Advanced Techniques to Diagnose and Treat Reproductive Endocrine Disorders
Loyola Medicine provides integrated, compassionate care for reproductive endocrinology conditions, such as infertility, hormone disorders and menopause. We understand that if you have symptoms of one of these conditions, you want an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Our dedicated and experienced team will determine the cause of your symptoms and develop an individualized plan of treatment just for you.
The field of reproductive endocrinology is a surgical subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology that treats a wide variety of conditions related to the hormonal and reproductive systems. The key hormones affecting the menstrual cycle and fertility are produced by glands in the ovaries and the brain. We understand the emotional impact that these conditions can have and will work with you to find a solution.
Our highly skilled reproductive endocrinologists are experienced in treating a wide range of conditions, including:
- Asherman’s syndrome
- Delayed periods
- Delayed puberty
- Excessive body hair (hirsutism)
- Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia)
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Lack of menstrual cycle (amenorrhea)
- Low libido
- Male pattern baldness (in women)
- Menopause symptoms
- Pelvic pain
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Premature menopause (primary ovarian insufficiency)
- Turner syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
Why Choose Loyola for Reproductive Endocrinology Services?
Loyola provides truly integrated clinical care for reproductive endocrine disorders, bringing together specialists in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, gynecology and gynecologic surgery to provide women with advanced care in a compassionate environment.
As part of an academic medical center, Loyola’s expert clinicians perform and teach the latest surgical techniques and medical treatments in numerous locations across the Chicago area. In addition, our nurses have earned Magnet status, which means they have been recognized for delivering the highest level of care.
How are Reproductive Endocrine Disorders Diagnosed?
Loyola’s reproductive endocrinology team has vast experience in diagnosing hormonal and reproductive conditions. The reproductive system is highly sensitive to hormone imbalances. Endocrine levels can change due to:
- Failure of various glands to release the right amount of hormone, which then affects other glands
- Genetic disorders, such as congenital hypothyroidism and multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)
- Glandular tumors (benign tumors also can affect hormone production)
- Injury to a gland
- Problems with the body’s hormone regulating system
Your reproductive endocrinologist will take a detailed medical and family history and conduct a thorough physical exam. Depending on your condition, tests may be ordered that include:
How are Reproductive Endocrine Disorders Treated?
Loyola’s reproductive endocrinologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hormone dysfunction and infertility. Loyola’s clinicians have received specialized training to diagnose complex conditions and provide the most advanced treatment options. Treatment for reproductive endocrine conditions may include:
- Medical monitoring
- Surgery (including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic approaches)
If you are seeking treatment for infertility, we understand how emotional this journey can be. Your healthcare team will guide you through every step, addressing your questions and concerns along the way. Your treatment may include:
- Assessment for assisted reproductive technology
- Evaluations for men
- Evaluations for women
- Intrauterine insemination by a donor
- Referrals to support services and alternative medicine
- Semen analysis
Ongoing Research to Improve Future Treatments of Reproductive Endocrine Disorders
Loyola’s expert reproductive endocrinology program is actively pursuing new research with a focus on patient-centered outcomes, including studies on:
- Predictors of normal fertility
- Reproductive technology
- Uterine fibroids
As an academic medical center, Loyola is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new diagnostics and treatments. Loyola’s patients benefit from research discoveries made here; read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.