Pregnancy Ultrasounds Through Women Ob-Gyn Associates

ultrasonic imaging prenatal wheatonThe prenatal ultrasound is one of the most important and special moments in any pregnancy. With both clinical and personal importance, your ultrasounds will provide you with vital information about your baby on several different levels, and allows you to begin to visualize and connect with them even before giving birth.

Experienced in all forms of ordering, explaining and interpreting ultrasonic testing, the medical staff at Women Ob-Gyn Associates will be helping to facilitate your Level II ultrasound testing at the MFM department of Hinsdale Hospital.  The Women Ob-Gyn staff is committed to helping our patients in Oakbrook, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Winfield find the right imaging schedule for their family. Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter bring their talents to bear creating the safest and most enjoyable imaging and analysis environment possible.

Prenatal Ultrasounds of All Levels in Naperville, Hinsdale, Woodridge and Oak Brook

Having your ultrasound is a crucial aspect of monitoring your baby’s health, and may be done on a number of different schedules. A standard prenatal ultrasound schedule may include:

  • Initial ultrasound: Performed during the first trimester, the initial ultrasound is often done to show proof of a pregnancy in a visible manner.
  • Level II Anatomical ultrasound: The most medically relevant ultrasound test, this ultrasound is performed to measure the specific size of a wide range of body features to check for any atypical growth patterns or developmental issues. This ultrasound may take a little longer than the others.
  • Additional ultrasounds: Depending on the risk status of the mother, the health of the baby and any other genetic or outside factors that may be impacting the baby’s growth, a wide range of ultrasounds may be performed at various times to check specific aspects of development in both the mom and baby.

Types of Ultrasounds

There are a number of different ultrasound types that may be used as needed, including:

  • Standard ultrasound: this utilizes a hand-held imaging machine over the abdomen to read sound waves passed through the stomach.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: small device is passed into the vagina for more detailed imaging.
  • 3-D ultrasound: involves the use of highly advanced software that integrates images to form a smooth 3-D image of your baby.
  • 4-D ultrasound: advanced version of the 3-D ultrasound designed to focus on viewing the face and movements of the baby for a more intimate look.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you are pregnant and would like to discuss your current situation, or are planning a pregnancy and would like to know more about ultrasound options, please schedule a consultation through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Your Contraception Options with Women Ob-Gyn Associates

contraception women ob-gyn associatesContraception can have a dramatic effect on your life, particularly if not handled correctly. But when planned with a trusted healthcare provider in a way that is a good fit for your lifestyle, contraception can help provide you with security and freedom in your day-to-day life.

Women Ob-Gyn Associates has many years of working with women with unique questions and needs regarding their birth control. For those women living in Winfield, Oakbrook, Downers Grove and Naperville, Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter can offer a wealth of information regarding the most current contraceptive techniques and options.

Birth Control in Hinsdale,  Downers, Wheaton, and Naperville

At Women Ob-Gyn Associates, we offer help and information about all of the most common forms of birth control, as well as several of the recently developed contraception methods:

  • Basic Birth Control Techniques: The doctors at Women Ob-Gyn Associates are happy to answer any questions about basic birth control usage, including male or female condoms and timing with your cycle. This may be an excellent way to ensure that there is no misinformation regarding this crucial subject.
  • Birth Control Pills: One of the most trusted and effective long-term birth control methods for over fifty years has been birth control pills (BCPs). Our office has experience with the various forms of BCPs, and can help you to manage your contraception to keep you as healthy as possible.
  • Implanon: Implanon is a new form of birth control that is inserted into the arm by your healthcare provider. The size of a matchstick, this device releases hormones up to three years, preventing pregnancy with better than 99% effectiveness.
  • DepoProvera: A three-month treatment that prevents pregnancy with better than 99% effectiveness, DepoProvera is an injection that is performed in the arm muscles. It is often chosen due to its low cost and consistent results.
  • Diaphragm: Diaphragms are an affordable and low-cost option of birth control that involves inserting a shallow silicone cup into the vagina prior to intercourse. This method is 85%-90% effective when used properly.
  • NuvaRing: The NuvaRing is a flexible ring inserted into the vagina for three weeks of every month. It is inexpensive and more than 98% effective when used properly.
  • IUDs: IUDs are one of the longest-lasting reversible methods of birth control available. A T-shaped device is inserted into the uterus by your healthcare provider, and then prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years with better than 99% effectiveness.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you would like to speak to someone at Women Ob-Gyn Associates for more information about birth control, you can schedule a consultation through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Understanding Vaginal Discharge for Women Ob-Gyn Patients

interpreting normal vaginal dischargesExperiencing an atypical vaginal discharge can be a worrying experience, particularly if you are pregnant, new to menstruation or have any significant health concerns. Building a long-term relationship with one of the doctors at Women Ob-Gyn Associates can help you to ensure that you have immediate access to trusted care when you need it the most.

