For more than 180 years, Cook County Health has provided high-quality care for expecting families, women and children. Explore our variety of services or call us at 312-864-5070 to schedule an appointment at one of our clinic locations today!

Women’s Health is specifically focused on the physical and emotional needs that affect a woman’s overall health. 

Along with reproductive health and pregnancy services, Cook County Health offers comprehensive care for every aspect of women’s overall wellness, including conditions women are most at-risk to develop, such as:

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Women's Health

Obstetrics

Cook County Health provides the highest level of care for pregnant women and their children at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, a Level III Regional Perinatal Center. We have a longstanding commitment to women’s health, and our dedicated team of doctors and nurses support our patients with their expertise before, during, and after your delivery, including: 

Delivering Your Baby At Cook County Health​

Watch our Stroger Hospital Labor & Delivery tour below to learn more about the benefits of delivering your baby at our top-rated medical center.
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Gynecology

A gynecologist provides the diagnosis and management of the reproductive system and disorders that may affect your reproductive health.

Many women begin seeing a gynecologist during their teenage years and are recommended to have annual check-ups. The Cook County Health team provides general gynecology services, as well as more specialized care.
  • Family planning
  • Screening and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
  • Chronic gynecological conditions
Pregnancy
Cook County Health provides complete care for pregnant women from early symptoms through postpartum.
Cook County Health specializes in general services, as well as maternal-fetal medicine, or high-risk health concerns for mom and baby. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center and provides the highest level of care to pregnant women and their newborns. The labor and delivery facilities offer private and calming rooms with modern technological advances. Our commitment to women’s health is long-standing, and our broad range of expertise allows us to provide care for patients at every stage of their pregnancy and after. You can rely on us for care after your baby is born, so you can recover quickly and feel confident in your new role as a mother.
  • Routine checks
  • Advanced diagnostic ultrasound evaluations
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Fetal cardiac ultrasound
  • Fetal heart rate monitoring
  • Genetic screening and testing
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Medically complicated mothers or pregnancies
  • Ongoing care for mothers
  • Percutaneous umbilical cord sampling
  • Pregnancy complications: morning sickness, heartburn, leg and back pain, gestational diabetes

Pediatric Primary Care

Primary care doctors, can be a pediatrician and/or Family Medicine physicians that specialize in everyday health.

Reasons to see a PCP, include:

  • Immunizations
  • Well-Child Checks
  • School Principals
  • Sick Visits

Click below to for a full list of PCP services and locations.

Mental Health

According to the Office on Women’s Health, 1 in 5 women are likely to experience a type of mental health condition.
For example, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men are. Women can experience depression during any time of their lives. However, changes in hormones during menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause have been linked to depression in women. Talking to your doctor and seeking treatment can help treat your depression.

Cancers Affecting Women

Women can be affected by many types of cancer, but it is important to know about the cancers that most commonly impact women.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

However, heart disease may present itself differently in women than in men and the signs of a heart attack in women are subtler and less recognizable than in men. According to the American Heart Association, women can experience chest pain, but many women never have those symptoms. Many symptoms, like shortness of breath, pain in abdomen, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, or dizziness and fainting, can mimic the flu or even acid reflux.

A woman’s risk of heart disease increases once they start menopause. During menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. This loss of estrogen is thought to be a major factor in why women have a greater risk of developing heart disease since it can increase blood pressure and cholesterol.

Osteoporosis

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an estimated 8 million American women develop osteoporosis.

While younger women can develop osteoporosis, in most cases women develop osteoporosis as they age and reach menopause. This is because during menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen, which protects your bones. Additionally, women also live longer than men, meaning their bones gradually weaken as they age.

Osteoporosis can be genetic, and many women do not know they have it until they fracture a bone. Women 65 and older, as well as high-risk women, are recommended to have a bone density test to determine if you have any bone loss. Speak with your doctor if you are under the age of 65 and think you should have a bone density test. Osteoporosis is generally treated with medication that either prevents bone loss or builds bone strength.

  • Eat a diet high in calcium and vitamin D
  • Exercise regularly and stay active
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Quit smoking

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Women, infants and children (WIC) is a food supplemental and nutrition education program for pregnant women, new mothers and young children to promote healthy eating.

WIC is offered at many Cook County Health outpatient locations, including the Arlington Heights Health Center.

Low- and middle- income families may be eligible if they meet the income requirements. WIC also provides food coupons that are good for healthy foods such as:

  • 100% Fruit juice
  • Baby food
  • Canned fish
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Infant formula
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains

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All of these services and more are available at many of our Community Health Centers. Click below to find the Cook County Health clinic nearest you, or call 312-864-5070 to schedule an appointment
for you or your child.  

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