Dr. Mary Vanko

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Merrillville, IN
36 years experience female

Locations

Mary Vanko MD

Merrillville

Address

280 East 90th Drive, Easton Court, Merrillville
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

2197697689

Insurances accepted

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Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

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About

Bio

Dr Mary Vanko is a board certified OB/GYN who trained at the University of Illinois College of medicine and did a residency at University of Illinois Hospital. Prior to medical school, Dr Vanko taught for the Chicago Public Schools for ten years. With over 25 years experience, she is interested in many clinical areas including preventive health, high risk ob, contraception, minimally invasive surgery, vaginal surgery, and urogynecology. She is an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Indiana University. She lives with a pager on , is accessible 24/7 and does her own deliveries. She is active in many local and national organizations to improve the health of women As a married mother of three, she understands the specialty. She is in private practice at Women's Care Associates.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Many conditions: If you are on contraception then itr is okay to have light cycles. Otherwise see your gyne.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Back pain: Low back pain is common in pregnancy.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Ocp expirations: Hotrmones are very stable but pills can degrade. Use in date meds, please.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Bleeding on Hormones: See your doc to clarify whether you are supposed to be bleeding; it depends on how you are taking your hormones.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pocedure restriction: Wait until the site heals. Don't risk infection or bleeding.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Facial peels: Use natural peels, exfoliate, do microderm if you must during pregnancy.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Herpes transmission: Herpes can be transmitted without a full blown outbreak. If your partner doesn't have herpes, take 400 mg of Acyclovir daily, .
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Perineal skin: The most important issue is to show the area to your gyn for evaluation to make sure that there are no malignant changes.Try an otc antifungal and th... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Postmenopausal bleed: You need an ultrasound to determine the size of the uterine strip and a biopsy or D and C to determine the cause.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Cycles: Your periods will vary if you are not using birth control. Take motrin for pain. If you have pain not relieved by 800 mg of motrin, see your gyn doc.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy tests: Even cheap pregnancy tests are remarkably accurate. Welcome to motherhood.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Hydrops: Your OB GYN or maternal fetal specialist needs to have a frank discussion with you regarding your infant's prognosis . It all depens (penicillami... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
5 week miscarriage: Sorry for your loss. There is no way to "save" products of conception that have miscarried. Generally there are abnormalities with first trimester mis... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Anal licking: You'd probably be sick already if you injested e coli.Hopefully he was squeeky clean and you're ok. Learn finger play if your man is into this....much... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
UTI: Pneumonia does not put you at risk for UTI.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Scar from bartholins: The incision should be inside the vagina so you don't see it.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Dermatitis: Use baby wipes and diaperene or a zinc ointment. It takes a while to improve
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Ovarian cyst: Your doctor will watch a cyst that is up to 6 cm. You may not be ovukatory and may need help. Ask your gyn
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Bleeding pattern: Normal has a wide spectrum. Your bleeding is normal.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Drug interaction: This has not been studied. See your obgyn to figure out a weight loss plan that will not interfere with your pill.
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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Irregular bleeding: It is normal to have irregular bleeding after placing Nextplanon. It will get better with time.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Missed cycle: After finishing the pill , ovulation may take a little longer than usual. Give it another 2 weeks before seeing your gyn. Have a preconception visit.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Not recommended: There is no reason for a man to take oral contraceptives.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Protected sex: If you took your active pills correctly, you won't get pregnant then.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
YES: As long as your thyroid levels are normal...Yes.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Mirena (levonorgestrel): You shouldn't feel a mirena (levonorgestrel). Have the doctor do a ultrasound to check placement.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
STD risk: Substantial so be tested for other STDs as well. Use condoms for your own protection.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Cramps: Take 800 mg of advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours. Cramps are common. See your obgyn to make sure there is not another problem.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Preconception: Check with a lh predictor kit to see whether you release eggs. If not see your obgyn.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Irregular bleeding: There can be many reasons from not ovulating to a cervical inflamation, to breakthrough bleeding on oral contraceptives.... If it worsens, see an ob/g... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fast food: Fast food is filled with fat and carbs...Notso good. It will make you gain weight and risk heart disease and diabetes.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Dense breasts: Due to decling levels of estrogen, fibrocystic disease is not a problem generally.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Minipill: The minipill is usually used for contraception, ask your doctor.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Horseradish: Enjoy your cocktail sauce; it's ok.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Nursing: Clean your hands. The bacteria is in your stool, not your milk.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Annovulatory cycle: Sometimes the ovary doesn't release an egg and the cycles are irregular; if you were pregnant, the test would be positive by now.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
No: Breasts are unique to each individual.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Work out timing: Same physiological effect no matter when you do it.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Ectopic: Pain, bleeding, abnormal progesterpone and HCG levels are signs and symptoms. See your doc.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Hiv and pregnancy: They will take multiple medicines, antivirals, to reduce the likelihood that the baby will have the virus.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Bv: Vaginal Metronidazole and vaginal Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) are best although the oral medicine works as well. There is also tindamax.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Hyst healing.: You don't want her vagina to rip open and her bowel to come out her vagina. Wait the six weeks!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy bump: You can notice the bump after 16 weeks of pregnancy
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Breast size: Your breasts respond to hormones and grow so that you can nurse your newborn.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy: If it's bad for you, it's bad for your baby. Don't turn blue.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Placental bloodflow: There are many situations like hypertension that affect the placenta's ability to nourish your baby. The doctor will keep a close eye on the baby's ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Check a PG test: You know it's through when your pg test is negative. See your OB though.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
WHITE STUFF: If it doesn't itch, burn or smell, you are ok.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
HTN and ocps: Most docs will not start a woman with high blood pressure on ocps. In rare cases the BP does rise after an ocp start. Iuds are a good option.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Implantaion bleeding: Generally, implantation bleeding is light, this sounds like a period. See your oobgyn for preconceptional counseling or contraception.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vanko is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vanko is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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May 24, 2012
Fast and accurate response
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Graduated 1987MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

Michael Reese Hospital & Medical Center

Residency

Cabrini Medical Center

Awards

PATIENT CHOICE, PATIENT CHOICE
CHIEF RESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
JAMES SCHOLAR, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Affiliations

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
American Medical Association
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