Blog

Dr. Sree Talks About Fertility
Apr. 30, 2018 11:33 am


Simply put, a lot goes into the conception process.  There’s the egg, sperm, fallopian tubes, fertilization, the women’s embryo, hormones, and not to mention each of those pieces needing to be in a healthy state.  All but one of those parts could go completely right and infertility could still be the result. We, at Women’s Care, are here for those times. By providing specialists who can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, we provide personalized treatment for your journey in the best interest of you.  In having a conversation of fertility, we rounded up some common public questions regarding the process, treatments, and how we’re here to help.

(read more)

- Comments


Dr. Valary Gass Talks About STI's
Apr. 11, 2018 2:38 pm



     With the spread of STI’s on the rise, we want to make sure every woman in our Circle of Care has the information she needs to live a safe and healthy life. That’s why we’re breaking down the most effective ways to prevent contracting an STI and what symptoms require a prompt visit to your OB/GYN.

What are STI’s?
Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are infections or viruses spread from person to person by intimate physical contact or through sexual intercourse. Common STI’s include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, and syphilis.
Aside from colds and the flu, STI’s are the most common contagious (easily spread) infections in the United States. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that there are millions of new cases each year, so it’s important to know the facts when it comes to protecting your body.

How Can I Protect Myself?
     The good news is, there are a lot of different ways you can protect yourself. You can reduce your risk by of contracting an STI by:

  • Limiting your number of sexual partners. 
  • Using protection (such as condoms) every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex. 
  • Making
(read more)

- Comments


Dr. Kercher Talks About Tdap
Mar. 28, 2018 4:16 pm

   
      Whether you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we believe it is important for you to focus on taking good care of yourself and make sure you receive the best care possible for a healthy pregnancy. We also know that you probably have a lot of questions about your pregnancy, so we sat down with Dr. Marley Kercher to address some of the most common questions we receive about the Tdap vaccination.

What is the Tdap Vaccine and Why is it Important?

The Tdap vaccine protects against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a disease that spreads quickly and is especially dangerous for babies.
    “It is really important for women who are pregnant to receive the Tdap vaccine because the majority of morbidity and mortality from pertussis occurs in infants less than 3 months old,” Dr. Kercher says.
Infants typically do not receive their first set of vaccinations until they are 2 months old, but women can help protect their babies from pertussis by receiving the Tdap vaccination between 27 and 36 weeks of their pregnancy.
“The baby gets some passive immunity from the mother if she is vaccinated, so it provides some protection for the newborn before they are able to receive their own immunizations,” Dr. Kercher says. (read more)

- Comments


Dr. Yarroch Talks About Endometriosis
Mar. 22, 2018 5:31 pm



Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just can’t seem to shake throughout the month? For 1 in 10 women, these killer cramps are more than just your average visit from Aunt Flo, they’re a symptom of endometriosis. Although endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, many go undiagnosed. Here’s what you need to know about this painful disease and how to find out if endometriosis could be affecting you.

What is Endometriosis?
"Endometrial cells are what make up the lining of the uterine cavity," Dr. Yarroch explains. "In women with endometriosis, these cells are found in implants outside of the uterus where they cause inflammation."

This inflammation can result in pain and significant scarring to the surrounding tissue.

What Causes Endometriosis?

"There are various theories about what causes endometriosis, but the most accepted theory was first described in the 1920's and is referred to as retrograde menstruation," Dr. Yarroch says.

In this theory, it is proposed that there is a backflow of menstrual blood and tissue from the uterus through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvis.

"We do have evidence that there is an increased risk of endometriosis in women with heavy menstrual bleeding and longer or more frequent menstrual cycles," Dr. Yarroch says.

Doctors also know that estrogen (read more)

- Comments


The Facts Surrounding Heart Disease
Feb. 22, 2018 11:16 am



February is filled with all things heart-shaped -- from Valentine’s Day cards to candies -- but this month, we’re highlighting hearts in a different way. We sat down with Dr. Zafarani of Women’s Care to take a closer look at the facts surrounding heart disease and what you can do to stay healthy.

What Is Heart Disease?

While many people correlate heart attacks with heart disease, there are a wide variety of heart complications that fall under this category. Even though blockages in the arteries are one of the most common issues, heart disease also covers problems that arise in the heart valves, the electric system, the myocardium (heart muscle), and the pericardium (lining of the heart).

In short, if you have a heart, you could be affected by heart disease. Even young, healthy women are at risk, although they are more likely to experience congenital heart abnormalities (like mitral valve prolapse) or genetic problems than a heart attack.

