The Importance of a Well Woman Exam

I so vividly remember that fear I felt awaiting my first gynecology exam. I was a headstrong teenager at that time and much too proud to admit my fear, so I chose not to ask my mother any questions about this sort of exam. Instead, I read all about what to expect at that first visit in an article in Seventeen Magazine and felt I was completely prepared. That was until…I walked through the doors of the GYN office. With my heart racing and my hands shaking I thought to myself, “Is this really necessary?” Even then I knew that it was, so I proceeded on.

By: Anne-Marie Singleton, CNM, ARNP

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Gynecologic Surgery

Hysterectomy is the second most common major surgery performed on women in the United States, behind cesarean section.  By definition, hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, although it is often performed with removal of cervix, fallopian tubes and sometimes the ovaries.  It is used as a definitive treatment for many benign gynecologic ailments in women’s health, as well as for the treatment of certain cancers.  In 2010, there were approximately 600,000 hysterectomies done in the United States.  It is estimated that one in three women will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. 

by: Dr. David Dixon

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month!  The fact is, Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.  That’s approximately one woman every minute. 

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What the Latest Flu Shot News Means for You

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that this year’s flu season may be a particularly bad one, thanks to an aggressive flu strain—and the flu shot may not offer enough protection. Here’s what you need to know.

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child.

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Full-Term Healthy Babies

North Florida Women’s Care prides itself in delivering full-term healthy babies.  Not every pregnancy will be the same, but the physicians and staff at North Florida Women’s Care in conjunction with the local Big Bend Division of March of Dimes advocate awareness and provide education on the importance of preventing pre-term births.

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Calling All Men be in Labor!
For several years, North Florida Women’s Care has been a key partner with the local March of Dimes office. As in the past few years, our CEO; Bill Hambsh is helping launch an awareness campaign for the “men”. It is called Men In Labor.

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Marching Onward for the Babies

North Florida Women’s Care kicked-off their March of Dimes fundraising efforts on March 18th. Team Captain Carolyn Dotson and her committee have worked very hard with planning tons of fundraising efforts. The first major fundraising event was held this afternoon, Friday April 11th. Over $400 was raised this afternoon, at the Annual Chance Auction. All proceeds benefit the Big Bend March of Dimes.

Mark your calendars for the March for Babies Walk on Saturday, April 26th at Tom Brown Park.

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Endometriosis and Back Pain

The women interested in the lower back pain endometriosis symptoms should know that in many cases the back pain and endometriosis go hand in hand.  If you have endometriosis, the period cramps will gradually worsen and you could also be affected by headaches, depression, anxiety, infertility, fatigue and irregular periods.

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Walking Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women who walk at least 7 hours per week have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer than their less active counterparts.Those are the findings of a large epidemiologic study published in Cancer: Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

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