We found 4 providers with an interest in endometriosis and who accept Cigna near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Robert J Altman, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Altman, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: infertility and women's health issues. Dr. Altman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Altman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon E Pont, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jon Pont is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Pont's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include infertility and women's health issues. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pont graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pont's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Collin B Smikle, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1400 Florida Avenue; Suite 207
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Collin Smikle practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in San Francisco, CA and Modesto, CA. Patients gave Dr. Smikle an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Smikle's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Laser Surgery, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, in Vitro Fertilization, Recurrent Miscarriage, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1400 Florida Avenue; Suite 207
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Sean Clare, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Clare include women's health issues. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is open to new patients. Dr. Clare attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Clare is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Infertility, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful disease that affects up to 10% of women during their childbearing years. It happens when cells that normally line the uterus migrate and appear in other parts of the body. These cells respond to monthly hormonal fluctuations and grow blood-rich tissue and shed it, just as they would inside the uterus. This can result in pain, and the bleeding can cause scar tissue to form. The thick, inflexible scar tissue (called an adhesion) can become very painful if it stops organs within the body from being able to move freely.

Endometriosis can happen almost anywhere in the body, but it happens most often within the pelvic cavity. The endometriosis lesions are most often seen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic wall, bladder, bowel, and intestines. Specific symptoms of endometriosis depend on where the lesions are located, but the most common are:
  • Pain, especially with the menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Diarrhea or constipation during the menstrual cycle
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Heavy or irregular periods

No one knows what causes endometriosis. It is more common in women who have relatives with endometriosis, who have never given birth, and those who have a history of pelvic infections. It is diagnosed by laparoscopy, where a small tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the body in order to take a close look at the area where endometriosis is suspected to be.

Treatment for endometriosis depends on the severity and location of the lesions. Sometimes surgery to remove the endometriosis or adhesions is the best option. Pain medication helps make the major symptom of endometriosis more bearable. Additionally, some women have had success taking birth control pills or progestins to reduce the fluctuations in hormones that cause the endometriosis activity.
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