Reproductive disorders of the endocrine system, like polycystic ovary syndrome, can change every aspect of your life, often causing serious physical, mental, and emotional damage without treatment. At her practice in Midtown Manhattan, experienced reproductive endocrinologist Sarah Fishman, MD, PhD, CNSC, provides the personalized and compassionate medical care you need to feel and function at your peak again. Set up your appointment by calling the New York City office or scheduling online.
Reproductive disorders are disorders that involve reproductive hormones. In women, these hormones include estrogen and progesterone; in men, testosterone.
Your pituitary gland regulates reproductive hormones using luteinizing hormone (in men and women) and follicle stimulating hormone (in women). But, when the hormones aren’t functioning properly, you can experience painful and frustrating symptoms.
Reproductive hormone disorders include:
Ovarian insufficiency means you have undeveloped or nonfunctioning ovaries. It can cause irregular or absent periods, hot flashes, night sweats, infertility, and other issues.
PCOS is a condition in which you have reproductive hormone imbalance and metabolic issues. Women with PCOS have problems with egg development, egg release, or both. Other problems include irregular periods, enlarged ovaries, and elevated androgen (male hormone) levels.
Low testosterone means insufficient sex hormone in men. Women also produce some testosterone. Low testosterone issues include libido loss, mood swings, and muscle loss.
There are also a number of uncommon reproductive disorders, such as aromatase deficiency and aromatase excess syndrome.
Menopause, while technically not a reproductive disorder, often causes a variety of frustrating problems for women starting around age 50 as their hormone levels decrease naturally. For that reason, menopause is often considered a reproductive system problem.
If you’re experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, vaginal dryness, or other symptoms that interfere with your happiness and health, Dr. Fishman can help.
These symptoms are usually tied to hormone depletion, and hormone replacement therapy can alleviate your discomfort. Dr. Fishman is a hormone expert, meaning you don’t have to be miserable as you go through menopause.
Dr. Fishman provides personalized treatment for your reproductive disorder. If you have a hormone imbalance, which is often the case with hormone reproductive disorders, she can balance your hormones with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
Sometimes, lifestyle changes can help. For example, women with PCOS often benefit from weight loss because it helps rebalance hormones naturally.
The duration of your treatment varies according to your particular hormone disorder. But, in general, you won’t require this treatment for the rest of your life.
Dr. Fishman understands the difficulties involved in reproductive hormone disorders. She makes you more comfortable by helping your body function the way it’s intended to.
If you’re struggling with menopause, PCOS, or other reproductive hormone problems, call the office of Sarah Fishman MD PhD PC or click the online appointment maker.