Women's Health Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

In addition to an annual physical exam, women from puberty and on should have a yearly well-woman exam, which concentrates on keeping your reproductive system healthy and pain-free. At the office of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, expert physician Dr. Chávez and experienced nurse practitioner Vanessa Flores perform basic gynecological procedures, including Pap tests, colposcopy, and endometrial biopsy. If you’re ready for a well-woman exam, want to become pregnant, need birth control, or are experiencing uncomfortable gynecologic symptoms, call the helpful staff at the office in Wicker Park, Chicago, or schedule an appointment online.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is a branch of medicine that focuses on a woman’s reproductive system. Once a girl has reached puberty, she should have an annual well-woman exam for the rest of her life. Some conditions and issues that are covered include:

  • Menstrual pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unusual discharge
  • Irregular periods
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause

By choosing Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC as the place to address your gynecological needs, you get the advantage of continuity of the ongoing relationship you’ve already established with your provider.

What happens during a well-woman exam?

Your well-woman exam includes tests that evaluate the health of your reproductive organs as well as your overall health. A well-woman exam includes procedures such as:

  • Pelvic exam 
  • Breast exam
  • Blood test
  • Urine test

You may choose to have a second Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC staff member present during your well-woman exam. 

What types of other tests can I get as part of women’s health?

Your practitioner may recommend specialized tests based on your age and lifestyle. You can also request tests if you’re worried about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or if you think you’re pregnant. Some common tests and evaluative procedures include:

  • Pap smear to check for cervical cancer
  • Pregnancy test
  • Tests for STDs
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Colposcopy
  • Breast cyst aspiration

As procedural medicine specialists, Dr. Chávez and nurse practitioner Flores perform a greater variety of tests and procedures than are normally available in primary care.

Can I get birth control as part of women’s health?

Dr. Chávez and nurse practitioner Flores discuss your contraception options and help you choose the best method, based on your lifestyle, needs, and values. Some forms of birth control you may wish to explore include:

  • Male and female condoms
  • At-will methods, such as a diaphragm
  • Longer-term hormonal birth control
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Referrals for permanent birth control (sterilization)

You can have your practitioner insert, replace, or remove an IUD at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC.

What if I want to become pregnant?

If you’re hoping to conceive, your practitioner conducts tests to ensure that you’re healthy. They may recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, adding more healthy foods to your diet, and becoming more physically active. They also prescribe 400 micrograms of folic acid per day to prevent birth defects.

To set up a women’s health appointment, contact the team at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, by phone or use the online form.