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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
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

2197697689

Insurances accepted

Aetna

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Medicare

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Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)

Railroad Medicare

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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
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Family Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy: You would have to be 20 weeks along for this size and it would be remarkable at age 48 to be pregnant.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Vaginal lacerations: Depending on size and depth anywhere from one to three weeks.
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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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Vulvitis: Usually it is fungal. Try topical yeast medicine.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Irregular cycles: Delayed or no ovulation is the cause of irregular cycles. See your gynse.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Ocp bleeding: If you're taking your pills, you shouldn't be pregnant.. There are lots of reasons for breakthrough. See your ob.Gyn for an exam.
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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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fiber: Any natural fiber helps with constipation. Eat veggies and drink water.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Urine test: Protein and sugar to make sure you are not preeclamptic or diabetic.
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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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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fertile times: Usually right after a period is 'safe' but it is more reliable to use pills.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Bad sex days: People have sex throughout the cycle and it is ok.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fertile times: Usually you are fertile in the middle of a cycle. Pills are safer.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Cleaning products: Lysol wipes are safe and peroxide used topically is safe as well, i'm not aware of any pregnancy warnings. The fan is helpful and if there are fumes,... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fever: Fever is due to the infection.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Iud and breast pain.: Generally, there is no relation especially if the iud is a Paraguard.
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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Hormone balance: If your estrogen and progestin in your pill is balanced just right , you don't get bleeding! most women consider it a blessing.
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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 female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Use condoms!!: Every day i see sexually transmitted diseases caused by "not being careful." respect yourself.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Post biopsy bleeding: A short while, less than a week.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
HEPARIN AND BLEEDING: AT AGE 47, SOMETIMES THE CYCLES ARE IRREGULAR, SOMETIMES HEAVIER, WHETHER YOU ARE ON HEPARIN OR NOT ON HEPARIN.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Drug interactions: No interaction. At this point pregnancy is a non issue. I would imagine the doctor has you on OCPs to regulate heavy bleeding.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Edema: Wear support hose and put those legs up.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Menstrual cycle: A usual cycle is 28 days, with ovulation in the middle. Your period is called day 1.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Fishy smells: A high vaginal ph causes this odor and is not related to eating fish. See your gyn for help.
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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 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Sutures: I practice here in "the region." the hospitals have chromic and vicryl suture for OB gyn use. They will absorb and it is really unusual that they have... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Weight gain: There are 3500 calories in a pound. Say you usually do 500 calories of exercise a day,,, you'll gain a pound a week. if you are sedentary more or les... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Telogen effluvium: It is normal to lose hair after delivery as hair cycles between growth during pregnancy and loss postpartum.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Pregnancy: Pace yourself. Sit down if you are faint. Have your doctor examine you.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Vaccines: The nurse put the vaccine deep into your muscle. That was blood that you felt.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Right hip pain: This may be a ruptured ovarian cyst, ovarian torsion appendicitis, or other diagnosis . Call your OB and get checked out.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Cycles: Generally ,if you are pregnant you won't get a period. Every period is different depending on the tissue that has to be shed.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
PRODUCTIVE COUGH: iT SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOU NEED AN EVALUATION FOR POSSIBLE SINUSITIS.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Menopause weight: Welcome to menopause where the estrogen that doctor gives you will only help with the flashes. As you found out, there is much much more to this t... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Tight vagina: Until you have children, it is not unusual; After you push out a baby, it is not the same.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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Then riddle me this: I'm 5' 10" and weighed about 150# until the dr took my ovaries. I eat no differently and my level of exercise is the same as it was previously. I now weigh around 260 and can lo...Read More
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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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