We found 3 providers with an interest in endometriosis and who accept Aetna POS near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Kathryn M Ray, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
3233 N Arlington Heights Road; Suite 103
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Kathryn Ray practices obstetrics and gynecology. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Ray performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her clinical interests include menopause, infertility, and abnormal bleeding. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ray is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Dr. Mary S Farhi, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3233 N Arlington Heights Road; Suite 103
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Mary Farhi's area of specialization is general gynecology. Dr. Farhi has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Farhi include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), menopause, and infertility. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Farhi's education and training includes medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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Dr. Mary Susan Scanlon, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
3233 N Arlington Heights Road; Suite 103
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Mary Scanlon practices general gynecology in Wheeling, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Scanlon include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), menopause, and adolescent gynecology. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scanlon accepts. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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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