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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 – Weekends

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
07/21/2018
Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Look Good Feel Better

Women's Wellness

Fairmont, MN
07/23/2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education – Tuesdays

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
07/24/2018
6-8 p.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
07/25/2018
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
07/26/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
08/06/2018
6-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
08/11/2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Breast-feeding: First Year of Life

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
08/16/2018
6-9 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
09/10/2018
7-9 p.m.
Menomonie, WI
12/12/2018
7-9 p.m.

In The News

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

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

Care teams: A family affair

Wellness is a family affair for Katie Meyer. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin, woman, her two children and mother see the same physician and care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and have for the past decade.

December 21, 2017

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