PCOS Specialist La Follette TN

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.

Charles Michael Culbert, MD
(908) 273-4300
102 S Charles G Seivers Blvd
Clinton, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1960

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Katherine Clarke Haney MD
(615) 329-1242
2201 Murphy Ave
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Sabrina L Collins
(423) 648-6020
7490 Ziegler Road
Chattanooga, TN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Jack Roberts Crowder, MD
(423) 392-6370
2002 Brookside Dr
Kingsport, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Holston Valley Hosp & Med Ctr, Kingsport, Tn
Group Practice: Appalachian Ob/Gyn Assoc

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Mary Thomas Moss, MD
(615) 904-6742
503 E Bell St
Murfreesboro, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Middle Tennessee Med Ctr, Murfreesboro, Tn
Group Practice: Murfreesboro Radiology

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Kathryn J Stephens, MD
(704) 338-9752
710 N Main St
Clinton, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Carolinas Med Ctr, Charlotte, Nc; Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, Nc
Group Practice: Laurel Ob/Gyn Assoc

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M Bruce Hirsch, MD
(615) 284-7755
2021 Church St
Nashville, TN
Business
Nashville Ob/Gyn Associates
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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David James Watlington
(931) 474-1140
153 Vo Tech Dr
Mc Minnville, TN
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.Joseph Carter
(865) 481-0200
200 New York Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr Of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tn
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Peter Larson Clark, MD
(423) 586-4231
609 McFarland St
Morristown, TN
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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