For our patients who live in Westmont, Downers Gove, Lisle and Darien, Women Ob-Gyn Associates provides a balance of  personal care and professional experience with the many causes of vaginal discharge. If you are concerned about a recent discharge, or would like to set up a check-up appointment, contact our office in order to meet with Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, or Akhter, who are always happy to add new patients or discuss any unexpected conditions in current patients.

Treating Vaginal Discharge in Naperville, Bolingbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Willowbrook and Glen Ellyn

In most cases, vaginal discharges occur as a part of regular vaginal function and do not signify anything is wrong or otherwise out of the ordinary. These healthy, normal discharges may present in a new or surprising manner, but do not necessarily signify that anything needs attention. Normal vaginal discharge may include:

  • Color changes: The normal spectrum for vaginal discharges not during menstruation may range from milky white to clear without signifying anything is wrong.
  • Odors: Slight changes in odor are normal, and may be caused by diet, lifestyle factors, or any number of other factors.
  • Varying amounts. The amount of normal vaginal discharge may fluctuate slightly without signifying anything specifically.
  • Changes with significant events.  Pregnancy, adolescence, menopause, sexual activity, arousal and breastfeeding may all impact your vaginal discharges in unique ways. These changes can be observed over time and dismissed accordingly.

However, there are several types of vaginal discharge that may be a signal that something could be causing a problem. Should these symptoms occur, contacting your doctor at Women Ob-Gyn Associates is the best way to ensure there are no long-term health issues. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Significant color change: Discharges that are bloody, brown, yellow or green may indicate a more serious problem, such as an STD or infection.
  • Strong odor: Any odor that is unusually strong and does not improve following thorough cleaning may signify a health issue.
  • Changes in consistency: Discharges that are frothy, thick or clumpy may be caused by an STD or any number of other problems.
  • Pain: One of the most common indicators of a health concern is the presence of pain or serious itching or burning in the vaginal or pelvic area.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

A complete physical examination and pap smear may be helpful in determining the cause of your vaginal discharge. If you are concerned about any discharge, contact us to schedule a consultation, and you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Infertility Support and Options at Women Ob-Gyn Associates

fertility options northern illinoisExperiencing difficulty while trying to conceive a child can be one of the hardest issues in a woman’s life. Finding a trustworthy and personal medical professional to help guide you through these difficult times can help keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

With many years of helping couples work through their fertility challenges, the doctors and staff at Women Ob-Gyn Associates are available to help you face anything you may encounter. Whether dealing with complex physical issues, specific questions or personal worries, Women Ob-Gyn Associates is a place of safety for patients in Naperville, Woodridge, Downers Grove and Winfield. Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter work hard to ensure that you receive the most knowledgeable and sensitive care possible.

Facing Fertility Challenges in Hinsdale, Oakbrook, and Wheaton

For those just beginning to address possible fertility issues and those who wish to pursue a natural course of fertility treatments, Women Ob-Gyn Associates offers a number of options:

  • Basic workup: this comprehensive examination is a thorough yet comfortable way to establish what factors may be contributing to your fertility situation. Slightly different for each patient, this often includes a complete physical examination,  blood testing, and the testing of urine and possibly semen for crucial fertility indicators.
  • Basal body temperature charting: one of the most straightforward methods of tracking your body’s monthly cycles, charting your basal body temperature is as easy as taking your temperature normally. Using a special basal body thermometer, this reading may be done orally, vaginally or rectally, but should be done in the same manner at the same time each day. Keeping a record can help determine your best times for conception. Many smartphone apps offer useful methods to do this easily.
  • Timing intercourse with ovulation: those trying to conceive should try for regular intercourse around twice a week in order to improve their chances of conception. Once a likely timeline of ovulation has been established,  intercourse every 36 to 48 hours in the days surrounding this date can also improve the odds.
  • Support: as struggling with fertility issues may be a very difficult situation, finding the proper support can greatly improve your experience. At Women Ob-Gyn Associates, we can work together with you each step of the way to make sure you feel supported and informed.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you are concerned about fertility and would like to speak to someone at Women Ob-Gyn Associates for more information, you can schedule a consultation through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Navigating Menopause with Women’s Ob-Gyn Associates

navigating menopausal symptoms treatmentOne of the major changes in every woman’s life is menopause, and the symptoms and difficulties of this period can be particularly challenging for some women. Having a trusted medical provider with whom you have built a relationship can help you to navigate these changes in the most healthy manner possible.

