Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to address medical issues unique to women. In addition to the services listed below, Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women also offers complementary wellness services and a variety of health screenings and assessments. 



As part of the Comfort Health Center for Women, Mercy Katzmann Breast Center offers the expertise, technology, information and support women and their families need to make informed choices about their care.

Katzmann Breast Center, provides a wide range of services including assessment, diagnostics, education and treatment planning

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Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of lowering risk factors for developing complicated health issues. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women is partnering with Mercy Weight Loss and Nutrition Center to offer dietitian services and consultations on site, to help women set healthy goals and track and maintain progress toward a healthier lifestyle. 


Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women offers women a healing-oriented approach to medical care, taking into account the whole person -- body, mind and spirit. We provide a broad range of conventional and complementary treatment modalities that are best suited to each woman as a unique individual, with the goal of enhancing the body’s own innate healing system.

Our methodologies and techniques may include the safe and effective use of dietary supplements or herbal medicines, or incorporating the integration of relaxation techniques and mind-body practices into your life. The goal is to use therapies that are natural, less invasive and more cost effective whenever possible.

A team approach will be utilized with your primary care provider and specialists working together to guide you in finding your own path to health and wellness. Beyond the treatment of illness, promoting principles that will result in health and the prevention of disease are paramount.


Women treated for breast cancer who have had lymph nodes removed may be at risk for a particular type of arm swelling, known as lymphedema. Some patients experience symptoms immediately, while others may not begin showing signs of the condition until many years later. Our lymphedema specialist offers a wide range of therapies and education for women suffering from this uncomfortable, often debilitating condition. 


When it comes to diagnosing common and complicated disorders, medical imaging is often used to help health care providers properly diagnose a medical condition. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women has partnered with Mercy Medical Imaging to offer a high quality imaging tests and image-guided treatments on site, in a safe, comfortable environment.

The full-service medical imaging department will perform a wide variety of imaging screening and diagnostic testing specifically for women, including mammography and 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, pelvic ultrasound, fluoroscopy and breast MRI.

Menopause is the paramount event for women in midlife and poses unique health care challenges. We understand the changes you are going through and can help guide you through the transition. Our women’s health physicians are NAMS (North American Menopause Society) Certified Menopause Practitioners, providing thorough, high-quality and competent care. We also offer a Midlife Health Assessment to help evaluate your overall health and wellness. 



At Mercy Comfort Health Care Center for Women, we aspire to be attuned to the unique health care needs of midlife women. While the physical changes women typically face during this time are often at the forefront of medical concerns, it is important to acknowledge the mental health care needs of midlife women as well.

During the onset of menopause, as women transition from one significant stage of life to another, women experience complex hormonal changes. These changes affect a woman’s neurological function and stress responses which can lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of symptoms of mood disorders.

Women in this age group may also experience multiple life stressors – including physical and social changes – that may contribute to depression and anxiety. Some women may experience identity issues as her role of a mother changes and her children leave home. Financial stress from paying for college or the stress of becoming caretakers for aging parents can become extremely difficult to bear. As a result, a marriage or partnership can be affected as well. Additionally, middle-aged men may suffer from impulse control and substance use disorders that can impact a woman. Increases in stress, depression, and anxiety from all of physical and social changes can take a toll on a woman’s well-being, overall health and wellness, and quality of life. In fact, research indicates women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders. This is why it is so imperative to address not only physical health, but also the mental and emotional health of midlife women as well.

Providing the correct mental health screenings, treatments, and resources for women is essential for providing the best possible care leading to the best outcomes. 

Counseling services at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women are provided by Denise Edwards, LISW. To schedule an appointment call (515)222-7460.


Women over the age of 50 often have lighter, thinner bones, which increases the risk for developing osteoporosis. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women offers a Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, or DEXA, scan to detect potential issues with bone health before a problem arises. The DEXA scans are painless, and use a very small amount of radiation to measure bone density. 

Ask our medical staff about a fracture risk assessment to determine your individual needs. 


Nearly 25 percent of all women suffer from at least one type of pelvic health disorder including urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse or vaginal pain. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women offers a caring and comfortable environment where you can express your health concerns and receive the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

We specialize in the most innovative surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for urogynecological conditions such as:

  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis- a frequent sense of urination
  • Overactive Bladder Syndrome
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse- which occurs when the pelvic organs fall from the normal position
  • Dyspareunia- painful intercourse
  • Sexual Dysfunction/Intimacy Problems/Libido Concerns
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Urogynecological fistula
  • Post-obstetrical trauma evaluation

In addition, we offer Women’s Health Physical Therapy for a variety of conditions including pelvic pain, relaxation disorders, incontinence, constipation and the impact of pregnancy. 

Our female physical therapy practitioner offers a wide-variety of treatment options targeted specifically to improve muscle strength and restore confidence so patients can maintain a healthy lifestyle.  


Taking good care of yourself and dealing with the physical changes that come with aging in a positive fashion can help you be comfortable in your body and feel good about how you look.

Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women recognizes the role healthy beauty plays in a woman’s self-confidence and has partnered with Mercy Plastic Surgery to offer medical skin care options, plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery consultations and procedures. 


Heart health experts recommend every woman know her risk level for heart disease. Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women recognizes the importance of heart health in women, and offers a two-visit Heart Health Assessment to give women the information they need to know to determine if preventive action is necessary

Women between the stages of peri-menopause and post-menopause often report experiencing sleeping problems, including hot flashes, mood disorders, insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing. These sleep conditions are also often accompanied by depression and anxiety.

Make an appointment to receive a Midlife Health Assessment from one of our North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified providers and start your journey back to a restful night’s sleep.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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