Women's Health:
Fertility Care Center

featuring the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology

Today, many people are eager to learn more about their own bodies' natural processes and how to act healthfully and work cooperatively with them. They would like to learn safe, natural, healthy and holistic ways to plan their families. Franciscan Healthcare offers the Creighton Model FertilityCare System services to give couples this opportunity.

There are several modern, very effective, and scientifically proven methods out there to choose from. These methods are all very safe, healthy, natural, and holistic approaches to interpreting and embracing your fertility.

Why Creighton?
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) is an ovulation method that stands out as the most medically relevant and is the only one to feature NaProTechnology. NaProTechnology is a new women’s health science that monitors and maintains a woman’s reproductive and gynecological health and provides medical and surgical treatments that cooperate completely with the reproductive system. With CrMS couples are empowered with information about their fertility to more naturally:

  • Postpone pregnancy (99.5 percent effective)
  • Achieve pregnancy (98 percent effective)
  • Identify gynecological health issues
  • Enhance marital bonding

Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare features NaProTechnology. Once the woman's cycle is charted using CrMS, the health of her reproductive system can be evaluated based on the information that presents itself. NaProTechnology, by identifying the cause of the problem work to address and repair issues such as:

  • Infertility
  • Repetitive miscarriage
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Postpartum depression
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovarian disease
  • Irregular or abnormal bleeding
  • Prematurity prevention
  • Hormonal abnormalities
  • Chronic discharges
  • Other health problems

Online Resources for the Creighton Model:

How can I get started?
All couples will first attend an Introductory Session. It is an hour-long presentation that is designed to give couples enough information to decide if CrMS is right for them. Then, if interested in learning and using CrMS, couples will have the opportunity to receive their materials and schedule a follow-up session.

Follow-up sessions are held individually with couples. This is where the actual learning of the system takes place and where CrMS is tailored to the individual needs and goals of the couple. Classes are offered in both La Crosse and Onalaska. Registration is required. For more information, session rates, or to register, call 608-392-4624.

Accessing NaProTechnology
Charting with CrMS is the essential first step in accessing NaProTechnology services. Once charting has begun and the cycle has been reviewed by the practitioner, a referral can be made to Dr, Jennifer Althoff in the Center for Women's Health. 

FertilityCare Medical Consultants:

Jennifer P. Althoff, M.D., completed the Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant program through Creighton University and Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in 2007 after earning her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She completed a Family Medicine Residency in Greenwood, SC in 2008. She then went on to earn her certification as a FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals in 2010. She is happy to offer NaProTechnology medical services to women to help diagnose and treat gynecologic health abnormalities while sustaining procreative potential.

Diane Olson, FCP (FertilityCare Practitioner), completed the practitioner program through the Pope Paul VI Institute for Reproductive Health in 2004 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls. Diane worked at the Twin Cities FertilityCare Center until relocating back to the LaCrosse area. She is very happy to be able to offer these services to couples in the Coulee Region.

FertilityCare Practitioner, Kimberly Humm, FCP, completed the practitioner program through the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in 2011 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Kimberly and her family relocated back to their hometown of La Crosse after spending 8 years stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC.

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