From adolescents to young women, to infertility, to pregnancy and family planning, to menopause and beyond
Women’s health care needs change through the years, and it is important to advocate for services and supports best designed to meet you and your loved one’s needs.
Whether you are searching for teachable resources for pre-adolescents or t(w)eens entering puberty, gynecological care, assistance with family planning or fertility supports, obstetrics, mammography and breast care, or transitioning into menopause, there are women-centered practices available.
We’re here to help women of all ages in the greater Champaign-Urbana area navigate their unique and specialized health care needs across the lifespan.
How to use this resource
Whether you’re new to Champaign-Urbana or you’ve lived here your whole life, figuring out how to navigate the healthcare system — especially as needs change through various ages and stages of life — can be somewhat daunting. Women need health care designed for their unique needs.
This resource is to help women to find quality, regionally specific health information about resources, options, and providers – all in one place.
Each of the anchors below contains a bevy of information about different stages of a woman’s life – and health issues that are uniquely to women. Those include – but are not limited to – adolescent medicine, preconception health, reproductive health, breast health, heart health and more. We also cover nutrition, exercise, mental health and a variety of other services that are critical to the health and well being of women.
Our region covers not only Champaign-Urbana, but also all of Champaign County and a good majority of East Central Illinois. You’ll find providers from Mahomet to Monticello, Rantoul to Tuscola, Paxton and beyond.
Puberty | Routine Care | Fertility | Menopause
Find information about common topics related to puberty here.
Find out what acne is and what causes this condition.
If you or your child are feeling down or dealing with an issue that feels insurmountable, Carle’s behavioral health specialists are available to provide assistance for you and your family.
Find out more about gynecology services for women of all ages.
From gynecology to breast health to other “routine” women’s healthcare, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to staying up to date with our maintenance. From annual physicals, pelvic exams, breast health and more, women’s bodies are just a little bit more complex.
Women’s Health specialists at Carle provide comprehensive care and treatment for women of all ages, including high-risk obstetrical care, reproductive medicine/infertility, women’s cancers, prenatal appointments, genetic counseling, routine and annual gynecological care, and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic disorders.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Learn more about gynecological changes that can occur through the normal processes of pregnancy, aging, and sometimes disease and injury.
Our practices mean more women survive challenging births
Learn more about the early identification of prenatal or post-partum dangers in preventing pregnancy complications.
Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Champaign-Urbana: Readers Recommend
This list focuses on gynecologists and obstetricians in the Champaign-Urbana metro area.
Ask the Doctor: Which Contraceptive Option is Best for You?
There are so many choices of contraception from which to choose. The key to picking the right form of contraception for you is to know the strengths and weaknesses of each method and your future goals.
4 questions women should ask their gynecologist
You are not alone. Embarrassment and fear top the list of reasons women shy away from addressing pelvis issues. Learn more about questions that you should ask your gynecologist at your next appointment.
Learn more about Carle’s gynecologic oncology team serving women with cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine and vulvar/vaginal cancers.
Find out more about comprehensive breast imaging services available at Carle.
Find more about cancer treatment, technology, staff, and patient care.
A Screening Mammogram: Your Best Defense Against Breast Cancer
A screening mammogram can detect calcifications, cysts, or other densities that may look suspicious. Mammograms check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms.
Don’t let fear of pain keep you from life-saving mammogram
Find out why mammograms are important to monitor any changes in your breast tissue from year to year and may be able to detect abnormalities that you may not be able to feel.
Why and when equally important for breast cancer screening
Find out more about the ease of online scheduling for mammography in order to plan for your next annual screening.
How Can We Optimize Our Breast Health?
Experts at Christie Clinic explain the importance of breast self-awareness, clinical breast exams, and mammograms.
At the Editor’s Desk: My First Time
Read more about the mom-in-chief of Chambanamoms and her experience with her first annual mammogram.
Breast Cancer and Genetics: Know Your Family History
Do you know your family history when it comes to genetics? Find out why knowing this information is important and can save lives.
Carle Community Breastfeeding Clinic
The Carle Community Breastfeeding Clinic is available to talk through any questions that you might have about breastfeeding, resources and support, and common breastfeeding conditions.
A Relationship Altered: A Survivor’s Story
Read more about one cancer survivor’s experience with breast cancer.
Other health conditions
What I wish people knew’ about living with diabetes
Learn more about diabetes support groups for individuals living in and around Champaign-Urbana.
Information about common heart conditions, symptoms, and treatments that women may face during their lifetime can be found here.
One in a million’ mom tackles cancer head-on
Find out more about how one local mom’s skin cancer diagnosis affected her life and her encouragement for routine skin checks.
For those who chose this path, there are few times more exciting in a woman’s life than the prospect of motherhood. For some, that path is “traditional” — linear and without a lot of drama. For others, that path is filled with twists and turns, and some setbacks. No matter the situation, there are local resources for women who are considering motherhood – from preconception, to pregnancy, to infertility, to childbirth, to postpartum care.
All Things Baby: Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding in Champaign-Urbana
Find out information to help families of all shapes and sizes in the greater Champaign-Urbana metro area as they navigate fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding..
Baby Blues and You – Champaign-Urbana Resources for Postpartum Depression
Learn more about one local mom’s experience with postpartum depression and the signs and symptoms that may be present in yourself or those that you love.
It is beneficial to talk with your physician before trying to conceive a child. Carle has supports in place to guide you and your family along the way.
Monitoring you and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy is important at all steps throughout your journey.
Approximately 10-15 percent of women suffer from infertility from a variety of conditions. If you are struggling with trying to conceive, you are not alone. Services and supports are available to assist you and your family.
From conception to delivery, Carle supports moms and babies
Learn more about Carle’s Level III perinatal designation and one mom’s experience with her specialized care.
Menopause is more than hot flashes. Perimenopause, the transition to menopause, usually starts in a woman’s mid- to late 40s.1 On average, women are in perimenopause for four years before their periods stop. Staying healthy after menopause can be enhanced through nutrition, physical activity, as well as other therapies.
Medical Care in Champaign-Urbana
Champaign-Urbana has a variety of healthcare options for people of all ages. This guide focuses on the primary medical resources in the community.
Urinary Incontinence/Pelvic Floor Disorders
Find out common symptoms and treatments of pelvic floor disorders.
New research collaborations will alter tomorrow’s standard of care
Learn more about Carle’s culture of quality in patient treatment and care.
Ridge Farm woman finds help for post-mastectomy swelling
Lymphedema affected one local woman’s recovery after breast cancer treatment. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of lymphedema and its treatment.
As your age, your gynecological system changes, as well. Find out how menopause, childbirth and even your occupation, genetics or other medical conditions can have an impact on how your pelvic floor functions.
Here when you need it, sustaining breast cancer care for generations
It is estimated that one in eight women may be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Find out why research and continued improvements in treatment and care are important for our community.