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Dr. Denise Elser

Gynecology
Oak Lawn, IL
female

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Oak Lawn, IL

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5716 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL
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Bio

Dr Elser is a Urogynecologist and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon. As a urogynecologist, she specializes in the treatment of "pelvic floor disorders", typically urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse but also bowel dysfunction. As a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon, she promotes nonsurgical treatment of gynecologic disorders when possible, but when surgery is needed, beleives it should be done vaginally or laparoscopically, whenever feasible, as this is the best approach for most women. Dr Elser serves on a national committee that helps write "guidelines" for gynecologic practice. She spends a fair amount of time educating legislators in Illinois and in DC regarding best policies for the health of the women in our country.

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Gynecology

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English

Doctor Q&A

197 Answers
105 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Blood test: Age of partner doesn't matter. If you have sores, a culture may be helpful. If not a blood test within a few weeks can be helpful. There are 2 types o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Not always: Sometimes it leads to symptoms of frequency, urgency, pressure or frequent infections. In severe cases, it can lead to kidney failure, with absolute... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many possibilities: It depends if the pain occurs at rest, only with movement, only during sex, with or after urination. Is it sharp, burning, throbbing? Are you pre or... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many positives: Mirena (levonorgestrel) is one type of intrauterine device (iud). It releases low amounts of Progesterone to change the uterine lining, cervical mucus... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Unhealthy skin: Skin at bottom of vaginal opening is under tension, as many muscles connect here. It can b very thin & sometimes more fragile if vaginal inflammation ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes, real: Cystocele is the term for bladder pushing into vagina. Basically, this is a type of hernia, the wall between the bladder and vagina has weakness and... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Can dilate the urethra and stretch nerves/ muscle.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Couple causes: Abnormal cervical cells can cause light bleeding after sex. Make sure your pap is up to date. Other causes can be inflammation or polyp. Gyne exam ca... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Helps period pain: The pill (ocp) is commonly used to eliminate or reduce menstrual cramps and is one of the most effective treatments for this condition. 60% women have... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes.: Can infect they mucous membrane (moist skin, like inside vaginal lips or vaginal walls, or other skin if there is a break in the skin.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Might be: A common cause of dysuria or burning with urination or peeing is pfhd or pelvic floor hypertonic disorder. The pelvic muscles which surround the vagin... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Maybe: Fibroids can cause excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding, but more important than the size is what part of the uterus they are growing in. If the ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Needs to be checked: Could be as simple as thin skin, pH imbalance or irritated glands, but could be more serious such as polyp, growth or abnormal cells that would need a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Luckily - a few: Botox just received fda approval for treatment of neurogenic overactive bladder. It is used off label for oab of other causes. Posterior tibial nerv... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Vaginal hernia: Pelvic organ prolapse includes: cystocele (dropped bladder), rectocele (bulging rectal wall), uterine prolapse (dropped womb) and vaginal vault prolap... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Not typical: Most common symptoms of yeast infection in women: itching/ white discharge. Can cause pain/ burning with urination or sexual activity.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Good chance: The number one predictor of stress incontinence (sui) appears to be mom, grandma or sister with the condition. Action you can take to decrease your ch... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
STD: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a type of bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common bacterial STD in th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Topical estrogen: If you have no contraindications, then using topical estrogen (cream, vaginal tablet, vaginal ring) is the best preventive. Vaginal moisturizers, (not... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Might be: Bleeding after intercourse is always concerning. It coudl be something as simple as a small tear in the vaginal skin or impending period, but could be... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
IUD, OCP: Novasure is one type of "global" endometrial ablation (gea).Geas are relatively low risk. In gea, a device is inserted to heat or freeze the uterine l... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Limited choices: 3 options with prolapse: live with it, wear a pessary, or surgical correction. Ways to help symptoms but not reverse condition: kegel exercises, avoid... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Couple of Causes: Women have varying amount of natural vaginal secretions. Normal secretions flush the vagina, maintain normal ph, adequate moisture for intercourse. Wo... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Can try otc: If you have vaginal irritation or discharge, you can try over the counter (otc) treatments for yeast infection, if they do not take care of the proble... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Imbalance: All healthy women have a mix of bacteria & some yeast in the vagina. An imbalance in the vagina, such as change in ph, blood flow, amount of bacteria ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Imbalance: The gardnerella bacteria is present normally in the vaginas of most women. Change in hormones, vaginal ph, stress, leads to imbalance or xs gardnerell... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
