Dr. Casey Younkin

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Springfield, IL
40 years experience male

Locations

SIU School of Medicine

Springfield, IL

Address

Dept of OB/GYN, PO Box 19640, 415 N. 9th Street, Suite 6W70, Springfield, IL, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

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Humana Insurance Company

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Medicaid

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About

Bio

I am originally from Springfield, Illinois, I attended Southeast High School. Then I went to college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, from there I attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. I did a four year residency in OB/GYN in St. Louis. I then came back to Springfield where I was in private practice from 1988 to 2003. I have been a full time faculty member of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since 2003. I practice obstetrics and gynecology, see new patients and teach residents and medical students. My special interest is in bone health in the aging, postmenopausal patient. I also perform minimally invasive surgery.

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

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129 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
At first visit: The HIV (aids) test should be done as a routine test with the blood that is drawn at the first prenatal visit.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes, maybe: Mosquitoes are attracted to heat. Since pregnant women have a higher core temperature, they might have a higher skin temperature as well. I have nev... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Use protection: You should use some type of contraception besides the morning after pill, if you want reliable protection from pregnancy. Many patients on convention... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Medical records. : Who was her doctor? You may be able to find out if he or she prescribed DES - not all doctors recommended it.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Prenatal care : You need plenty of sleep, eat right so that you gain 20 pounds max, exercise some and start seeing your health care practitioner as soon as you are pr... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Should be ok. : As long as she has not actually missed a pill it should be fine. I tell patients to take a pill at the same time daily so they don't forget a pill.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Nasal passages. : Unlike flu the common cold does not affect the lungs or get into the bloodstream. It inflames and congests the nasal airway.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Watch weight. : Don't smoke, keep your weight normal and exercise regularly. Do something you enjoy. Help others. Don't drink excessively or use street drugs. See yo... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Hmmmm...: It seems strange to me that he would tell you that, but it might be a dilated blood vessel so he should tell his doctor about it.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Cyst?: Skin cysts or old boils can have this appearance.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
0.8 cm: But it varies, for evaluation purposes it's more important to know the structure of the lining by looking at it under a microscope.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Do not worry.: Many women have very light periods on birth control pills. Sometimes the period does not occur at all, as long as you take your pill every day you do... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Blood cell antibody: If your blood type is a negative, that means your red blood cells lack the rh antigen (protein), if you are exposed to rh positive cells in a blood tr... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Hot flashes : Menopause means your periods have stopped, in the context of falling estrogen levels. This happens around age 51-52 for most women. You might experi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It can be.: There's no harm if this is taken according to directions, but it should only be taken under the direction of a physician. It is an "expectorant" to h... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Rising, then falling: Estrogen levels first rise at the time of menarche, which is the time of the first menstrual flow, about age 11-13 for most girls. Estrogen is the pr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Partly effective: You may mean menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some patients take otc products made from black cohosh or soy that sometimes h... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
See your doctor: Some women have painful periods (dysmenorrhea) or heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) from their first period, others develop this later in life, maybe after... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not usually: A pelvic exam really should not be painful, if it is then that tells the examiner that something is wrong, and that needs to be investigated. Some pa... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Maybe: If the enlarged ovaries are due to polycystic disease or functional cysts it may help.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
No: Not enough of these medicines are absorbed to lower the effectiveness of the pill.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
No testosterone: It was found some time ago that testosterone isn't a good treatment. Lots of side effects, like deepened voice and hair growth. Steroid ointment lik... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Usually not.: If done by an experienced practitioner, and there are no complications like infection, there should not be any long-term issues like subsequent infert... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Maybe: You would need a specialist who does advanced spinal surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Sometimes: Some family doctors do this but not all. If your doctor specializes in women's health it is likely.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It may decrease. : Wellbutrin, or bupropion, can stimulate sex drive in some people. It may not be a good idea to stop it.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Reflex : Sneezing is a reflex behavior that can be triggered, the "tickle" is probably the nerves being stimulated, once the sneeze happens the reflex is compl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Very unlikely. : A woman could lose a lot of blood and pass out from a tubal, or ectopic, pregnancy, but not paralysis.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
2 possibilities : That i can think of, if you are over 40 and / or overweight then i would say sleep apnea. If you are young then maybe allergies. See your doctor!
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Waiting for old pix?: They may be waiting for your previous ultrasound pictures to arrive, if you had any.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Wash your hands. : Most viruses are passed thru close contact. Avoid touching your nose or face unless your hands are clean.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Testing your balance: You might be talking about the "romberg test" that is a test of inner-ear function (ability to balance). It's not so much the arms being uneven that ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Clomiphene. : Clomid (clomiphene) is a drug that a doctor can prescribe to increase your fertility. If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, you sho... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Skin tears. : Thinning skin or yeast infection. Your skin may be abnormally thin leading to tears esp. With intercourse. Do you have a discharge? Itching?
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A female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Maybe....: How are they sure this is a cystadenoma? If it really is one, it should be removed. It will continue to grow and there's a slight chance of cancer.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It: It depends but you should see a perinatologist, also called mfm (maternal-fetal medicine) specialist.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Maybe: Clomid, (clomiphene) or Clomiphene citrate, stimulates estrogen production by the ovary, that could cause the breast to produce colostrum.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Inaccurate. : You probably are not having menstrual cycles. If your goal is pregnancy you will probably need treatment. One cause for the persistent positive ovula... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Doubtful : If you took the pill according to directions it is very effective, but check a test to be sure.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes, it should: It sounds like you are talking about ultrasound results, the uterus can be enlarged because of polyps an this could give a heterogeneous (mixed) appea... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Atrophy?: You may have vaginal atrophy or a vaginal infection, see your doctor to find out. It probably isn't the chlorine, but the ph that irritates.
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A female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Unlikely to be preg: Periods can be absent or delayed for reasons besides pregnancy. You should check a pregnancy test however and then consult with your doctor.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: It sounds like you are well protected. Condoms cannot always prevent STD's like herpes however so be careful
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Favorable: It means the endometrium has been affected by Progesterone and is ready for implantation of a fertilized egg, or zygote.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Wear a firm bra.: Assuming you were recently pregnant, the breast will keep on producing milk as long as it's stimulated. When you stop breastfeeding, wearing a bra, a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Sleep, exercise: Depression is sadness or social detachment, you should discuss your case with your doctor. If you can keep your mind and body active it really helps.... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not to worry. : Irregular periods are usually caused by a failure to ovulate on time, and that can be due to any of multiple reasons including stress or illness. Your... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not recommended. : It's probably not pleasant because the tissues of the anal canal are delicate and sexual penetration is damaging the blood vessels etc. The anus isn'... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Every 28 days. : Normally if your periods are regular it should be pretty close to this.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Younkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Younkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thanks ive been constipated frequently since a right hemicolectomy two years ago. but ive never been this big
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Thank you, Dr. Younkin. That makes sense because I had heard that my middle-aged aunt had the procedure.
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thank you for your opinion. I have however, taken a pregnancy test and got a negative reading.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Best Doctors 2005-
APGO teaching award 2004
Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Third Place, Illinois - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
Illinois State Medical Society
Sangamon County Medical Society
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