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 works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Ray attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her areas of expertise include menopause, infertility, and abnormal bleeding. Dr. Ray's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius 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. M. Scanlon sees patients in Wheeling, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Her medical specialty is general gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), menopause, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Scanlon is affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scanlon accepts. Before performing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Scanlon attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Incontinence, Bone Density Test, Bleeding, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mary Farhi is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farhi include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), menopause, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with St. Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Farhi graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Farhi is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Bone Density Test, Bleeding, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone ... (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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