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:
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
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Screening and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
Chronic gynecological conditions
Advanced diagnostic ultrasound evaluations
Chorionic villus sampling
Fetal cardiac ultrasound
Fetal heart rate monitoring
Genetic screening and testing
Medically complicated mothers or pregnancies
Ongoing care for mothers
Percutaneous umbilical cord sampling
Pregnancy complications: morning sickness, heartburn, leg and back pain, gestational diabetes
Cancers Affecting 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.
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.
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.
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