Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is endometriosis?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz talks about endometriosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in ten women between the ages of 30 and 40, and occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon. The displaced tissue affects areas in the abdomen, commonly the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and intestines. Women who have endometriosis may have difficulty getting pregnant, according to the ACOG.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon, estimates that endometriosis affects about five million women in the United States. Endometriosis can be painful, and while there is no cure, there are several treatment options available, according to HHS.

For more information about endometriosis, talk to your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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