The staff of Women Ob-Gyn Associates have great experience with the unique challenges posed by the menopausal time. For patients throughout Hinsdale, Wheaton, Winfield, Oakbrook, and beyond, Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter are able to provide comprehensive help with even the most confusing concerns or adjustments.

Menopause Help for Those in Downers Grove, Woodridge and Naperville

Some of the major concerns for menopausal women who visit Women Ob-Gyn Associates  include:

  • Hot Flashes: Often considered the classic symptom of menopause, rapid changes in your personal temperature can strongly affect how comfortable you feel. This can quickly lead to feelings of frustration and mood changes, particularly when the temperature of your environment is out of your control.
  • Mood Swings: Another classic symptom of menopause, dramatic and unexpected changes in mood may be triggered by a number of factors during this time. Helping to ensure a high level of overall health may be an excellent way to minimize the frequency and severity of these mood swings.
  • Depression: There is an increased risk for depression with the onset of menopause, and some women may find that even a mild feeling of depression can permeate into other aspects of their life. Trusted counsel from your healthcare provider can help you to minimize the possibility of depression, and address any potential indications that may exist.
  • Fatigue: As with any period where your body is undergoing significant changes, you may find yourself growing particularly tired more easily or more frequently. Often normal behaviors will cause a greater feeling of tiredness than before.
  • Sexual and Relationship Difficulties: Both physical and emotional changes can contribute to adjustments when it comes to sexual behavior and relationships. Physically, many women experience vaginal dryness and a lowered sexual desire.  In addition, the unpredictable and inexplicable nature of some emotional changes may have an impact on relationships.
  • Hormonal Changes: One of the key areas of study currently is the nature of the hormonal changes that occurs in women during menopause. Various methods of addressing these changes exist and may be of some benefit for certain patients.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you would like to speak to someone at Women Ob-Gyn Associates for more information about menopause, you can schedule a consultation through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Regular Gynecology Care at Women Ob-Gyn Associates

regular gynecological visits illinoisOne of the most important aspects in any woman’s healthcare is establishing and maintaining regular gynecological appointments. These may often be referred to as “well-woman appointments” or “women’s health visits” on insurance forms, and are generally covered (and encouraged) as a preventative care option. These regular checkups are often more crucial for women then for men, due to the complex nature of the female reproductive system.

Our focus at Women Ob-Gyn Associates is to create a positive long-term relationship with our patients, making it easy and natural to schedule and attend regular appointments. We have a long history of providing gynecological care for patients in the Hinsdale, Oakbrook and Downers Grove area. Our highly trained and personable obstetrician-gynecologists Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter are committed to the patient-centered care that is so important for women’s health issues.

Gynecology Options in Naperville, Woodridge, Wheaton and Winfield

The most appropriate gynecological care for each patient will depend specifically on the needs of those seeking care, but may include the following:

  • Physical Exam – The regular physical exam is the backbone of good reproductive health, and may include the examination of the exterior and interior female reproductive system. A bimanual examination may also be recommended, in which various parts of the reproductive system are felt from within the vagina and from the outside of the abdomen.
  • Pap Smear – At regular intervals, your gynecologist may recommend a Pap smear, which involves the removal of a small sample of cells from the cervix using a tiny brush. These cells can help to detect a wide range of cervical and reproductive anomalies.
  • STD Testing – Testing for sexually transmitted diseases may be recommended even if you have not recently been sexually active, as these diseases may show symptoms much later than when they were originally contracted. Those who are sexually active may wish to have regular STD testing to ensure minimal symptoms and maximally effective treatment should an STD be contracted.
  • Answering Questions – Fully understanding the state of your own reproductive health is a critical aspect of good reproductive care. Your doctor at Women Ob-Gyn Associates will be happy to go through any questions you may have, and will be able to tailor your appointment to fit any specific needs you may have. Your doctor will also ask questions geared to your unique situation, and may wish to incorporate additional examinations, test or procedures as needed.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If it is time for your annual gynecological visit or you require any other gynecological services and wish to schedule a consultation, you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Personal Obstetrics Care at Women Ob-Gyn Associates

women ob-gyn associates illinoisProper medical attention to you and your developing baby before, during and immediately following your pregnancy is known as obstetric care. The widely differing variables of each pregnancy mean that your obstetric care will need to be completely unique, tailored by our doctors to perfectly meet your needs. Developing a trusting relationship and communicating regularly with your obstetrician are some of the best ways to plan for your upcoming delivery.

