Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Women's Health

Women's health — from leading health risks to PMS, menopause, breast health and more.

Classes & Events

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-8 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Barron, WI
4-8 p.m.

Breast-feeding Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
6-7:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Education Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Barron, WI
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
6-9 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
7-9 p.m.

Saturday Birth Basics Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In The News

Fast-track hysterectomy in Eau Claire helps women head home quicker for recovery

A fast-track hysterectomy is designed to prepare women to go home after a short stay in the hospital, often hours after surgery.

February 12, 2016
New inpatient OB-GYN director named in Eau Claire

Registered nurse Christine Boe previously worked as nursing supervisor in Surgical Prep & Recovery in Eau Claire.

October 5, 2015

From The Blog

7 ways to combat coughs and colds

The next time you go to see your health care provider for an upper respiratory illness — a cough or cold — don't assume you'll get a prescription for an antibiotic. While antibiotics don't treat viral illnesses, you can use a these seven tips to help with recovery.

Emily Langer PA By Emily Langer January 10, 2017

Vulvar health — Pay attention. Speak up.

The vulva is made up of mucous membranes, several glands, and highly innervated and sensitive skin and hair follicles. This makes it one of the most anatomically and physiologically intricate body parts. Vulvar health is dependent on many aspects of a woman's health.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife December 27, 2016
Becky DeLuca CNP By Becky DeLuca December 27, 2016

Avoiding injuries common in active women

It’s no secret that most women juggle many responsibilities, whether with work, family, friendships, volunteerism or all of the above.

November 25, 2016

Women’s health: Education is the answer

Women’s bodies experience many changes over a lifetime, so it’s never too late to educate yourself about what to expect.

November 25, 2016

3 tips to keep burnout at bay

Humans aren't programmed to go through life without rest, solitude or downtime. With everything going on, it’s easy to get blindsided by stress and burnout. So, it’s important to beware of symptoms and acknowledge when your responsibilities start to become too much to handle. 

Tiffany Casper DO By Tiffany Casper November 9, 2016

You don't need fancy products for good feminine hygiene

Have you every walked down the feminine hygiene aisle at a drugstore and wondered if all those so-called cleansing products are really necessary? They're not. A woman only needs to clean her vagina with warm water. Yes, warm water.

November 2, 2016

6 helpful tips for managing urinary retention and incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a prevalent issue, with anywhere from 25-50 percent of women reporting an episode in the past year. Managing urinary conditions can be frustrating and time consuming, but there are helpful tips and lifestyle changes that can reduce the burden this condition causes.

October 25, 2016

Hunting and heart attacks

Your gear might be prepared for hunting season, but have you stopped to ask yourself if your body is ready?

Anthony Furlano DO By Anthony (Tony) Furlano October 13, 2016

Work more comfortably while pregnant

For most women, taking nine months off to rest while pregnant is not a possibility. Women often plan to work right up to their due date in order to get the most time possible with their baby during maternity leave. But working during pregnancy isn’t always easy. In order to stay healthy and productive on the job, it’s helpful to understand how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts.

Bert Hodous MD By Bert Hodous September 27, 2016

Women and stroke: What you need to know

Ladies, the statistics are not in our favor. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, and each year 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, each year stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. In addition, the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia, gestational diabetes and post-menopausal hormone therapy pose special stroke risks for women.

September 20, 2016

Bariatric surgery and healthy lifestyle help Chippewa Falls woman lose and keep off weight

Like many of us, Leslie Swoboda has struggled with her weight for yea­rs. The 54-year-old Chippewa Falls, Wis., woman has tried various weight loss programs, dropping pounds periodically just to re-gain them after falling back into old habits.

September 9, 2016

Coloring is good for your health

What used to be known as a simple, fun activity for kids is now a tool for practicing good mental health. Coloring has recently become the newest craze, especially for adults. Although some are skeptical, many experts are confident in the therapeutic effects that take place when someone sits down with some colored pencils and paper.

Cassie Welsh, L.P.C. By Cassie Welsh August 17, 2016