“Women should take the time to learn more about heart disease because it is the number one cause of mortality in women,” Dr. Zafarani explains. “It affects one in four women, even though ⅔ of women do not report having any symptoms.”

How To Lower Your Risk 

Heart disease is preventable, so it is important to know what steps you can take to keep (read more)

- Comments


The Facts Surrounding Cervical Cancer
Jan. 23, 2018 12:06 pm



According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, even though the disease is almost always preventable with vaccination and regular screening. At Women’s Care, we’re devoted to keeping our patients healthy and we believe having access to the most up-to-date educational information is crucial to making important decisions about your well-being. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Therese Yarroch to get the facts about cervical cancer prevention.




What Is Cervical Cancer? 

Generally speaking, cancer begins when cells in the body start to grow out of control. Cervical cancer occurs in the cells “in the bottom portion of the uterus that we can see on a speculum exam through the vagina,” Dr. Yarroch explains.

Almost any part of the body can become cancerous and that cancer can continue to spread to other areas of the body.

Are Certain Women At A Higher Risk For Cervical Cancer?

Unlike many diseases, Dr. Yarroch notes that family history does not normally increase your likelihood of contracting cervical cancer.

“In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by HPV, which is a very common sexually transmitted virus that suppresses the immune system,” Dr. Yarroch says.
(read more)

- Comments


When Should My Daughter Have Her First Gynecologist Visit?
Jan. 15, 2018 4:29 pm




For many young women, the thought of seeing a gynecologist for the first time can feel scary or even embarrassing, but this should be a time when your daughter feels comfortable and is able to ask questions about her developing body. We talked with Dr. Valary Gass of Women’s Care to provide you with the information you need to help your daughter feel more positive and less stressed out about her first gynecologist visit.
What Age Should I Schedule My Daughter’s First Gynecologist Visit?
“The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that girls between the ages of 13-15 visit with a gynecologist,” (read more)

- Comments


Changes To Pap Smear Screening Guidelines
Dec. 20, 2017 8:58 am


If you’re like most women who dread having to get a Pap smear done at your yearly wellness check, you’re in luck! Changes in the Pap smear screening guidelines now advise against annual Pap smears for the majority of women. We sat down with Dr. Valary Gass at Women’s Care of Wisconsin to discuss what guidelines have changed so you know what to expect at your next gynecologist visit.

First, Let’s Talk About What A Pap Smear Is


(read more)

- Comments


Breast Cancer Prevention
Nov. 28, 2017 6:39 pm


Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime? It might not be Breast Cancer Awareness Month anymore, but at Women’s Care we believe it’s important to keep the conversation going all year long. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Valary Gass to talk about the preventative steps we can all take to stay healthy.

Knowing The Symptoms:

Breast cancer is the (read more)

- Comments


So, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?
Nov. 8, 2017 10:58 am



So, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?

For many women, (read more)

- Comments


Choosing The Right Health Insurance Plan
Oct. 24, 2017 3:13 pm



As the Health Insurance Marketplace transitions to plans with higher deductibles, patients are facing more financial responsibility than they ever have in the past. This makes understanding your plan options and benefits extremely important, so we sat down with Women’s Care’s Practice Administrator, Tasha Frahm, to learn more about what changes patients can expect and get her advice on how to choose the best plan.

Changes in the Health Insurance Marketplace

(read more)

- Comments


Myth #5: Midwives Only Work With Women Who Are Pregnant.
Sep. 29, 2017 1:04 pm



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
(read more)

- Comments


Myth #4: If I Choose To Have A Midwife, I Am Putting My Baby At Risk If Something Goes Wrong.
Sep. 1, 2017 1:44 pm


Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

(read more)

- Comments


Why Are More Women Choosing To Use Nitrous Oxide?
Aug. 17, 2017 11:39 am



At Women's Care, we believe in providing our patients with options so we can develop a health plan that meets both their physical and emotional needs. That means having the most advanced techniques, which is why we're happy to offer patient-controlled nitrous oxide to assist with pain relief and anxiety during gynecological procedures.

"We have a lot of women who are now choosing to use nitrous just because of the ease and the availability," Tanya Henry, RN, explains. "Before when we didn't have it, just the simple procedure of an IUD placement or a biopsy for a patient who couldn't tolerate it meant we would have to use sedation of some sort."

