Dr. Dan offers a variety of endocrine services for fertility and adolescent gynecology at our Santa Barbara clinic. Hormones play a huge role in managing the body’s overall health, including reproductive health and development. Some conditions, like PCOS, make conception and pregnancy more difficult. Hormonal disorders have symptoms ranging from mild to severe, and are sometimes difficult to properly diagnose.
If you have been diagnosed with a hormonal condition, or if you have symptoms like irregular periods, unexplained weight changes, or extreme fatigue, Dr. Dan can help find answers and the most effective treatment for your health and family goals.
Endometriosis is a condition where cells normally found in the uterine lining grow in other places in the pelvis, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, and, occasionally, the rest of the body. During a menstrual cycle, these cells will grow and shed, which leads to irritation and painful scarring. We don’t know exactly what causes endometriosis, but certain hormone therapies are effective in managing the symptoms. Dr. Dan and his staff will cover these options in detail and help you make the best choice for your health and fertility needs.
POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
PCOS is a hormonal condition that may lead to fluid-filled growths in the ovaries that prevent them from releasing eggs normally. This can cause irregular periods that last longer than normal, with an unusually heavy flow. PCOS also negatively affects fertility, and is the most common cause of ovulation-based infertility. Treatments such as oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can regulate your hormones and minimize symptoms. However, as these medications also prevent pregnancy, they are not used for clients with PCOS who are trying to conceive. Lifestyle changes and hormonal treatments to regulate ovulation are often used for PCOS fertility clients.
OTHER ENDOCRINE SERVICES
At our facility at Santa Barbara, Dr. Dan can diagnose and treat many other endocrine-related conditions, including:
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Premature Ovarian Failure
Delayed Onset of Menses
Primary and Secondary Amenorrhea