Chicago Women's Health Center

Compassionate • Collaborative • Comprehensive

FAQs

Can you bill health insurance?

CWHC no longer bills insurance for gynecological services. Click here for more information about this decision. For details on paying for your visit, click here. For more information on using insurance for counseling services, contact Tina Lee, Counseling Director, at 773-935-6126 x221.

Are you wheelchair accessible?

Yes, CWHC's space is wheelchair accessible. When you call to schedule your visit, please let us know you are using a wheelchair, and we will let you know how to enter the building.

Can you bill Public Aid?

No, CWHC does not bill Medicaid, the Illinois Healthy Women Card/Pink Card, or Medicare for gynecology or counseling services. Click here to learn more about this decision. For more details about paying for your visit, click here.

Are you a free clinic?

No, CWHC is not a free clinic and is not a government funded clinic. We do provide sliding scale fees. Read below for more information about our self-pay sliding scale fees. For more general information on payment procedures and options, click here.

Do you have sliding scale fees?

Yes, CWHC's mission is to provide health care, health education, and mental health services that are affordable for all. Click here for more details regarding the sliding scale fees for gynecological services. Click here for more details regarding the sliding scale fees for counseling services. For information about sliding scale fees for acupuncture, massage, and alternative insemination, call 733-935-6126.

Do you do STD screening?

Yes, CWHC provides complete screening for sexually transmitted diseases/infections.

What kinds of birth control do you offer?

CWHC offers comprehensive birth control counseling. In addition, we can provide the following birth control methods: cervical cap, condoms (male and female), diaphragm, oral contraceptive pills, the Nuva Ring, the patch, the IUD and spermicidal gel. In addition we offer referrals for depo provera.

Do you offer emergency contraception?

Yes. Emergency contraception must be administered within 72 hours after the incident of unprotected intercourse.

Do you have evening or weekend appointments?

Yes, and all visits are offered by appointment only. We are not open every week night or every Saturday. Generally, appointments for our Gynecology program are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Occasionally, Saturday afternoon appointments or appointments on other evenings are offered. Please call to see what appointment slots we currently have available.

Do you do abortions?

CWHC is a pro-choice organization. We do not provide abortions at the health center but we provide referrals as requested. We offer pregnancy options counseling for our clients with referrals and complete information about abortion, adoption, and prenatal referrals.

Can I have my baby through the Health Center?

CWHC does not provide prenatal care. We did have a prenatal program from 1982-2002 but not longer provide this service. We have offered Childbirth Education classes in the past but have none scheduled currently, please check back for any changes.We offer referrals for prenatal care. Please call for more information about these referrals.

Can I walk in or be squeezed in for an appointment?

CWHC is not a walk-in clinic. We do require that our clients set an appointment with us. We will see clients on a squeeze in basis only for the following concerns: urinary tract infection and some pregnancy screening. Any client who chooses a squeeze in appointment should call first and must arrive at the health center at the beginning of a scheduled clinic (typically 9am, 1pm and 6pm). All squeeze in clients will wait in our waiting room until a health provider can see them. Please contact our gynecology department at 773-935-6126 before you come in to the clinic for a squeeze in appointment. No walk in or squeeze in appointments are available in our counseling program. A scheduled in-take appointment is required to begin counseling services.

Can I get therapy at CWHC?

CWHC does provide counseling services. Read more information about the counseling services we provide.