Pregnancy & Reproductive Health

Pregnancy & Reproductive Health

Peoria Women’s Health provides comprehensive, compassionate obstetric and gynecological services for women at every stage of life. From annual well-woman exams and diagnostic screenings through pregnancy and childbirth and into menopause, our team will be with you each step of the way.

Preventive Care and Screenings

In addition to four years of medical school, OB-GYNs complete four years in a residency program to develop specialized knowledge in obstetrics and gynecology and three additional years of specialty training. We are focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing gynecologic health issues, and promoting health and well-being for women across the lifespan.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology urges women to have a well-visit with their OB-GYN provider every year. Depending on your age and health status, this appointment may include:

  • General health check, including height, weight, and vital signs such as blood pressure
  • Personal and family health history
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap screening for cervical cancer, recommended by ACOG every three years for women older than 21
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Breast exam
  • Birth control and/or fertility counseling
  • Preconception counseling
  • Mental health screening
  • Management of menopause symptoms
  • Annual mammograms beginning at age 45

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual activity, and any other related health concerns. If you and your partner face fertility challenges, we will help you look for answers. Diagnosing and addressing the cause of infertility can often resolve this issue so the couple can

achieve conception and have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. If necessary, we can also counsel you about options for assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization, which requires referral to a reproductive endocrinologist.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Our team is proud to partner with you on your journey to becoming a parent. Peoria Women’s Health provides comprehensive reproductive health care, including prenatal care, labor, and delivery services, and postnatal care for you and your baby.

Prenatal appointments allow us to monitor the health of you and your child and address potential issues before they become significant concerns. We’ll provide nutrition and exercise recommendations and answer all your questions about this exciting time in your life.

For all types of pregnancy, we will monitor the health of the baby using ultrasound imaging and fetal heart rate monitoring. Special care is available for women who have high-risk pregnancies, including those who are older than 35, have hypertension or another chronic health condition, have gestational diabetes, and/or are at risk for premature labor.

Patients who are of advanced maternal age or have other risk factors may opt for other prenatal screenings. These include amniocentesis, which tests a sample of the amniotic fluid for signs of birth defects and chromosome abnormalities, and chorionic villus sampling, which tests cells from the placenta. If abnormalities are detected, we can provide counseling about your options for further testing and the future care your baby may need.

When it’s time for your baby to come, we will help you deliver naturally or perform a cesarean birth, as indicated. We will make sure you are aware of your options for pain relief and monitor you and your baby throughout labor and delivery. Peoria Women’s Health is affiliated with the labor and delivery departments at UnityPoint Health, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, and OSF HealthCare.

After delivery, our team will answer your questions about infant care and help you build your confidence as a new parent. Lactation specialists will help facilitate breastfeeding and address feeding concerns if necessary. Follow-up care with your doctor will ensure that you are recovering from labor and birth. We will educate you and your partner about the symptoms of postpartum depression and provide screening and treatment if this issue arises.

Acute Health Concerns

In addition to pregnancy care and well-woman care, we can also diagnose and treat specific gynecological health concerns. When you experience uncomfortable symptoms, we strive to help you determine the cause for concern and create an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. At Peoria Women’s Health, we provide care for:

  • Urinary and pelvic floor disorders, including uterine prolapse, incontinence, interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, and urinary tract infection
  • Sexual dysfunction and discomfort
  • Uterine fibroids, which can be treated with hormone therapy, minimally invasive surgery or hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis, including minimally invasive surgery and hysterectomy
  • Gynecological cancers, including diagnosis and treatment
  • Sexually transmitted infections

Beyond your annual well visit, you should make an appointment with your OB-GYN whenever you experience unusual symptoms. These include pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, pain while urinating, inability to conceive, bleeding outside the menstrual cycle, and itching or discomfort in the genital area.

We look forward to becoming your lifelong partner in women’s health. Whether you are looking for a provider for your daughter’s first OB-GYN visit, experiencing unusual pelvic pain, or thinking about getting pregnant, call (309) 683-0200 or contact Peoria Women’s Health online to make an appointment at one of our two convenient locations.

 

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