Women’s Health

Together, Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital and Indiana University Health Arnett Physicians offer many options for your obstetric and gynecologic (OB/GYN) needs. Our expert physicians improve women’s well-being through personalized, patient-centered healthcare. Our women’s health team includes board certified/board eligible obstetricians and gynecologists, certified nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners, assisted by a comprehensive staff of registered nurses, ultrasound technicians, and childbirth and lactation educators. Our physicians have advanced training and years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology.

We place special emphasis on preventive medicine and early detection of health problems. Our services include Pap smears, pregnancy care, contraception counseling, gynecologic surgery and menopausal issues.

Our physicians provide minimally invasive surgical options for conditions such as uterine fibroids and urinary incontinence. We work with you to develop treatment plans that fit your lifestyle and health needs. We also offer specialized imaging services for women, including mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These screenings help you and your physician detect problems early, giving you better outcomes and more treatment options.

IU Health Arnett Physicians provide women’s health services at our offices in Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort and Monticello, and provide labor and delivery services at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Preventive Care

At IU Health Arnett Physicians, we encourage preventive care that helps women manage their health and make informed choices. We encourage women to schedule routine examinations, which can detect and prevent health problems. Your physician can advise you on the frequency of your exams based on your personal medical history.

Well Woman Care

Preventive healthcare, including an annual visit with a women’s healthcare provider, can identify health problems early. During an annual visit, a gynecologist reviews your body systems, listens to your concerns and performs a pelvic and breast exam. Preventive healthcare services include:

  • Cervical cancer screenings. Beginning at age 21, or within three years of first having sexual intercourse, your women’s healthcare provider will perform a cervical cancer screening called a Pap smear. A Pap smear is the standard test used to detect cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear may be uncomfortable, but should not be especially painful. During the exam, your provider collects cervical cells by gently rubbing a collection device across the surface of the cervix. The collected cells are sent to a laboratory for analysis.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Your women’s healthcare provider also examines you for sexually transmitted diseases and may discuss the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine with you. Administered in three doses, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all girls and women age nine to 26. It is also recommended for boys and men age 11–26. For the HPV vaccine to work best, it is important for preteens to get all three doses prior to having sexual relations.

Contraception

We offer a full range of contraceptive choices, including birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), injections and permanent techniques. Each method has unique pros and cons. Your gynecologist can help you find the method that works best for you. Temporary methods of birth control include:

  • Abstinence
  • Natural family planning
  • Barrier methods, including sponges, diaphragms and condoms
  • Hormonal methods, including birth control pills, patches and shots/injections
  • Vaginal rings and implantable methods, including IUDs

We also offer permanent birth control options for women who are certain they no longer want to have children. Tubal ligation, which is often referred to as “having your tubes tied,” is offered post-partum at IU Health Arnett Hospital and Indiana University Health Arnett Outpatient Surgical Center allowing quick recovery and no hospital stay. During a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are cut or closed so the egg cannot travel from the ovaries into the uterus.

Another option is a tubal implant, completed in the OB/GYN office, which inserts a coiled implant through the vagina into the fallopian tube. Over time, scar tissue develops around each implant, creating a barrier between the fallopian tube and the uterus. You can discuss these and other options with your gynecologist.

Breast Health

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. The best outcomes stem from early detection through breast exams and mammograms, which result in earlier treatment.

  • Clinical breast exams and breast self-exams. As part of your annual exam, a clinical breast exam gives you and your provider time to discuss changes in your breasts and exchange information about breast self-exams. Breast self-exams are a systematic, step-by-step approach to seeing and feeling one’s own breasts. Paying attention to how your breasts normally look and feel may help you notice important changes.
  • Mammograms. A mammogram is an X-ray of your breasts. A mammogram’s goal is to detect breast cancer that is too small to be felt by you or your doctor. Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer early. During a mammogram, your breast is compressed between two plates attached to the mammogram machine. The compression helps produce a clear image of your breast because it thins the breast tissue. The entire procedure usually takes about 20 minutes.
    • Mammogram recommendations. The American Cancer Society recommends a screening mammogram every year for women age 40 and older for as long as they are in good health.
      • For women with a high risk for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society suggests a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and a mammogram every year beginning at age 30.
      • For women with a moderate risk for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society suggests speaking with your healthcare provider to determine if adding an MRI to your yearly mammogram would be beneficial.

Pre-Pregnancy & Maternity

IU Health Arnett Hospital and IU Health Arnett Physicians provide exceptional care for newborns, mothers and families before, during and after pregnancy. We also offer a complete newborn care program, designed to educate new and experienced mothers and families.

