Women's Health

A history of excellence in women’s health care. We are prepared to address your women’s care needs, with obstetrics, prenatal and neonatal support and more.

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Our team is devoted to the treatment and care of women and newborns, with years of experience helping women manage and maintain their health in a variety of crucial ways. 

Experience Matters

Health isn’t just a physical feeling. It’s an experience that’s personal to you. HSHS St. John's Hospital has a wide range of primary and specialty services for women and children in Springfield. This includes access to many of the most experienced providers in the region.

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Gynecology services

Gynecology, which often overlaps with obstetrics, is the medical specialty that cares for the health of the female reproductive system. 

SIU Medicine OB/GYN provides comprehensive and compassionate care to women through all phases of their life at the provides HSHS St. John’s Women and Children’s Clinic (link to the location page). Whether you need an annual exam or have a more complex health concern you can receive the care you are accustomed to receiving from HSHS St. John’s Hospital at our clinic. Gynecological conditions treated include a full range of care: 

  • Infections 
  • Cancer 
  • Reproductive Health 
  • Breast Health 
  • Pelvic Pain 
  • Menopause 
  • Incontinence 

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Osteoporosis and bone densitometry

Being female puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation here are important facts every woman should know:  

Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women. Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. A woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. 

There are multiple reasons why women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men, including: 

  • Women tend to have smaller, thinner bones than men. 
  • Estrogen, a hormone in women that protects bones, decreases sharply when women reach menopause which can cause bone loss. This is why the chance of developing osteoporosis increases as women reach menopause. 
  • For women over 50, it is important to get a Bone Density Scan. Bone density scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray technology. Bone density is often measured to detect or monitor osteoporosis or other medical conditions found in the bones. The scan is also known as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), or bone densitometry, and is most often performed in the lower spine and hips. It is the established measuring standard for bone mineral density (BMD). In some adults and most children, the whole body is scanned. DEXA uses very low radiation amounts. 

A physician's order is required.