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Dr. Mary Vanko

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Merrillville, IN
34 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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Practice website

Fax

2197697689

Insurances accepted

Aetna

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Medicare

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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

519 Answers
261 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Breast size: If you are having regular cycles and your nipples are fully developed, that is your breast size. Otherwise, see your gyn.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
C section risk: Abnormal placental position such as previa, placenta accreta are serious risks. Not to mention adhesions and trauma to bowel and bladdertalk to your d... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Paraguard: Paraguard does not cause your hair to fall out or be tired. You may need your thyroid checked.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ocp and taste: The two hormones that are in the pill shouldn't leave a taste in your mouth. I think this is a coincidence.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Irregular cycles: Ovulation varies. Use an lh kit and give it time....
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Vaginal size: Your vagina has the ability to stretch to deliver a baby. Don't worry. Everyone's vagina is similar in size.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Osteroporosis: See your endocrinologist but one drink a day and caffeine in moderation is ok.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Water temperature: Any temp you like is ok.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ocps: You can choose to skip cycles if you don't take the placebo pills. Your periods get shorter and lighter and sometimes they are only a spot ort two.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Tummy butterflies: If the pregnancy test is negative, it's probably either anxiety or maybe gas.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Breasts and hormones: Generally they don't grow much, maybe a half cup size.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
13 wk Miscarriage: This was probably an abnormal fetus and your likihood for a repeat event is small. See your doctor for a preconceptual bvisit along with your partn... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Off ocps: You will resume your normal cycle, assuming you haqd a normal cycle prior to the pill. Symptoms vary with every woman.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Soto syndrome: It is a new gene mutation that occurred at the time of conception or you may be in a family with this genetic trait Calcium has nothing to do with i... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Hysterctomy recovery: Please do a full visit where your doctor will explain all the risks and details. Everyone varies with recovery. I tell people to really feel well be... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Herpes confirmation: There are several tests that your doctor can do to confirm that you have herpes. Take your meds, use condoms and visit your physician
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Abortion pill: The abortion pill is an anti-progesterone pill. Norcolut should not be taken during pregnancy but will not cause abortion.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Diarrhea: The birth control does not cause diarrhea. If the diarrheai continues, see a physician.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Condom failure: Chances of failure have to do with timing of intercourse near your fertile days. Use Plan B if you don't want a baby.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Antibiotics: Take them on schedule. The blood level falls and the germs grow.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Ultrasound: Discuss with your physician, but usually it's normal.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Hormonal changes: Changes in hormones cause breast pain.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Brown discharge: This is normal as your cycles change as you get to be older
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Vaginal discharge: No. That's a normal discharge that you've described.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Dry skin: Here in the midwest, the weather plays a huge role; use lots of moisturizer. Lanolin on your nipples helps.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Early pregnancy: Doctor will check your sono in a week; you'll then know what is going on.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Labia: Labia can be many different sizes and be normal. See a gyn for an evaluation. Most women do not need labioplasty
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Conception/ suboxone: See your obgyn for a preconception visit. I would say the following: you are only 20 and already have a baby with another partner. Focus on your f... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Irregular bleeding: Review the chart to see where you were in your cycle. There are lots of reasons for bleeding and see a gyn for hormonal contraception. Condom failure... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Annovulatory cycles: You may need medicine to become ovulatory. See your OB for a preconception visit.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
10 week iup: You're probably fine but see your doc to check.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Hair Loss post baby: Hair is in a growth phase during pregnancy. After delivery, it enters another phase called telogen effluvium. There's not a lot you can do to stop i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Cramps.: Some Motrin before the biopsy prevents the pain for the 6 hours that some people cramp.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Clitoral color: Generally your labia and clitoris are the same color. If it markedly different or if it hurts, please see your gynecologist.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Post coital spotting: There are many reasons for spotting after sex. It may be due to cervicitis or from taking your pill late. If it worsens see your physician.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Cycles / sono: It is normal to have some variations in your hormones as one gets older. The reason for irregular cycles can not be determined from an ultrasound. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Vaginal size: Just as penile size is different, so is vaginal size!
A female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Tight vaginas: Only people who have never had babies have "tight" vaginas. As long as you and your partner are happy , it really doesn't matter. Keep the kegels up... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Annovulatory cycles: If you havwe PCOS and haven't ovulated, your cycles will come when it wants or when you take progestin to bring it down. Lose weight to optimize ovul... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Post abortion : Go to your own gyn for follow up. Uterine prolapse is not a side effect of the abortion but you may have some pelvic prolapse due to your last delive... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pregnancy planning: Was your lady ovulatory? Do you mean that she took the morning after pill because you didn't use a condom? If you conceived two weeks ago, your test w... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Preterm contraction: At 32 weeks, you need your contraction pattern and cervix evaluated. Go to the hospital.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Negative pg test: If blood and urine tests are negative, You are not pregnant. See your gyn for meds to bring down your cycle.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Pregnacy: Conception occurs according to when ovulation occurs, usually about days 12-14 from the first day of your period. The length of your period may vary f... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Abdominal pain: You may have been misdiagnosed. If you are worse and in pain , you need an evaluation to exclude a surgical abdomen.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Varied cycles: Cycles can vary in intensity and duration and be perfectly normal. The color doesn't matter and some months it may come sooner or later, all normal.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Post hyst vagina: Your surgeon should see you to see what is going on. It may be a simple vaginitis . It can be a cystocele or fallen bladder, rectocele or posterior bu... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Mirena (levonorgestrel): One of the advantages of Mirena (levonorgestrel) is short light cycles or no cycles at all. Enjoy!
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Perineal lesion: A doctor needs to look but it sounds benign and is most probably a skin tag of some sort. As long as it doesn't hurt, it can be left alone.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Doctor needs to put you on a progestin only birth control pill like micronor if she desn't want you on a pill that contains estrogen. Let her knpw ... Read More

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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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