YES: Most common in women 18-25 but can occur in all women. The number of chlamydia cases is on the rise. Recently, it was reported than more than 10% of n... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many choices: Kegels (best is course of pelvic floor physical therapy), vaginal pessary (placed by gyne or urogyn), periurethral injection (office procedure for sev... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Absolutely not: After a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), the vagina continues to function as a sexual organ. A total hysterectomy, which removes the uterus and c... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: Overactive bladder (oab): medication can take about 4 weeks, physical therapy 4-12 weeks, neuromodulation 6-12 wks. Stress incontinence (sui): pelvi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Fibroids are extremely common and there is a genetic predisposition or tendency to develop them. Fibroids are the #1 cause of hysterectomy. In one stu... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: The nerve centers in the sacrum are very important for bladder function. One of the most important centers is at s3. Loss of s3 function can cause urg... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Absolutely: A number of conditions from stroke, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida and pelvic nerve inj... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Many options: Depend on types of incontinence. Stress incontinence (sui) options are pelvic muscle exercise (pelvic floor physical therapy), pessary, medication, ra... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Few exist: I will assume that you are referring to nonsurgical devices for women. 1) pessaries can be worn vaginally and put pressure on the bladder opening (u... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Urine leakage: Urinary incontinence (ui) is the unintended loss of urine or urine leakage. The most common types of ui in women are stress (sui) and urge incontinen... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Can worsen it: Stress incontinence is a term that refers to sudden spurts of urine loss with physical stress on the bladder, and has nothing to do with emotional str... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Leak w/pressure: Stress incontinence is due to a combination of weak ligaments and weak pelvic muscles. Commonly associated w/weakness caused by vaginal childbirth but... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Indefinitely: By total hysterectomy, i assume you mean the uterus, tubes & ovaries were removed. Surgical menopause (removing ovaries before menopause) can cause mo... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Kids & hormones: Our (women's) pelvis is built with large opening in the bone to let us birth a child. That opening, at the bottom of our body & supporting all our wei... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Not always: Excessive estrogen, whether endogenous (produced by one's own body) or exogenous (taken as supplement) can overstimulate the uterine lining (endometri... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Likely a cyst: At age 25, a hard bump just inside the vaginal opening is most likely a cyst due to blocked gland. Things your gyne will want to know- is it painful?,... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Maybe: For pelvic exams: depends on why you had the hysterectomy, did you keep your cervix or have it removed. You may still need paps. Other reasons: do yo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Physical stress: The term "stress" incontinence has nothing to do with emotional stress but instead means physical stress in the abdomen which increases bladder pressu... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: No: pregnant, breastfeeding, current uterine/cervical infection, liver disease, allergy to iud, current breast ca, some women with uterine anomalies (... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Vagina self cleans: Your vagina cleans itself through natural secretions. Douching is not recommended, as it washes away 'good' bacteria, protective secretions and change... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
High tech/small cuts: Hysterectomy can be performed vaginally, laparoscopically, robotically, or open (large abdominal incision). These are listed in order of invasiveness.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Pills and copper IUD: Combination emergency contraceptive pills prevent ovulation, thicken the cervical mucus decreasing sperm movement &may interfere with ovarian release ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: There are essentially 2 types of "post-coital" (after sex) contraception (birth control): hormonal pills or copper iud. The pills are Progesterone o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Bladder spasms/OAB: Oab (overactive bladder) can occur for no good reason or due to neurologic problem or bladder cancer. Meds (pills/patch/gel) can control symptoms but ... Read More

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Jul 9, 2012
Great replies and educational content for patients
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Nov 2, 2012
I have no idea what my lifestyle would be if not for Dr. Elser! I've been her patient since the 90's and have been through many health issues with Dr. Elser. Dr. Elser and her staff have been so cari...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Elser is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you I suppose this casuses pain alsoI have ha d severe abdominal pain and dr is saying a second surgery to fix it again the mesh erode
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Hi, there were zero abnormal findings on pap testing. Just visible cervical polyps. Are polyps caused by HPV. Thanks
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Thank you so much! They gave her Lortab for the pain, and our gyn doesn't do surgery. I might take her to the ER.

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