When nitrous oxide is used for gynecologic procedures, the gas is inhaled through a mask for about 30 seconds before the procedure begins.

Unlike a sedative, the effects of nitrous oxide start to fade quickly as the gas is cleared from the body through the lungs.

"Nitrous oxide completely relaxes the patient enough without the complications that could arise in having to go to sleep," Tanya says. "It's much better than using a sedation option where the patient would be down and out for the rest of the day."

(read more)

- Comments



Myth #3: If I Choose To Have A Midwife, My Birth Has To Be All Natural
Aug. 3, 2017 7:51 pm


Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
(read more)

- Comments


Breastfeeding In Public: What You Need To Know
July 28, 2017 10:41 am


Our very own Dr. Vandenberg shares a few of her favorite breastfeeding facts and lessons.

(read more)

- Comments


What Is Nitrous Oxide and How Does It Work?
July 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Nitrous oxide, often called "laughing gas", has been a common practice to help cope with pain for many years. While it’s mainly used in dental offices, Women’s Care of Wisconsin is happy to offer you the option of patient-controlled nitrous oxide to assist with pain relief and anxiety during gynecological procedures.



Women’s Care’s Registered Nurse, Tanya Henry, explains that the nitrous oxide “helps relax you and helps you manage your pain”
(read more)

- Comments


Myth #2: Midwives Can Only Deliver Babies At Home
June 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky
(read more)

- Comments


Myth #1: Midwives Are Just Untrained Labor Coaches
June 21, 2017 2:11 pm



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
(read more)

- Comments


3D Ultrasound: What’s It All About?
May 18, 2017 9:14 am


Whether you’re expecting your first child, adding a little brother or sister to the family, or just curious about advancements in medical technology, a lot of people have questions about 3D ultrasounds.

With the help of Women’s Cares’ ultrasound supervisor, Jackie, we’re here to answer some of the most common questions patients have surrounding 3D ultrasounds and learn a little bit more about why this technology is so beneficial for patients and doctors alike.

(read more)

- Comments


What You Need To Know About Endometriosis
Mar. 21, 2017 2:21 pm



Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just
(read more)

- Comments


The ART of Physical Therapy
Aug. 1, 2016 4:29 pm

For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.



Many times, my patients have questions about what I’m feeling or treating when I work with them. Most people know that physical therapists work with problems within the body, but in my line of practice, people are often befuddled about how and why they were sent to me in the first place. I am going to tell you a little bit about how we (physical therapists) view the patient, how we see and feel their problem and how we justify the treatments that we do.

The first thing physical therapists do is realize that we are treating a whole person, not just a hip, or a bladder, or a sciatic nerve, for example. We understand that the things going on inside your body — what is happening in all your organs and tissues — has influences on neighboring, regional and distant areas of your body (so please, do not be too put off if I’m intrigued by your big toe when you were referred to me for your low back pain). For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.

There is an ART to what physical therapists do, both literally and figuratively. Please let me explain: ART stands for Asymmetry, Range of motion and Tissue texture change.

Asymmetry means that your right and left sides don’t match. So, when I’m evaluating a woman with any number of problems, I will check to see if her shoulders rest at the same height, if her arms are the same distance away from the body when she is standing up, if the hips are level, and/or if the feet are both pointing
(read more)

- Comments


Meet Preston and Kristy!
May 10, 2016 9:49 am
- Comments


Meet Kali!
Mar. 31, 2016 11:12 am


Hear why she is thankful for the midwifery services at Women's Care!


I became a first time mom to my beautiful daughter Brylee about 8 months ago and I was blown away with the care my husband and I received at Women’s Care of WI. We unfortunately lost a pregnancy at 8 weeks – this was a few months before we found out we were pregnant with Brylee – and Becky was there throughout that experience to support us. It was a very difficult time, but it was made easier by the caring and helpful staff at Women's Care. This is why we decided to continue care here as we continued our journey to get pregnant.

I am a practicing chiropractor in Neenah and I really wanted to have a provider that supported my requests for more natural decisions throughout my pregnancy and during the birth. My husband was uncomfortable with a home birth, so a great compromise was to deliver in a hospital with the guidance of a midwife.

Becky Kahler was an amazing guide and resource throughout my pregnancy and did an awesome job explaining the reasons why we should or shouldn't do certain things. She supported my natural mindset but also made sure that I knew what the supporting research showed.

I had complete confidence in Becky's ability to help me deliver my daughter and because of that I felt ready to become a first time
(read more)

- Comments

Click here for more updates.