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JohannesHD2016SmallTonya Johannes, ARNP-BC

Tonya Johannes, ARNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at MHP who treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in skin care. 

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01 December 2016
Whether you’re a woman in need of her yearly mammogram or bringing your child in for an X-ray of a possible broken bone, radiation can be a concern. Do you know what radiation really is?MHP Director of Radiology does! In fact, her entire department would be lost without it! Radiation is used in various medical imaging tests to help determine the best treatment option for patients without extreme measures such as exploratory surgery. The ionizing ...
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Infertility Awareness Week

Mahaska Health Partnership Recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week

National Infertility Awareness Week began in 1989 in order to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and to encourage the public to learn more about reproductive health. Mahaska Health Partnership OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Fowler encourages this awareness every day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infertility is the inability to become pregnant after trying for a year, or trying for six months if a woman is over 35 years old. Women who are able to become pregnant but cannot stay pregnant may also be considered infertile.

“If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than 12 months, it may be time to evaluate your fertility,” said MHP OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Fowler. “There are simple tests that can be done to help eliminate barriers to contraception and test fertility.”

Infertility affects about 10% of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44 years reported the Center for Disease Control. However, both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by problems in women and another one-third are caused by problems in men. The other third are caused by a combination of both.

“As an OB/GYN Specialist, it’s my job to determine what is causing the infertility and do everything in my power to help a couple have a baby,” explained Dr. Fowler.

The CDC says that a woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. About one-third of couples in which the woman is older than 35 years of age have fertility problems.

“Infertility can be treated with a change of habits, medicine, surgery or other procedures,” said Dr. Fowler. “Many times we will try a combination of treatments to ensure the best result.”

Treatment of infertility is determined based on test results, the ages of both the man and woman, the overall health of the partners and the preference of the couple. If you are struggling to get pregnant and are ready to seek medical assistance, please call 641.672.3360 to schedule an appointment with OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Fowler.