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Beverly Louise Belsheim, MD
(515) 223-5466
1226 Grand Ave Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1987

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Laura Kay Andreson, DO
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 2002

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Carol Schmidt Swegle
(515) 875-9290
5950 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.Melinda Hansen
(515) 263-9107
12339 Stratford Drive
Clive, IA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1997
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.6, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Dr.JENNIFER GABEL
(515) 263-9107
12339 Stratford Drive
Clive, IA
Gender
F
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
1.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Richard John Peirce, MD
(515) 283-0463
2707 Hickory Ridge Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Medical Center Anesthslgsts

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Ellen Beth Roose, MD
(515) 223-5466
1226 Grand Ave Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: West Des Moines Obstetrics

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Jerry Arthur Hancock, MD
(515) 288-3287
5901 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Ob/Gyn Associates

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Melinda C Hansen, MD
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1997

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Bernard James Munro, MD
(515) 267-8300
5901 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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