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David P Bender
(319) 356-2015
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology / Oncology

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Jeffrey Steven Skilling, MD
(916) 614-4120
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1988

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A Jacques Guillaume, MD
(918) 968-3095
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ D'Etat D'Haiti, Esc De Med Et De Pharmacie, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Graduation Year: 1971

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Pamela Joybirkholz Stone, MD
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1999

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Julie Lindower
(319) 356-2296
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Amina Ahmed
(319) 356-2015
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Gregory S Skopec
(319) 353-6632
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Bonita Lynn Jones, MD
(319) 356-4559
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1995

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Joann Marie Smith, MD
(319) 356-2239
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kelly Kay Ward
(319) 356-1279
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Endometriosis Explained

Endometriosis Explained

Endometriosis develops in many women as a result of tissue (similar to the endometrium) that begins to grow outside of the uterus. The endometrium is the lining in the womb, and changes each month with menstruation. When a woman has endometriosis, it causes stomach pain, uncomfortable menstruation, and infertility in 40% of women who are affected.

Doctors are not entirely sure what causes endometriosis, but it is suspected that menstruation that happens backwards through the fallopian tubes could be responsible. Other physicians believe that there is a correlation between women who have never had children and the development of endometriosis. There have been many studies done on endometriosis, but health care providers still do not have a definitive answer on what leads to this tissue growing abnormally in the body.
Your menstrual blood is made up of endometrial glands, blood and connective tissue, and endometrial epithelium. In women who suffer from endometriosis, the endometrium breaks into pieces, and is discarded into the vagina as it is in women with normal cycles. However, in the case of endometriosis, the blood escapes through openings in the womb into the fallopian tubes and into the peritoneal cavity. These pieces then attach themselves to the layer of the peritoneal cavity and start to grow, which causes pain.

Endometriosis can be extremely painful, and can also cause emotional stress to women, especially if infertility is present. Some women who develop endometriosis are quite young, and must deal with potential infertility before they have had a chance to become pregnant.

To diagnose endometriosis, your doctor will perform a laparoscopy, which involves using a laparoscope to view the reproductive organs. Usually, women are alerted to endometriosis by stomach pain and painful sexual intercourse. It is important that you seek treatment if you suspect that you may have endometriosis, as the sooner i...

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