Health Topics

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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
09/24/2018
7-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/25/2018
6-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
09/26/2018
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/27/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
10/04/2018
6-9 p.m.
Red Wing, MN
10/06/2018
8:30-11 a.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/13/2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/15/2018
6-7:30 p.m.

Look Good Feel Better

Women's Wellness

Fairmont, MN
10/22/2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Weekends

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
11/16/2018
Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
12/12/2018
7-9 p.m.

In The News

New OB-GYN welcomed in Red Wing

Sarah Helm, D.O., recently joined the women’s health team.

July 19, 2018
Nurse-midwife joins OB-GYN in Eau Claire

Heidi Carter’s professional interests include providing individualized health care to women, paying attention to their cultural, familial and social needs, with a particular interest in the LGBT...

May 7, 2018

From The Blog

6 contributors to bacterial vaginosis

It's hard to ignore when things are feeling a little off "down there." Learn about six factors that can contribute to bacterial vaginosis.

Carla Toft, C.N.M. By Carla Toft September 12, 2018

Let's talk low libido

As a family medicine physician, I understand how low libido and sexual issues can be an uncomfortable topic for patients to discuss. These are common problems that affect adults everywhere, yet many of the patients I see have never been asked about their sexual health.

Graham King MD By Graham King July 31, 2018

Is urine incontinence normal for women?

Although urine incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine, is a common symptom that affects 1 in 4 women, it's not normal. Learn about evaluation and treatment options.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife July 30, 2018

Q&A: The science behind weird body reactions

Ever wonder why your fingers wrinkle in water? Our bodies do some rather strange and unusual things. Find out science behind them.

Amy Rantala, M.D. By Amy Rantala July 27, 2018

Sexually transmitted diseases: What you need to know

You probably remember having some form of the safe sex talk with your parents with the focus around preventing pregnancy. It’s equally important to talk about sexually transmitted diseases.

Amber Kraft NP By Amber Kraft April 25, 2018

Ectopic pregnancy: Signs, treatment and future fertility

Ectopic pregnancies may be rare. However, in the off chance that an ectopic pregnancy is discovered, it’s a situation that needs to be taken seriously. Often, patients have questions and are looking for answers to help understand this condition. Here are a few of the most common themes discussed during the diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.

Tarek Khalife MD By Tarek Khalife March 19, 2018

Establishing healthy behaviors that stick

Living healthy is an excellent goal to aim for. Research and medical studies often promote the mental and physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle. So why do we still break our healthy promises when we know staying healthy helps us feel better?

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty March 14, 2018

Post-menopausal bleeding: Should you be concerned?

The term “menopause” can be daunting on its own, but coupling it with the words “abnormal bleeding” may cause extra concern. Consulting with your women's health care provider will determine the cause and next steps.

Madhu Bagaria MD By Madhu Bagaria March 8, 2018

Taking control of nosebleeds

At least once in a lifetime, almost everyone will experience a nosebleed. They are fairly common for adults and children, especially during dry winter months. Why do nosebleeds occur?

Thomas Lowry, M.D. By Thomas Lowry February 16, 2018

Why you should screen early and vaccinate against cervical cancer

Did you know that cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death in women? Find out what changed and how you can help protect yourself or your family against it.

February 12, 2018

Preparing for your first pelvic exam

Setting up your appointment for your first pelvic exam can be nerve-wracking. Even though it’s the most accurate way to screen for cervical cancer and HPV, the uncertainty of what it all entails still may leave you with questions.

January 23, 2018

Choose the birth control that’s best for you

Choosing the right birth control can be tricky. Many factors go into selecting the option that’s right for you.

December 29, 2017