormone), coupled with insulin resistance, PCOS leads to anovulation (failure to release an egg from the ovary) and irregular menses.

Dr.Janice Alexander
(919) 782-6700
103 Hunt Drive
Dunn, NC
Gender
F
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Michael Zich
(910) 892-4092
608 Tilghman Drive
Dunn, NC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Hospital: Betsy Johnson Mem Hosp, Dunn, Nc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael John Zich, MD
(910) 892-4092
608 Tilghman Dr
Dunn, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Betsy Johnson Mem Hosp, Dunn, Nc
Group Practice: Dunn Ob-Gyn Assoc

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Alvin Judson Southworth, MD
(252) 330-4302
1134 N Road St
Elizabeth City, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1957

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Brad L Hilaman
(910) 457-9292
823 N Atlantic Ave
Southport, NC
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Thomas Giebmanns
(910) 897-7711
805 Tilghman Dr Ste B
Dunn, NC
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Patrick Hampton Gray
(910) 892-0200
700 Tilghman Dr
Dunn, NC
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Professional Women's Health
(910) 897-7711
805 Tilghman Dr Ste B
Dunn, NC

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Dr.NICOLE KERNER
(919) 782-1307
2601 Lake Dr # 103
Raleigh, NC
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F
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Laurie May Marston, MD
(919) 233-1311
3805 Computer Dr
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, Nc
Group Practice: Kamm McKenzie Harden Smith & Bass Marston & Saacks Mds Pllc

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Irregular Periods

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Teraona Low Dog, MD, is the director of the fellowship for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

A.First off, keep in mind that regular is relative. Many women believe that if their periods don’t come every 28 days, something is wrong with them. But if you have a consistent cycle of 35 or even 40 days, that’s normal for you. That said, roughly 30 percent of women have irregular periods at some point, and some fluctuation is fine—during puberty, perimenopause, and after pregnancy or breast-feeding. Even women with regular menses can skip a cycle now and then due to stress, travel, or other hiccups in their routine, and it’s nothing to worry about.

But if you’re going months without menstruating or feel like you never know when your period will come, that’s irregular. If you haven’t already, you should see your doctor and get checked for abnormalities that could affect your cycle—hormonal imbalances caused by a thyroid problem and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are the most common. Even tiny disruptions in prolactin, cortisol, or other hormones can disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle. An overactive thyroid can cause scant or absent periods, while an underactive thyroid can lead to irregular cycles with heavy bleeding.

By and large, the most common reason for persistent irregularity is PCOS. Characterized by an excessive amount of estrogen and androgen (male hormone), coupled with insulin resistance, PCOS leads to anovulation (failure to release an egg from the ovary) and irregular menses. Women with PCOS may have cysts (typically small and benign) on their ovaries, acne, and excessive hair growth on the chin or upper lip; they may also be overweight, obese, or have difficulty getting pregnant. It also increases your risk for developing estrogen-driven cancers (breast and uterine), heart disease, and diabetes due to long-term exposure to high levels of insulin.

Sounds serious, but you can get your cycle back on track (and even treat PCOS) with diet, exercise, weight management, and herbs.
Healthy diet, healthy cycle
Eating the right foods and supplementing for optimal nutrient absorption can help you get regular. Some guidelines:
Follow a low-glycemic, low-fat diet, and reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates. This helps to reduce insulin resistance—one of the main drivers of anovulation and hormone imbalance—and is especially important if you have PCOS.
Take a multivitamin, and make sure you get the daily requirements for calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. While these supplements won’t correct your menstrual irregularity, studies show that women with infrequent, irregular periods may be at greater risk for osteoporosis later in life.
Take an iron supplement with vitamin C (to enhance iron absorption) if your doctor says you’re anemic. If you bleed heavily or for longer than the normal three to five days, you may be at risk for anemia.

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