Infertility Assistance

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least a year, there is a chance that something treatable may be interfering with your efforts to have a child. We are fortunate to live in a time when there are numerous treatments that can help couples conceive and give birth to healthy babies. We offer the following services to help you achieve successful conception:

  • Basic fertility evaluation
  • Fertility counseling and treatment
  • Artificial insemination
  • Sperm antibody assessment

Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner. There can also be a combination of factors that prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing.

Obstetric Care

Your first obstetric appointment happens 10 weeks into pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, you will see your doctor more often. The recommended schedule is:

  • Months 1–6. You should schedule an appointment to see your obstetrician once a month.
  • Months 7–8. You should schedule an appointment to see your obstetrician every two weeks.
  • Month 9. You should see your obstetrician every week until labor and delivery.

If you have any concerns or questions during your pregnancy, you can reach your provider and the nursing staff by calling 765.448.8000.

Additional obstetric care services include:

  • High-risk pregnancy support. Through our partnership with Indiana University Health, patients have local access to high-risk pregnancy specialists and genetic counselors. Using the latest prenatal diagnostic techniques available, doctors and genetic counselors can give you the information you need if you are in a high-risk group due to age, diabetes, genetic disorders or previous difficult pregnancies. 
  • Childbirth education. We offer prenatal classes to help you and your family get comfortable with parenting. Classes include a comprehensive four-week series and a condensed weekend program, both of which focus on labor, delivery and recovery. We also provide a refresher course for those who have been through delivery before. Other classes include a sibling class, an infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course and a first aid course for parents and family members. These classes are free to families who attend a childbirth preparation course.

Delivering at IU Health Arnett Hospital

The maternity suites at IU Health Arnett Hospital celebrate life and allow a mother to design her own birth experience. The labor and delivery unit consists of seven spacious, private birthing rooms and four antenatal rooms. This unit is fully staffed with registered nurses who are certified in neonatal resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support and CPR. We also offer 24-hour anesthesia coverage, on-site operating rooms and are fully equipped for water births with participating OB/GYN providers.

Depending on the medical needs of you and your baby, you may choose options, including:

  • Laboring in a pool
  • Walking the halls
  • Using birthing balls or massage therapy
  • Using dim lighting for a peaceful environment
  • Receiving an epidural

Additional services and capabilities include:

  • Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our highly skilled providers are on hand at all times with 24/7 NICU coverage. Recognized as a Level III NICU, the unit cares for babies born as early as 23 weeks gestation.
  • Lactation support. We provide breastfeeding support prior to delivery, in the hospital and after delivery.

Gynecological Issues

IU Health Arnett Hospital provides treatment for a wide range of gynecological issues, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian masses, urinary incontinence and menopause.

A hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, is one treatment used for many diseases and conditions. If you have cancer of the uterus or ovaries or uncontrollable bleeding of the uterus, this operation may save your life. In most other cases, a hysterectomy is an elective procedure that may be done to improve your quality of life. It can help relieve pain, heavy bleeding or discomfort.

Patient Stories

Welcome William Miguel!

Alexandra Hidalgo and Nathaniel Bowler planned a natural childbirth, assisted by a midwife and a doula. But with their baby facing up toward his mother’s belly and her cervix unable to fully dilate, they had to choose another option to bring their healthy son into the world. Read Baby Miguel's story.

Manicke Chooses Midwife and Pool

Obstetrician or midwife? In the birthing pool or out? Giving birth at IU Health Arnett Hospital is all about giving families choices. Nick and Kelly Manicke chose a midwife to guide them through a natural birth, with labor in a pool. Read Nick and Kelly's story.

Thiel Opts for da Vinci Way

The procedure went well. There were no stitches. And the recovery was quick and easy. There is just one thing Corby Thiel regrets about her da Vinci surgery: It was not videotaped. A nurse practitioner keenly interested in all things medical, Corby says, “I would have loved to have seen it.” Read Corby's story.

Wood Easily Treated for Urge Incontinence

If you break a leg, you seek treatment. If you experience urge incontinence, you may not think of getting help for it. Unfortunately, this is true for many women. They miss out on easy, effective help that could treat incontinence. Fortunately for Sharon Wood, she mentioned it to her doctor. Today, she no longer experiences urge incontinence. Read Sharon's story.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
Phone: 765.448.8100 or 800.542.7818

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Phone: 765.474.MyMD (765.474.6963) or 866.377.MyMD (866.377.6963)