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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.
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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)

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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


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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.

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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?

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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

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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!
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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!

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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."

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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!
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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.

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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”
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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
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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!
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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.

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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
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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
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Meet Preston and Kristy!
May 10, 2016 9:49 am
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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
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Cervical Cancer Screening
Jan. 15, 2016 2:00 pm


New Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...


In the fall of 2012, 47 experts representing 23 professional societies, national and international health organizations, and federal agencies met to review and update the cervical cancer (Pap smear) screening guidelines. They reviewed data that included the following information:


- Invasive cervical cancer deaths have been reduced by 70% in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

- New Pap smear screening technology (liquid based testing) has become available. These new technologies provide greater sensitivity to detect precancer and cancer.

- Current evidence shows that HPV (Human Papillomavirus) causes cervical cancer. Research demonstrates that most young women will clear cervical HPV without intervention.

- Cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer, often taking many years to develop.


The American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology worked collaboratively to examine the data while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force performed an independent evaluation of the data. It is reassuring to see that these endeavors resulted in essentially identical recommendations. The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm (psychosocial impact, additional clinical visits and procedures, and treatment of cell changes that would naturally
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Girls on the Run
Oct. 16, 2015 10:41 am

 
Women’s Care of Wisconsin is proud to sponsor Girls on the Run 2015!
 
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
 
The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
 
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, they teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
 
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.



"Who We Are." Girls on the Run. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. <http://www.girlsontherun.org/>.
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Help us WIN Best of the Valley!
Sep. 2, 2015 12:58 pm


Please help us win Best OB/GYN Facility this year! That’s right; it’s time to start voting for Best of the Valley once again. 


Voting this year starts today, Thursday, September 3rd, and goes through Sunday, September 13th. Mark your calendars & remember, you can vote once per day per email address. Spread the word, share this video & help us WIN Best OB/GYN Facility this year

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GYNO 101
June 1, 2015 12:14 pm


Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MD
Obstetrician & Gynecologist  

Hello, and welcome to your gyno exam!

We are happy you are here and hope to make this as comfortable and educational for you as possible. We know that our visits are not something most people look forward too, but we want you to feel at ease in our clinics & with your provider.


First things first: what to expect.

If this is your first visit, and you are under age 21 & are not experiencing significant concerns, we can skip the pelvic exam. This can be a chance for you to establish a relationship, so you have a provider you trust
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