In this episode, we asked Matthew Palmer, MD to share about his comprehensive approach to the treatment of endometriosis at his practice: Oakdale Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maple Grove, MN.

Dr. Palmer has been with the group for 10 years and completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecology following his residency. He specializes in the treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapses and urinary incontinence, and minimally invasive surgery with and without robotic assistance.

Listen as co-hosts Katie, RN, BSN and Shelly, RN, BSN ask some great questions about the definition of endometriosis, as well as the common symptoms and treatment options associated with this diagnosis. They ask questions to empower the listener to ask their provider and some characteristics to look for when choosing a provider to partner with in their unique healthcare journey.

Dr. Palmer feels that every interaction with a patient is an opportunity to listen to their specific concerns. He believes in partnering with his patients and empowering them to make the best decisions for their healthcare.

Whether you are living with endometriosis, know a loved one that is, or just wish to learn more about this many times misunderstood condition; listen to this episode of Time To Talk… Period and feel empowered with knowledge about what to look for in choosing a provider to partner with in your uterine healthcare needs. You will be better equipped to initiate the necessary conversations to get on your path to improvement.

It’s time to talk, period.

In this podcast:

  • Defining endometriosis and how common it is among women
  • Symptoms and risk factors associated with endometriosis
  • How to diagnose endometriosis
  • Dr. Palmer’s unique approach to caring for those living with endometriosis
  • The value of minimally invasive treatment options
  • What does Dr. Palmer want those living with endometriosis to know
  • Dispelling common misconceptions about endometriosis
  • Why Dr. Palmer feels passionate about caring for women with endometriosis

4 Steps to Peace of Mind:

Our Time to Talk…Period co-hosts, Shelly and Katie, want to remind you that you are unique but not alone! ALL women get periods, all women should get pelvic exams, and up to one in three women will experience Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB1).

Knowing if you have a problematic condition will bring you peace of mind! These four simple steps can take you from being stressed to being set free!

  1. Research your Options. You have the freedom to choose who you will see for your healthcare. Do your research about the physician, what they specialize in treating and the treatment options they offer. Search for a provider that offers the least invasive treatment options and values minimally invasive treatment options.
  2. Schedule an appointment! The best way to find out if a physician is the right fit for you is to make an appointment. Schedule time to meet the provider and discuss how they plan to treat your condition. If you do not feel heard, or like you are a partner in your healthcare decision making process, it is ok to seek a second opinion.
  3. Ask Questions. Ask questions, listen, then ask more questions. It is important that you feel comfortable asking the tough questions that help you and your provider get to the root of the symptoms you are experiencing. Dr. Palmer shares that he has had patients bring research articles to their visit and will discuss them with the patient in terms that are easy to understand.
  4. Empower other Women! You are the best advocate for the women in your life. Encourage the women you know who experience uterine health concerns to get talking, get into their GYN for a checkup, and get answers! Share the information you’ve learned and share this podcast.

Minerva Surgical is thankful to host a podcast where women of all backgrounds can come together and talk openly and honestly. We’ll bring new perspectives each month and hope you will be with us on our journey to empower women! If there is a topic that interests you that you would like to learn more about, or if you would like to share your own uterine health journey with other listeners to inspire, empower, and bring hope to our listeners, please email us at

1.       Davis E, Sparzak PB. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding. [Updated 2022 Feb 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan. Accessed July 14, 2022, from

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