Women's health

Aetna Better Health wants you to stay healthy. Scheduling a yearly well-woman checkup is one of the best ways to do this. Well-woman checkups are a covered benefit for Aetna Better Health members. During this checkup, your provider will do:

  • A cervical cancer screening (pap smear) to check for cervical cancer
  • A breast exam to check for breast cancer
  • A test to check for Chlamydia

You may not have any signs or symptoms of these problems. Getting a well-woman checkup each year can help catch problems early, before they affect your health. A woman's health can change quickly. That's why it's important to schedule a well-woman checkup each year.

Women's health tests

You can call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Women's Health Care Provider (WCHP) to schedule a well-woman checkup. Or, you may call an OB/GYN. You don't need a referral. Find a provider online or call Member Services toll free at 1-866-212-2851 for help.

Pregnancy

At Aetna Better Health we care about the health of every new life. Please tell us about your pregnancy as soon as possible. If you are already pregnant, you may be able to keep seeing your current doctor.

For more information, call Member Services toll free at 1-866-212-2851. If you have trouble hearing, call Illinois Relay at 7-1-1.

We want parents to be ready to care for their new baby. We offer:

  • Regular health care during and after pregnancy
  • Information, if needed, on nutrition programs such as WIC, dental care, child health services and family planning

A person who is having a baby and has a developmental disability may need extra care and services. An Aetna Better Health case manager can work with you. They can help you get what you need to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Call Member Services at 1-866-212-2851 if you would like a case manager to help you.

Mammograms

Women over 40 are recommended to have a mammogram each year. Mammograms detect breast cancer early, when it is too small to be felt. This is when breast cancer has the best chance of being cured. You can access a list of mammogram facilities near you.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Women aged 21-29 should have cytology (pap smear) every three (3) years. For women 30-65, extended screening to every five years (5) is appropriate after three satisfactory normal cytology results and a negative human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Women over 65 with adequate screening or women of any age who have had a hysterectomy with removal of the cervix for benign reasons and without a history of high grade lesion or at low risk for cervical cancer do not need screening. The HPV vaccine series should also be offered for those up to age 26 years old, if not already immunized.

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