Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Over-the-Counter Birth Control

People in Illinois can now access birth control via a consultation with a trained pharmacist, rather than a prescription from…

Menstrual Health Equity

Menstrual Health Equity

Being unable to access menstrual products takes a mental and physical toll on students, says Em Rabelais, PhD, RN, a…

Can a Daily Pill Lighten Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Caused by Fibroids?

Can a Daily Pill Lighten Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Caused by Fibroids?

Fibroids are generally benign (not cancerous) tumors that form within the tissues of the uterus. They are very common in…

Drinking Age

Drinking Age

With the pandemic and an increase in wine culture, more women are drinking — to excessive levels Women drink. A…

Midwife-Led Birth Centers Offer a Safe Alternative to Hospital Birth

Midwife-Led Birth Centers Offer a Safe Alternative to Hospital Birth

When Tania Nava of Berwyn gave birth to her first child at a local Chicago hospital, she knew it was…

Op-Ed: For the Sake of Our Pregnant Mothers, Illinois Needs to Act on Climate Change

Op-Ed: For the Sake of Our Pregnant Mothers, Illinois Needs to Act on Climate Change

Chicago Health is committed to publishing a diversity of opinions. The opinions expressed in this op-ed article are the author’s…

Hot Flashes Can Be Fast and Furious

Hot Flashes Can Be Fast and Furious

Disrupted sleep, irritability, sweats, rapid heart rate — 67-year-old Nora Barler has battled extreme hot flashes for three decades, ever…

Prenatal Vitamins: A small introduction to a big pill

Prenatal Vitamins: A small introduction to a big pill

Let’s play a game of word association. I say, “prenatal vitamins,” and some of you may say … let me…

No More Pain. Period.

No More Pain. Period.

Helping women with endometriosis find relief Endometriosis is a women’s health issue that has long remained in the shadows. Even…

Living Well With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Living Well With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In a woman’s ideal world, hormones are balanced, menstrual cycles are regular and fertility is not an issue. Unfortunately, that…

Are Pap Tests Becoming  Obsolete?

Are Pap Tests Becoming Obsolete?

Since 2012, gynecologists have asked women to schedule a Pap smear every three years, instead of annually. But is it…

Sex & Menopause

Sex & Menopause

What women should know about intimacy and midlife changes If there’s one message that Lauren Streicher, MD, wants to share…

Mary Wood Molo, MD

Mary Wood Molo, MD

At the Center for Reproductive Care, our mission is to provide you the best opportunity to create the family you…

What Doctors Know: The leading cause of female infertility

What Doctors Know: The leading cause of female infertility

By Bonnie Ward, UC San Diego Health As women, we’re used to hearing jokes about our fluctuating hormones causing problems.…

Hold the cranberries: UTI myths explained

Hold the cranberries: UTI myths explained

Source: Cleveland Clinic whatdoctorsknow.com The myths about preventing and treating a urinary tract infection (UTI) are many, but let’s get…

How  Hysterectomies Happen

How Hysterectomies Happen

The rate of hysterectomies in this country has led to innovative procedures By Ruth Kaufman Hysterectomies are happening quite often. Their…

Teen Dating Violence Victims Suffer Long-Term Health Effects

Teen Dating Violence Victims Suffer Long-Term Health Effects

“They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s…

What Your Body Is Telling You In Your 30s and 40s

What Your Body Is Telling You In Your 30s and 40s

By Morgan Lord When we women leave our 20s and enter our 30s and 40s, we finally peak—comfortable in our…

When Things Get Steamy

When Things Get Steamy

Can Vagina Steams Aid in Vaginal and Uterine Health? By Megy Karydes Spread your legs wide, she instructed. I obliged,…

The Benefits of Kegels

The Benefits of Kegels

Is there really one exercise that can prevent pelvic floor disorders? By Emily O’Brien Kegel exercises. Popular for potentially being…

