A woman’s health concerns will change with her age and development. Women’s health concerns can vary from reproductive concerns, to cancer to mental health.
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by our physicians
Pap smears, also known as Pap testing, offer valuable insight into your pelvic health. A Pap smear is usually performed along with a pelvic exam to screen for cervical cancer, abnormalities in cells and to check for any pelvic issues.
By Thomas Shin, MD
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow within uterine muscle tissue and are the most common tumor within the female reproductive system. As a result, all women are at potential risk of developing fibroids, with a majority of cases diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 54.
By DuPage Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology, DuPage Medical Group Physical and Occupational Therapy, DuPage Medical Group Urology
Pelvic pain is common, affecting nearly a third of women in the United States, and can be the result of period cramps, endometriosis, uterine fibroids or muscle weakness. When pelvic pain is caused by strain on your pelvic floor muscles, urinary symptoms can also occur. While it may be uncomfortable to discuss pelvic pain and/or urinary symptoms with your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), it is important to identify the cause and begin treatment if needed.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting nearly 14 million adults and teens each year. Due to its prominence, the FDA has now approved the HPV vaccine for individuals aged 9-45, meaning adults and children can be protected from the virus by receiving the HPV vaccine.
By Elizabeth Friedman, MD
Your hormones play an active role in everything from your mood to your energy level. Obstetrician Gynecologist, Dr. Elizabeth Friedman, shares insights on how to work with your hormones to track your fertility, boost your productivity and manage your social calendar.
By Karen Johnson, MD, Nichole Butler-Mooyoung, MD, Vanessa Foster, MD
menopause and everything in between, your gynecologist is your trusted partner through all stages of life. Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNE), Drs. Nichole Butler-Mooyoung, Vanessa Foster and Karen Johnson share insights on the importance of developing a long-term, trusting relationship with your OB/GYNE.
Here for the "What Ifs" - Answering Your Most Common Questions About Breast Cancer Remission and Survivorship
By Dr. Amrti Mangat
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, affecting nearly one in every eight women in the U.S. Thanks to increased awareness, advancements in treatment and screening methods such as mammography, survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer continue to improve. While transitioning out of active treatment into survivorship can be relieving, it can stir up many emotions and questions. To help you prepare for life after cancer, surgeon Amrit Mangat, MD, answers questions about survivorship and remission.
By Surekha Boddipalli, MD
Following a breast cancer diagnosis, you will receive a lot of information about your health and treatment options, which can bring up many questions. It is also not uncommon to experience anxiety as you prepare for treatment. Whether you’re considering seeking a second opinion or are concerned about side effects, medical oncologist, Surekha Boddipalli, MD, answers common breast cancer treatment questions.
Here for the "What Ifs" - Answering Your Most Common Questions About Breast Cancer Screening and Risk Factors
By Shaunda Chin-Bonds, DO
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, affecting nearly one in every eight women in the U.S. Thanks to increased awareness, advancements in treatment and screening methods such as mammography, survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer continue to improve. Still, it is not uncommon to experience anxiety leading up to your first mammogram, if you discover a lump, or are diagnosed with breast cancer. To help you feel as prepared as possible, physicians from our Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Oncology and Surgery departments have teamed up to answer some common “what if” questions you may have as you manage your breast health. Whether you’re just beginning to screen, you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or are in remission, we are here to offer guidance and support every step of the way.