Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Community Talks

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is pleased to present Healthy Women Community Talks. This free community education series is dedicated to helping all women stay healthy throughout their lives. Healthy Women Community Talks provide an opportunity for the public to hear from clinicians, scientists, and other women’s health experts about the latest research, trends, and treatment options. Questions and discussion are highly encouraged. Talks are held in various accessible, public locations in the Madison area. Most can be attended in-person or via webinar. 

2023 Healthy Women Community Talks:

Straight Talk: Chemical Hair Straighteners and Reducing Your Risk for Uterine Cancer

July 13, 2023
Virtual event - register on Zoom

Recent research found that using chemical hair straighteners or relaxers may be linked to an increased risk of uterine cancer. If you’ve used chemical hair relaxers in the past, join the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for a free, virtual community talk about reducing your uterine cancer risk.

Dr. Janelle Sobecki, a cancer specialist in the Department of Ob-Gyn, will talk about what we know about the possible connection between chemical hair straighteners and cancer; signs and symptoms of uterine cancer to look out for; and ways we can change or lower our risk for cancer.

Sign up today for this free event and invite your friends!

Past Healthy Women Community Talks

Navigating Your Fertility Journey (video)
Featuring Bala Bhagavath, MD, and Julianne Zweifel, PhD, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Sex After Cancer: A Candid Discussion (video)
Featuring Gynecologic Oncology Physician Janelle Sobecki, MD

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy and Beyond (video)
Featuring Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician Kara Hoppe, DO, MS

Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders (video)
Featuring UW Health Urogynecologists and allied Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists

Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders, visit the event page (video)
Featuring UW Health Urogynecologists and allied Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists

Hereditary Ovarian Cancer Syndromes (video)
Featuring UW Health gynecologic oncologist Lisa Barroilhet, MD

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Myths and the Facts (video)
Featuring UW Health reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist Laura Cooney, MD

Tackling the Taboo: Let’s Talk about Accidental Bowel Leakage (video)
Featuring UW Health Urogynecologist Heidi Brown, MD

Zika and Pregnancy: The Latest Insights (video)
Featuring UW Health maternal-fetal medicine specialist Kathleen Antony, MD 

Women’s Sexual Health and Cancer, Featuring UW Health Women’s Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) program clinicians
Presented in partnership with Gilda’s Club of Madison

Bladder Control: A Common and Treatable Concern for Women (video)
Featuring UW Health Urogynecologist Christine Heisler, MD

Hot Flash or Power Surge: What Every Woman Needs To Know About Menopause (video)
Featuring UW Health Ob-Gyn and Certified Menopause Practitioner Makeba Williams, MD

Our Kids Need the HPV Vaccine (video: part 1part 2part 3part 4)
Featuring UW Health Ob-Gyn Sarah Bradley, MD, Pediatrician Lindsey Geier, MD, and Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist Aaron Wieland, MD

Innovations in Birth Control 
Featuring UW Health Ob-Gyn Eliza Bennett, MD, and Gynecologic Oncologist Laurel Rice, MD

Support Healthy Women Community Talks

Healthy Women Community Talks are supported by our Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Fund. Learn how you can support women’s health through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.