From running after our kids to running to our next meeting, our bodies are strong enough to take on anything life throws at us. Staying healthy isn’t just so we can do it all – it’s so we can enjoy it all. Whether you need an annual visit, want to get started on birth control or have questions about family planning, we’re here with the expert care you deserve.
HealthPartners and Park Nicollet has the largest team of board-certified OB-GYNs in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. You’ll find doctors from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of practice styles at more than 20 locations. That way, it’s easy to find an OB-GYN who is right for you and close to home. We can help you with preventive exams, screenings, immunizations, illnesses and more.
From birth control, to family planning, to heavy periods and menopause – our OB-GYNs are here to answer your questions and help you stay healthy. Some of the more common things we can help you with include:
Our OB-GYNs offer support for your growing family, from before the first pregnancy test to delivery and on into motherhood. When you choose an OB-GYN for pregnancy care, you’ll find convenient access to prenatal care at over 20 locations and state-of-the-art birth centers at Regions Hospital and Methodist Hospital. Working closely with midwives and doulas, we support a variety of birthing options, including vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
We offer a full range of birth control options – from birth control pills to IUDs – including permanent contraception, emergency contraception and pre-conception counseling.
Also called annual exams, we start with routine checks of your height, weight and blood pressure. These appointments may also include Pap tests and breast exams, when needed. Your annual exam will adapt to meet your changing needs over time, from helping you understand your birth control options to answering questions about your period or the symptoms of menopause. Your annual exam can also include additional services such as sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, vaccines and mammograms.
Mammograms are an important screening test in the early detection of breast cancer. Caught early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100%. Talk with your OB-GYN about when you should get your regular mammogram, and rest easier, knowing most women find that mammograms are more comfortable than what they thought. At many locations, we offer mammograms within the same appointment as your annual exam for added convenience. We offer mammograms within the same appointment as your annual exam for convenience at many locations. When you make your appointment, just mention that you would like a mammogram too.
Wanting to start a family is one of the most important and exciting decisions you can make. But about one in ten women have difficulty getting pregnant. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for 12 months or more without success, you might have a fertility condition. If you struggle to conceive, know that medical options are often available.
We can assist with counseling and treatment options related to female fertility. Various tests are available, including lab screenings and ultrasounds. The results of these tests will help us recommend the best treatment options for your unique needs. We have many clinicians who may offer intrauterine insemination, or we can connect you with reproductive specialists who offer advanced treatment options including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Lifestyle changes like monitoring your cycle, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink and quitting smoking may improve your chances of getting pregnant.
If you’re concerned that your partner might have male fertility issues, our sexual medicine specialists can help with that.
We can assist with counseling and treatment options, from planning to have a baby to concerns about infertility. We can connect you with specialists who offer advanced treatment options, like intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
OB-GYNs can diagnose and treat period pain and heavy periods. While some cramping at the start of your period is normal, we can help you if period pain is interfering with your daily activities and doesn’t feel better with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. We can also help you with heavy periods by diagnosing the cause of heavier bleeding and working together to outline a treatment plan that works for you.
Our OB-GYNs can help diagnose bladder control issues and pelvic floor disorders. We can evaluate your symptoms and connect you with one of our urogynecologists, if necessary.
Our OB-GYNs offer confidential screening and treatment for STIs like chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HPV, HIV or other infections.
Gynecologic surgery options include office-based procedures like ThermaChoice and Novasure for treating heavy periods, as well as da Vinci surgery with robotic technology for pelvic organ prolapse, endometriosis resection and hysterectomies.
We guide women through perimenopause and menopause, treating symptoms with a range of effective therapies such as hormone therapy, vaginal estrogen and low-dose antidepressants.
No matter what you turn to us for, our OB-GYNs are here to help you find answers and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
- Pregnancy tests
- Pap tests
- Pelvic exams
- Breast exams
- Treatment for vaginal dryness and discomfort
- Treatment for painful intercourse
Yes, it’s a good idea to see both an OB-GYN and a primary care doctor for your care. OB-GYNs specialize in the female reproductive system. You can seek other care, like your annual flu shot, from an OB-GYN. But, having a primary care doctor gives you another doctor who knows you and who you can turn to when you’re sick or have other questions about your overall health.
Your first visit with an OB-GYN focuses on meeting your doctor and answering any questions you have. Depending on the goals of your visit, your visit might include:
- Routine check of your height, weight and blood pressure
- Pelvic exam
- Breast exam
- Pap test
- STI screenings
- Hepatitis B, HPV, flu and other vaccines, as needed
Most often, you’ll have your first appointment between 6–12 weeks. If you’d like to be seen earlier, you are welcome to make an appointment the moment you think you might be pregnant. Choose an OB-GYN and schedule an appointment online or choose a clinic location and call.
See your OB-GYN for wellness visits and preventive care at least once a year. If you have symptoms like period pain or unusual bleeding, or if you think you might be pregnant, you should make an appointment as soon as possible.
If you’ve been trying for at least a year to conceive, it might be time to talk to your doctor. After a physical exam, we’ll recommend fertility testing for you and your partner. If we find that there is a medical reason that’s making it difficult for you to get pregnant, we’ll guide you to the best fertility treatments for your specific situation. Your doctor may perform common fertility tests like hormone testing, imaging tests and ovarian reserve testing. It you need more complete testing, we’ll help connect you with a fertility specialist.
Women over age 35 should also visit a doctor if they’re trying to get pregnant.