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Dr. Helayne Merkin

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Park Ridge, IL
46 years experience female

Locations

Office

Park Ridge, IL

Address

Parkside Center, 1875 Dempster St. Ste465, Park Ridge, IL
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Insurances accepted

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

25 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Many people have flulike symptoms with a period. You should be evaluated for pelvic pain with an exam and ultrasound and if all is well can be offered... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
It's possible: With any surgical procedure on the uterus, there is a risk of infection which can lead to scarring in the uterus and infertility. Also, if too much ti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Paragard and Periods: Most people continue to have periods on paragard. Often, the periods are heavier and more painful. The usual things should be ruled out when you miss ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Vagina healthier: Estrace (estradiol) cream, when used regularly will increase blood flow the the vulva, vagina and urethra.It will help with lubrication and increase t... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Depo is 100% safe: Using Depo-Provera is 100% effective as long as you are on time with receiving the medication. There is no interference from other meds and along wit... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Can be normal: Many people have 32-35 day cycles so this can be normal. If no period after 60 days+test is neg+ you want to conceive, i would call your doctor for Pr... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Vaginal health: Sometimes an odor after a period can be due to old blood or it can also be due to feminine products and the chemicals they are made with, such as pad... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Common Sense Rules: During pregnancy it is always best not to lie flat on one's back but propped up on 2+ pillows or lying on left or right side.It is also good to have s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: This is the time when many life changes are happening and healthy lifestyle plays a huge role.Eating right, exercising, sleeping well, avoiding tobacc... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Cramps can be nl: Menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea can be a very normal symptom of your period. It is caused by a chemical called prostaglandin that can cause cramps, h... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Depends on severity: Nausea+vomiting in pregnancy can start at 5-6 weeks, peak at 8-10 weeks and for most women it resolves at 12 weeks.Approximately 20% continue to have ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Endorphins = calm: When one exercises at a moderate comfortable level, the mind has time to solve problems and answer questions that you may be pondering when you are mo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not usually a worry: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud does have 2 strings but many people cannot feel them when they are both there. When 1 is felt, the other one has proba... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Major+minor issues : Minor issues are headache, nausea, bloating, water weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, and decreased libido. Major issues are heart attack, blood clo... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Pregnancy symptoms: The most common symptoms of early pregnancy are fatigue, breast pain and nausea. Many women feel "pre-menstrual" but more exaggerated when they are in... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
PREGNANCY / TIMING: In a 28-30 day cycle, you look for the "mid-cycle", day 14-16 and subtract 3 days and add 3 days to this date and then you have a fertile week. You sh... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Mid-cyle calculation: The 1st day of one period to the first day of the next is your cycle length. Find the avg. Midpoint, day 15-16 and add 3 days and subtract 3 days and ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Paragard or Mirena (levonorgestrel): With paragard, period may have same or heavier flow and same or heavier cramping than before insertion. With mirena, (levonorgestrel) Progesterone is ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Within 3 days : If the ultrasound is done in the 1st trimester it is very accurate in dating the pregnancy usually within 3 days of accuracy. The later in pregnancy t... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
There are many: The most common early symptoms of pregnancy are fatigue, nausea and breast tenderness.Many people feel cramps in early pregnancy, like the way they fe... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
It depends on job: As long as women are able to perform their jobs without significant changes and are carrying the same level of responsibility they had before, they wi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Condoms-good choice: Many married couples are very compliant and pleased with condoms for long term contraception. It is usually well tolerated by all and is very effectiv... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not a true pregnancy: The uterine environment may be hostile, such as with an iud, or when there are polyps or fibroids in the uterus, or hormonal balance may not be right,... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Not harmful: There doesn't appear to be any ingredients in the product that would be harmful. Most topical treatments do not penetrate the skin and go into the blo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Helayne Merkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Nl period symptoms: The body releases a chemical called prostaglandin that peaks before and with the start of a period.The chemical can cause headaches, cramping, fever c... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Merkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Merkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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i appreciate your answer but ialso have UC so i can only take tylenol
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Pennsylvania
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

University of Massachusetts Medical Center

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