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Addressing the physical, emotional and educational needs of women, Agnesian HealthCare's Women's Health Services offers the resources that apply to your life, in all its wonderful complexity. With a Health Resource Center, Obstetric Services, a Domestic Violence Program, Behavioral Health Services and programs serving women in mid-life, a number of options are available in the Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun areas.
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Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part II

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus. The following nutrients should be included in a woman’s pre-conception diet and […]

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Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part I

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus. Pre-pregnancy weight Your pre-pregnancy weight has a direct influence on your baby’s […]

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Introduction to Menopause

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. Often called the change of life, this stage signals the end of a woman’s ability to have children. Many health care providers actually use the term menopause to refer to the period of time when […]

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What is urinary incontinence?

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI can range from […]

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The importance of early prenatal medical care

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO, OB/GYN at Ripon Medical Center As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should establish a schedule of prenatal care with her healthcare provider for her entire pregnancy. For normal pregnancies without significant complications, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows: Every month from the 1st week through […]

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Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Tradition is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to taking care of your teeth, or those of your children, you may not want to follow the example set by your ancestors. Your great-grandparents most likely never brushed nor flossed their teeth; dealt with a toothache by having it extracted; and probably ate with “false […]

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Women’s Health: What should you know about heart health?

February – as American Heart Month – is the perfect time to talk about heart disease in women. Symptoms of a heart attack in women can be a little different than those in men. The most classic symptom is chest pain – in the front, radiating to either shoulder or down either arm, as well […]

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Audio blog: The importance of preventative exams for women

Dr. Scott Hansfield, OB/GYN at Waupun Memorial Hospital a member of Agnesian HealthCare, was recently interviewed regarding women’s health issues and the importance of preventative exams for women.  

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The rocky road through menopause

Traveling through menopause can be a rocky road for many women.  Others may say it was a day at the beach.  I am not so fortunate as to be one of the latter.  I know there are a lot of you out there just like me.  I told my co-worker that anticipating a hot flash […]

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What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

Written by: Jessica Boelk, RN with Agnesian HealthCare Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that consists of abdominal pain, cramping, fluctuation of bowel patterns (diarrhea and/or constipation), increased gas, bloating and food intolerances. IBS is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, as it is not an autoimmune […]

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