At Women Ob-Gyn Associates, we believe in developing open and personal relationships with our patients in the Downers Grove, Winfield or Naperville area. If you are considering becoming pregnant, have questions about pregnancy, or would like to schedule your first pregnancy appointments, Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter will be glad to answer your questions and help you to begin the process.

Obstetric Patient Care in Woodridge, Wheaton, Hinsdale, or Oakbrook

Proper obstetric care involves regular standard examinations, in addition to a variety of optional care items that may be added as needed or desired. Standard obstetric care may include:

  • Fertility Counseling – Our physicians are experienced with all areas of pregnancy preparation and fertility, and are able to provide advice and several options regarding pregnancy planning.
  • Pregnancy Testing – Those who have already experienced a positive home pregnancy test or missed period may visit our offices to receive medical confirmation of their pregnancy.  Other in-office tests during pregnancy may include blood tests, pap smears, diabetes tests and several other optional tests.
  • Regular Prenatal Examinations – One of the most critical aspects of effective prenatal care is establishing a regular examination schedule. This helps to ensure early detection of any issues and the best possible overall health of both mother and baby. Generally, mothers will visit for an appointment every four weeks until around week 28, at which point visits will increase to every two weeks. Around week 36, your obstetrician will wish to see you at least every week. These schedules may be adjusted as needed to reflect any developments or changes in the pregnancy. 
  • Ultrasounds – Ultrasounds may be scheduled according to your specific wishes, with a variety of ultrasonic testings available. Level II ultrasounds are provided at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at Hinsdale Hospital.

Some of the often-recommended obstetric services for our patients may include:

  • Genetic testing for those at increased risk for specific genetic abnormalities
  • Nuchal translucency screening
  • A wide range of classes for every stage of the pregnancy process, from prenatal to childbirth and nursing

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you have questions about prenatal appointments, postnatal care or any other area of obstetrics and wish to schedule a consultation, you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Treating Pelvic Pain at Women Ob-Gyn Associates

dysmenorrhea menstrual pain endometriosisPelvic pain may occur in a wide range of forms, and may be very troubling when it first occurs. To help you determine the causes and possible treatments for your pelvic pain, schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at Women Ob-Gyn Associates to receive personal, private care for your unique situation.

Our patients in Darien, Oakbrook Terrace, Willowbrook and Glen Ellyn choose Women Ob-Gyn Associates due to our extensive  experience and familiarity with all types of pelvic pain causes.  If you are experiencing pelvic pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, or Akhter, who will be happy to discuss your unique situation and offer diagnostic and treatment advice.

Pelvic Pain Treatment in Westmont, Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Bolingbrook

Pelvic pain may occur in a variety of forms, each of which may occur for different reasons and indicate different potential causes of these pains. Some of the different pain qualities include:

  • Intensity: Pelvic pain may occur as a sharp, intense pain or a dull, steady ache.
  • Location: Your pain may be localized to a specific area of the pelvis, or may spread over time throughout the pelvic region or even into the legs and lower back.
  • Timing. Pelvic pain may be constant, intermittent or unpredictable. It can last for only a few minutes or as long as several months. It may include painful menstruation, or dysmenorrhea.

Thorough discussion of your symptoms and a physical examination by your Women Ob-Gyn Associates doctor may identify the cause of your pelvic pain as:

  • Endometriosis: This is a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus begins growing outside the uterus. This may be especially painful during menstruation.
  • Vulvodynia: This condition involves pain at the opening of the vagina or the surrounding vulva. Treatment includes soothing the inflamed muscles, nerves or surrounding tissues of the area.
  • Pelvic Adhesions: When scar tissue forms in bands between areas of the pelvis, pelvic adhesions are formed. These may exist in a number of areas, and are treated surgically.
  • Ovarian Cysts: Pain may be caused by an ovarian cyst depending upon its size. Most cysts are related to ovulation.
  • Musculoskeletal Causes: Pain may be caused by a wide range of problems with the muscles, bones or other tissues in the area.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In this case, pelvic pain will be combined with bloating, discomfort, diarrhea or constipation, and may require various forms of treatment.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

A complete physical examination and diagnostic imaging are helpful in determining these causes. If you are experiencing pelvic pain of any kind, contact us to schedule a consultation, and you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Healthy Normal Pregnancy with Women Ob-Gyn Associates

ensuring healthy pregnancy wogaIn order to help you have the best chance of a normal, healthy pregnancy, Women Ob-Gyn Associates will work with you throughout your entire process. We begin with fertility and family counseling and stay with you through each stage of pregnancy, birth and the raising of your children. Proper planning and following the recommended care guidelines for pregnant women can help give you and your baby the best possible experience.

