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

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Class

Prenatal & Parenting

Eau Claire, WI
12/19/2017
6-7 p.m.

Baby Café Mankato

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
12/21/2017
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
01/02/2018
6-8 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
01/08/2018
7-9 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
01/18/2018
6-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Weekends

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
01/19/2018
Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breast-feeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
02/05/2018
6-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
02/10/2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
12/12/2018
7-9 p.m.

In The News

First class begins in new residency program in Eau Claire

Five residents are the first to begin work in the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire.

July 6, 2017
Belle Plaine now offers OB-GYN services locally

Beginning April 20, Tarek Khalife, M.D., and Becky DeLuca, nurse practitioner, will begin providing obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) services in Belle Plaine.

April 14, 2017
First babies of the new year announced in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague

Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its hospitals in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague. 

January 3, 2017
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

Too Embarrassed to Ask: I just had a baby — what's wrong with my moods?

Having a baby is one of the most important, joyful, exciting and tumultuous times in a woman's life. Just as a joyfully anticipated pregnancy can still have its ups and downs, so too can the birth of a new baby.

Caitlin Dunham MD By Caitlin Dunham November 14, 2017

Family ties: Four generations, one provider

Twenty-one years ago, Cheri Olson, M.D., helped welcome twins Kinsey and Sydney Freitag into the world. Soon, she’ll help deliver Kinsey’s first child, ushering in a fourth generation of the family.

November 6, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: An update on Pap tests

The guidelines about when women should have a Pap test have changed. Studies about HPV and cervical cancer conducted over the last 10–20 years have identified no advantages to having an annual Pap test over the current recommendations.

Cynthia Haugsdal NP By Cindy Haugsdal November 2, 2017

Family ties: Three generations, one provider

Whether it is time for a well-child visit, a preventive exam or a bigger health concern, Cheryl and Dan Meyer and family, including their adult daughters and young grandchildren, call Sarah Strahm, a family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. As a Family Medicine provider, Strahm takes care of patients of all ages and life stages.

October 24, 2017

Syphilis: A rising community presence

Across the country, the rate of syphilis infection is increasing. Learn more about syphilis and how you can reduce your risk of getting or spreading the infection.

Trevor Rich, M.D. By Trevor Rich October 19, 2017

Important information for breast cancer prevention

I challenge you to not only support Breast Cancer Awareness Month but to take your own awareness of breast cancer one step further. I encourage you to be aware of the risk factors for breast cancer and what strategies you can implement in your lifestyle to reduce your risk.

Hanna_Mina By Mina Hanna October 19, 2017

Tips for cooking for one or two

Cooking for one or two doesn’t mean you have to let your health go by the wayside and resort to meals of cold cereal, grilled cheese and canned soup, or microwave meals. With some helpful tips, you can be cooking healthy and efficiently for a smaller household in no time.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen October 17, 2017

Holiday table topics: Know your family's health history

You know every detail of your parents’ first date and have your grandmother’s lefse recipe committed to memory. But when your doctor asks if anyone in your family has had heart disease, you draw a blank.

October 12, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Why are my periods irregular, heavy and painful?

Menstrual cycle irregularities are common among women. There are three common bleeding patterns, and each is associated with a number of causes.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya October 5, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome: Why go to occupational therapy?

People use their hands to complete tasks every day. Some of these tasks can be repetitive in nature and cause pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs with repetitive flexion or bending at the wrist. This causes inflammation and swelling within the carpal tunnel of the wrist and puts pressure on the median nerve.

Darci Naig OTR By Darci Naig August 22, 2017

Why are my periods so irregular, heavy and painful?

Menstrual cycle irregularities are common among women. The causes of abnormal bleeding depend on the age of the woman. For example, cancers are more common among postmenopausal women, while pregnancy-related bleeding is more common among reproductive-age women.

Fadi Yahya MD By Fadi Yahya June 27, 2017

A new me: Learning to live well with chronic conditions

Living with a chronic condition can be a challenge. Just ask Barb Welch. She lives with two of them. “I have diabetes and arthritis,” Welch says. “I have a lot of aches and pains.”

June 23, 2017