Women's Health

M Health Fairview offers a wide range of services for women.

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In addition to the M Health Fairview specialties and services listed below, Fairview Pharmacies and Fairview Home Medical Equipment offer many supplies women may need.

Specialties most often involved in Women’s Health Services include:
  • Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Integrative Services and Therapies

Our Approach

Many health issues are unique to women, such as pregnancy, menopause, and gynecologic disorders. Others, such as heart disease and depression, have a component that differs for women. In addition, there are diseases that affect more women than men including osteoarthritis, stroke, pelvic floor disorders, and urinary tract problems. Whether your concern involves traditionally female disorders or not we know your condition is unique to you.

Women facing high-risk or medically complicated pregnancies can find services at our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinics in Burnsville, Edina and Minneapolis in addition to the Women’s Health Specialists clinic Whether you are expecting a multiples birth or have a pre-existing medical condition that might complicate your pregnancy or delivery, specialists at our Perinatal Assessment and Consultative Center or our Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center can help. We offer sophisticated imaging of the fetal anatomy, enabling earlier diagnosis and advanced treatment options such as amnioreduction and fetal shunt placement.

When it’s time to give birth The Birthplace at the University of Minnesota Medical Center at M Health provides a welcoming environment for you and your newborn. In addition, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is on hand for any advanced care your child may need.

Our women’s health services also focus on breast diseases including breast cancer. At our Breast Center we offer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivor support. In addition, the Gynecologic Cancer Clinic at University of Minnesota Medical Center provides comprehensive, coordinated care for women with cancer of the reproductive tract. This might include ovarian, uterine, cervical, or vulvar cancer. Our program is one of the largest in the Midwest, offering screening, diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment support.

When it comes to heart care the University of Minnesota can claim many firsts including the world’s first successful open heart surgery, the first heart transplant in Minnesota, the state’s first heart/lung transplant, the first clinical studies in heart failure, implantation of the first partial artificial heart, and some of the first highly intricate, close-up images of the heart.

M Health Fairview physicians also have pioneered many advances in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. We implanted the first cardiac pacemaker in the 1950s, provided the first wearable, transistorized pacemaker to a young boy in the 1960s and have been involved in the first bi-ventricular pacemakers and defibrillators in the 1990s. We have also been at the leading edge of technology involving catheters and resynchronization therapy to help both chambers of the heart beat together efficiently.

We have a wide variety of other specialties to treat health issues for women. In addition to providing you with comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team of specialists the University of Minnesota conducts many clinical trials including those involving breast cancer and breast disorders. Ask your physician if there is a clinical trial that might benefit you.

Conditions We Treat

We focus on women's wellness, optimization of health, and the pregnancy and birth process, as well as:

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Women’s health issues cover a wide range of specialties. Treatments will depend on the health care concern and may include:


Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Heart Transplant

Those suffering advanced heart failure have the odds stacked against them. To beat those odds, M Health Fairview Transplant Care has performed over 900 high survival, heart transplants – making us one of the world’s longest running heart transplant providers.
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Heart Valve Replacement and Repair

While some heart valve conditions may not cause you any problems, others are more serious and may lead to heart failure, stroke, blood clots or sudden cardiac arrest. Today, there are a variety of ways to repair heart defects, including a damaged valve, or to replace it completely.
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A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue in order to test it for cancer. The cells can be removed in several ways and then analyzed in a laboratory.
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A colonoscopy is a potentially life-saving examination of the entire lower digestive system the colon and rectum. It is performed by a gastroenterologist using a long, thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope that has a camera on the end.
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Mammogram (Mammography)

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to look for breast cancer and other breast disease. The breasts are compressed between 2 plates to improve accuracy and to decrease the amount of X-rays used.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • BRCA Management
  • General Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Pacemakers, Defibrillators and Loop-Event Monitors
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Abortion Questions
  • Amniocentesis
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Contraceptive Care
  • Contraceptive Counseling and Management
  • Cryotherapy
  • Fertility Awareness and Evaluation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Lyses of Adhesions
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Myomectomy
  • Pessary
  • Post-Partum Care
  • Prenatal Consultations
  • Wound Care
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