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    Angry Looking for a Dr. in Albany, NY

    Hi everyone. I'm brand new to this site. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 3 years ago although I've been having symptoms of it since my teens. (I'm 31 now). My regular ob/gyn prescribed birth control pills to regulate my periods. I recently got married and now want to get pregnant. My regular ob/gyn sent me to a high risk pregnancy doctor (I have an extensive medical history) for a pre-consultation work-up. All of my blood tests and urine test looked good and he gave me the go ahead on TTC. When I reminded him about my PCOS and asked him how long I should try on my own before seeking help from an endocrinologist or fertility specialist, he rolled his eyes and gave me a big sigh. He started to tell me how the term PCOS is so casually used to describe anything wrong with a woman these days. He asked me if I self diagnosed myself. This made me mad. I said, "no, my ob/gyn sent me to a specialist who did an internal ultrasound and showed me the cysts right on the screen as he was doing the ultrasound. So then he said, "well, that doesn't necessarily equal infertility. Infertility is defined by not conceiving after 12 months of unprotected sex."
    Ugh! So, my plan had been to try on my own for a few months and then seek additional help because if I'm not ovulating on my own then I'm not going to just suddenly start, right?!
    Any suggestions for me? And does anyone know of PCOS friendly doctors in upstate NY?

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    Hi fellow NY'er! Near Oneonta here! Sorry to hear you have one of "those" doc's I can't recommend a doctor for you in that area, but I think there was a couple recommended there if you check the old posts on the recommend a doc thread. Something like Albany infertility or something or Albany reproductive .......wish I could remember. And if you get to see a doctor that listens well and knows what the heck they are doing , you may want to fib a bit and instead of saying you tried for a few months, tell them you have been "not preventing" for about a year.Just stretch the truth if you can? lol
    One more thing, you may want to start tracking your BBT and see if you are ovulating for a couple of months.That will help, you can walk into the DR office with charts in hand. And I am sure the ladies on the TTC board would help with better suggestions on you fertility issues if you ask.
    Good luck!
    Karen
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    Hi Danielle,

    I am from the Capitol District, Clifton Park to be exact. I am currently using Dr. Henriques on Everett Road in Albany. His telephone number is listed in the yellow pages. He is a reproductive endocrinologist.

    I have been using him for some time now. The nurses in his office are superb. There names are Regina, Patty and Chrystal. The office is very prompt in returning you telephone calls and is pretty knowledgable on PCOS.

    I started out ttc on 2 rounds of Clomid, then I had a laparoscopy, dye test, and ovarian drilling. I am currently on my 2nd round of injectables (Gonal-F). The office monitors you very closely, as they should.

    If you would like to e-mail me, I can be reached at tonigrem@yahoo.com. I would be happy to be you capitol region buddy!!!

    Good Luck! Hope to hear from you!

    Toni

    P.S. The other doctor that the above post refers to is Dr. Horvath (Albany). I have never used him, but it is very complicated to get an appointment with him (I tried). You need to fill out an extensive questionaire. Besides, Dr. Edgar Henriques trained Dr. Horvath anyway.

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    Hello!

    I'm Meagan and I just currently moved to the Albany area. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17...and I just turned 27 this past June. I have been taking the pill every month since I found out...and it's so annoying. I feel like I'm just satisfying my situation instead of trying to change it. I am also looking for a new doctor. My Dr that I have back home just tells me to keep taking the pill and she even prescribed me Metformin at one point. But she didn't fully explain to me what it was used for. She just said that diabetics use it and it helps with the insulin. So now I am looking for another doctor in this area. I am at the point in my life where I am thinking about children. So this is very important to me.

    I saw one suggestion for Dr. Alan Putterman in Niskayuna. Anyone know anything about him? I also saw the suggestion for Dr. Henriques. Is he a gynecologist as well? Or just an endocrinologist?

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    Hi Toni,

    I am just up the Northway from you and was diagnosed 3 years ago. I know this was an old post, but I was wondering if you were still seeing Dr. Henriques, and if so, how things are going. I have been doing everything my doctors have recommended, and seen very few lasting results. Any suggestions you might have would be helpful.

    Thanks!

    Mel

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    Hello! I'm also in Albany and just recently decided it's time for me to focus on my PCOS again. I haven't seen an Endo in about seven years. I've been getting my meds for PCOS from my gynecologist and GP, but I don't feel either of them is able to really delve deep into my issues. If you locate a good doctor, please post about it here. I'll do the same.

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    JewelFan: I grew up in that area but currently living in Houston Texas. I went to Dr. Putterman for years and my Mom who is a nurse actually worked for him. He is very good and he was actually the one who diagnosed me with PCOS when I was 15. For years my regular doctor thought I had PCOS but because I was so young no OB/GYN would diagnose me with it. They wouldn't even do the testing because of my age. Finally my mom suggested me going to the doctor that she worked for and he decided that he would to the testing to see if I had PCOS and properly diagnosed me with it. He is very knowledgeable or at least was when I was seeing him and very helpful.
    Danielle (31) DH (32)
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    Fourth Clomid cycle: BFP!! Hidden Content 1st Beta: 16 2nd Beta: 64 3rd Beta:708 4th Beta: 13,270

    HE'S HERE!!! Paxton Robert was born on October 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM weighing 3 lb 11 oz and 15 3/4 inches long. He was born at 31W 3D gestation.

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