For our patients from the Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Lisle, Glen Ellyn and Bolingbrook communities, our OB-GYN practice has many years of personal and professional experience with all aspects of pregnancy.  If you would like to know more about our services, discuss your situation or choose an obstetrician, contact our office for an appointment with Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter, who look forward to getting to know you and your growing family.

Normal Pregnancy and Obstetric Care for Westmont, Darien, Naperville and Oakbrook Terrace

A healthy, normal, low-risk pregnancy is always the goal with obstetric care, and there are a few key areas you can focus on to ensure the best results:

  • Planning: By planning your pregnancies for times when you are physically and mentally healthy and are avoiding alcohol, tobacco and drugs, you can help improve your chances of a normal, low-risk pregnancy.
  • Regular Examinations: Taking your medical care into your own hands by scheduling regular appointments and any necessary tests with your medical provider is one of the best ways to help your pregnancy. Often you will have appointments once a month until later in your pregnancy, when they become more frequent.
  • Stay Healthy. Taking prenatal vitamins, exercising, eating well and drinking plenty of water are even more essential to your baby’s health then they are to your own. Keeping your own body as healthy as possible will greatly benefit your baby.

A good relationship with a trusted medical provider is also key to a healthy pregnancy. A few of the many comprehensive services we provide for pregnant women at Women Ob-Gyn Associates include:

  • Preconception Counseling: We work with couples and individuals to help diagnose, understand and navigate fertility issues, providing advice and assistance with the many available options.
  • Pregnancy Testing: To help confirm your suspicions or store-bought tests, we provide confidential evaluation of your condition.
  • First Trimester In-Office Ultrasound: This dynamic imaging method allows for the gathering of crucial information about your baby, and may be performed from the comfort of our offices, rather than visiting another facility.
  • Multiple Birth Care: For those pregnancies with twins, our practice has the experience to provide additional help and advice for making your pregnancy as comfortable and healthy as possible.

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you are pregnant, hoping to become pregnant or have any questions about obstetric or gynecological care, contact us to schedule a consultation, you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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Regular Mammograms and Breast Exams Provide Early Cancer Detection

cancer screening breast examsRegular breast examinations, or mammograms, are almost universally believed to aid in early detection of breast cancer, which results in more effective treatment. Yet one of the most controversial discussions in women’s health today is the proper scheduling of mammograms and which testing schedules have the most positive overall effect on breast cancer detection.

The women’s health practice at Women Ob-Gyn Associates has many years of experience navigating the recommendations for breast health, and is glad to offer guidance and long-term patient relationships for those in the Woodridge, Downers Grove, and Wheaton area. If you are unsure when your last breast examination was, or would like to discuss your mammogram scheduling, set up an appointment to speak with Drs. Gaunt, Cheng, and Akhter, who will be glad to walk through these issues with you.

Mammogram Screenings for Patients in Winfield, Hinsdale, Naperville or Oakbrook

Maintaining good breast health involves three distinct examination types, which are most effective when performed in conjunction over the long term. These examinations are:

  • Breast Self-Exam – This personal examination may be performed whenever it is convenient to do so, whether in the shower or while changing clothes. The goal is to establish a baseline familiarity with the topography of your breasts, which will allow you to more easily notice any changes is shape or firmness. The American Cancer Society recommends monthly self examination. Should you detect any changes, you should report these to your doctor, though in most cases these changes are not harmful.
  • Clinical Breast Examination. Typically performed on the same schedule as a mammogram, a clinical breast examination may also be performed during a routine physical or pregnancy checkup. This examination is basically the same as a breast self exam, except it is performed by a medical professional. Building a long-term relationship with the same provider will help them to become familiar with your breasts and more easily notice any changes.
  • Mammogram. A mammogram is the examination of your breasts using low dosages of x-rays. This allows a radiologist to look for changes that may not be apparent through a physical examination. The examination is administered with a special device that localizes the x-ray exposure, ensuring a safe environment. These examinations are recommended on different schedules for different patients, with some organizations recommending annual exams after 40, some after 50, and some recommending exams every two years. Talk to your doctor to determine the proper scheduling for your condition.

Patients who are at a higher risk of breast cancer may require more aggressive examination scheduling. These risk factors include:

  • BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations
  • Close relatives with these mutations or a history of the disease
  • High risk through risk evaluation surveys
  • Chest radiation when younger
  • Atypically dense breasts

Contact Women Ob-Gyn Associates for More Information

If you have questions about mammograms, breast exams or any other aspect of breast health and wish to schedule a consultation, you can make an appointment through our contact page or by calling 630-719-9229.

If you are a past patient, we would love to hear from you through our patient satisfaction survey, located here.

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