Health Maintenance Guidelines
How often should I get a Pap Test? A mammogram?
Our Health Maintenance Guidelines offer a basic timetable for when and how often women should be checked.
These guidelines apply to healthy women in the general population. The right plan for your care may differ based on your medical history, family history, personal preferences and lifestyle, as well as your physician’s experience. You and your physician should work together to develop a specific preventive health screening plan for you.
Download our Health Maintenance Guidelines
HealthTalks are free community seminars held each month at Cleveland Clinic campuses and family health centers. The seminars feature presentations by leading Cleveland Clinic physicians and allied health professionals.
These discussions provide an in-depth look at individual health concerns such as osteoporosis, breast health, and diabetes self-management. Each lecture is followed by a question-and-answer period.
Admission to these programs is free. Check-in begins one-half hour before each program.
Register for HealthTalk Seminars
Please call 216.444.3641 or 800.548.8502.
HealthTalks dates are subject to change.
Please call ahead to verify programs.
How Be Well Moms® Can Help
To welcome the healthiest possible baby into the world, you’ll want to do everything you can to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery. Optimizing your weight before pregnancy and continuing on a healthy path after delivery will create a brighter future for you — and your child.
Cleveland Clinic’s Be Well Moms® maternal weight management program will give you the information you need to optimize your weight and health before and during pregnancy, and after delivery.
Too often, women who are significantly overweight feel there’s nothing they can do about it — that they’ve tried everything.
Our goal is to educate and empower you to:
- Reach a healthy weight before pregnancy
- Gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy
- Shed the weight you gained during pregnancy after delivery
In Be Well Moms, a nurse midwife and a dietician who have expertise in medically supervised weight management will offer you guidance and monitor your progress as you shed the excess weight.
Why Getting Into Shape Matters
Optimizing your health before and during pregnancy can make a world of difference. Studies show that achieving a healthy weight translates into healthier outcomes for you and your baby.
Risks of extra weight
The health risks for women with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 and above during pregnancy and deliver y are serious:
- High blood pressure (preeclampsia)
- Gestational diabetes
- Large babies that are difficult to deliver
- Complicated cesarean sections
The risks for their babies are even more serious:
- Birth defects
- Diabetes in childhood
Be Well Moms Visits
If you are pregnant, you may not know how much weight you should gain. Our experts will explain how weight can affect pregnancy outcomes. You will learn how to gain the right amount of weight to maximize your chances for a healthy baby and a safe deliver y. Our experts will teach you about nutrition, mindful eating, stress management, good sleep habits, regular exercise and setting your own healthy goals.
A Supportive Setting
Be Well Moms visits include individual appointments and shared medical appointments. The shared office visits bring patients with similar concerns together for education and support.
Patients benefit from a longer visit with their healthcare expert in a setting that encourages asking questions, and sharing concerns and experiences. This environment also offers an opportunity to learn from the healthcare team and from each other. During shared visits, patients can also be seen in a private exam room for individualized care, as needed.
Cleveland Clinic’s Be Well Moms maternal weight management program is offered at multiple locations across northern Ohio.
To schedule an appointment before, during or after pregnancy, call 216.444.6601 and ask for Be Well Moms.
Support & Education Groups meet at Cleveland Clinic main campus (unless otherwise noted) and are free of charge. For more information about services available through Cleveland Clinic's Department of Social Work, please call 216.444.6552.
Bereavement Support Groups
Provided by The Hospice of Cleveland Clinic Bereavement Services. For more information, please call 216.444.9819
The Gathering Place
The mission of the Gathering Place is to support, educate and encourage people working to overcome the effects of cancer in their lives. All programs and services are provided free of charge. For more information, call 216.595.9546 or visit The Gathering Place.
Love Lives On
Hillcrest Hospital’s Love Lives On support group meetings are small and informal. They are provided as an extension of your hospital care. Love Lives On meetings are open to any family in the community. There is no fee and no pre-registration is required to attend. For more information, please call 440-312-4692 and select option 2.
Look Good, Feel Better
This program is designed for those with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy treatments. This group focuses on the use of skin care and makeup products before, during, and after cancer treatment. This program is sponsored by The American Cancer Society and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. All participating clients will receive a complimentary gift bag of skin care and cosmetic products. The group meets every month, and registration is required. To register: please contact American Cancer Society at 888.227.6446.
Resolve is an educational program for couples struggling with infertility, who openly share their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every other month from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Hospital. For more information, contact Dana or Lynne Norrie, RN, MSN, at 440.473.1790.
Or, visit www.RESOLVE.org or call their 24-hour helpline at 888.255.1399.
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility
For the nine million women and two million men who are dealing with infertility, the process of diagnosis and treatment can be a long, lonely, difficult path. In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility, Dr. Tommaso Falcone, one of the world’s foremost authorities on infertility issues, provides hope for couples by sharing information that has brought success to many of his patients.
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause
Dr. Thacker's new book is a compassionate, practical guide that gently reminds women that midlife is not only a time of change but also a time of great freedom.
Learn how to stop hot flashes and get a good night's sleep; the facts about vitamins, supplements, and antidepressants; using diet and exercise to boost energy; the basics of good bone health; preventing cancer and heart disease; and how to recharge your sex life.
General Women's Health Topics
Osteoporosis and Bone Health