A Breast Cancer Q&A

A Breast Cancer Q&A

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Terri Yablonsky Stat talked to Dr. Nora Hansen, surgical oncologist, Breast Surgery Division at…

Stimulating Touch

Stimulating Touch

Astym treatment heals pain for the active and overweight The treatments for ankle sprains, muscle strains and other problems in…

Health Mastery

Vibrant sex through the years By Kathleen Aharoni Ladies! Really? Booty duty? Have we climbed the corporate ladder, become super athletes…

The Menopausal Appetite

The Menopausal Appetite

By Nancy Maes For some women the triumvirate of binge eating, weight gain and menopause are intricately intertwined. This excessive…

Prenatal Dangers

Prenatal Dangers

There are a lot of things that can go wrong during pregnancy, but doctors help reduce the risk by doing…

Diagnosed with Infertility: Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Dr. Mary Wood Molo, a physician at Women’s Health Consultants and director of the IVF program at Rush University Medical…

The Pap Education

Are women demanding unnecessary tests? By Megy Karydes A cancer that starts the day after a negative Papanicolaou (Pap) test,…

The Cost of Delaying Childbirth

The Cost of Delaying Childbirth

Celebs can afford to do it, can you? So many stories abound about celebrities in their late 30s or 40s…

Health Mastery

Tenaciously Stubborn: How the good kind of stubbornness can actually save our lives By Kathleen Aharoni She kept returning to…

A Perfect Baby Body

A Perfect Baby Body

New program helps women restore their bodies after childbirth By Morgan Lord Childbirth brings with it plenty of joys—unconditional love,…

New Study by Chicago Doctor May Help With Complicated Pregnancies

New Study by Chicago Doctor May Help With Complicated Pregnancies

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Oklahoma, found that women whose water had broken prematurely, and…

The Science of Birth

The Science of Birth

Infertility is not an absolute like it once was, but more research is needed When a couple of child-bearing age…

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Opinions keep changing on when mammograms should be administered Television personality Giuliana Rancic, 37, a Chicagoan, shone light on a…

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

A conversation about heart health with Loyola’s Dr. Binh An P. Phan Men and women are different. Should the two…

The Misery of Sex

The Misery of Sex

Sex after cancer brings its own kind of debilitation. Women who have faced and beaten gynecologic or breast cancer often…

Precious Memories

Precious Memories

Gene studies advance medicines and profit for Alzheimer’s De­­nise Combs remembers the moment when she first realized her husband John…

The Power of Pink

The Power of Pink

Chicago is home to a range of organizations raising breast cancer awareness and offering assistance to those affected by the…

Born Safe

Born Safe

Concern for what’s best for mother and baby could birth new legislation More women are choosing to have the baby…

Understanding Adult Acne

Understanding Adult Acne

Half of women fight with adult acne. Doctors aren’t sure of the cause but are finding better treatments. When Donna…

Health Mastery

Health Mastery

Hippocrates said, “I would rather know the person with the disease than the disease the person has.” Let me know…

Smart Testing: Health Screenings for Women

Smart Testing: Health Screenings for Women

Yes, yes. You know you’re overdue for your annual physical. And when was the last time you visited your dentist?…

Inside Infertility

Inside Infertility

Every year, nearly seven million couples deal with the heartbreak of infertility. Rather than enduring it alone, most seek the…

Knowing the Signs: Identifying Ovarian Cancer

Knowing the Signs: Identifying Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of a few diseases known as a “silent killer” because it lacks specific, concrete symptoms. But…

Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Dr. Diane Yamada, principal investigator at the University of Chicago for the Gynecologic Oncology Group, encourages ovarian cancer patients to…

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Breast cancer treatment is a partnership between the patient and several types of doctors. Patients should first make sure that…

Think Pink: Innovations and Advancements in Breast Health

Think Pink: Innovations and Advancements in Breast Health

Breast cancer and fear go hand in hand. Both the disease and its treatment can be frightening and overwhelming. But…