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Medical Minute: Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

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Elizabeth-Miller

Our Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth Miller, talks weight loss in your Medical Minute.

Our very own Elizabeth Miller details the best plan of action when trying to lose weight. Well worth the listen!



Stay Informed Regarding the Zika Virus

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Many people in Tallahassee and Leon County have questions regarding the Zika Virus. You can stay informed on Zika prevention from the CDC. As well, please call our office if you have any urgent concerns.

Visit the Center For Disease Control (CDC)


What is a Hysterectomy?

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HysterectomyA hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. It is a very common type of surgery. When you have a hysterectomy you can no longer get pregnant.

There are two common types of hysterectomy.

• Total hysterectomy– Where the entire uterus, including the cervix, is removed.
 Partial hysterectomy– Where the upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left in place.


What is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and How to Manage?

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Tallahassee-uterineAbnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any age. During certain times in a woman’s life it is common for periods to be somewhat irregular.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding is bleeding in any of the following situations:

 Bleeding between periods
• Bleeding after sex
• Spotting anytime during the menstrual cycle
• Bleeding heavier or for more days than normal
• Bleeding after menopause

There are different test based on your symptoms that can help diagnose uterine bleeding. Some of the test can be done in your health care provider’s office or may need to be done at a hospital. The type of treatment depends on many factors, including the cause of bleeding, your age, if you want or have children. Most women can be treated with medications. Others may need surgery to help manage.


Should pregnant women in Tallahassee be worried about the Zika Virus?

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Zika TallahasseeYou may have heard about the Zika virus in the news lately. We asked our own Dr. O what Tallahassee women, especially those who are or are about to become pregnant, should know about this virus.

Dr. Okoroji of Nature Coast Women’s Care in Tallahassee, FL, says right now there are no known cases in Tallahassee or in the State of Florida that anyone has been infected with the Zika Virus. The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted primarily by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Given the mobile nature of people traveling this could change.

Dr. Okoroji says, “I recommend that travelers going to South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands where the virus transmission is predominant take precautions when visiting. If you are pregnant, try to avoid traveling to the places Zika Virus transmission is ongoing if possible. If it’s not possible to avoid those places, then they should adhere to the CDC guidelines that have been released for traveling in those areas. Please be aware of the symptoms of the Zika Virus and contact your Doctor if you become ill.”

Links
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6502e1.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/question-answers.html


Nature Coast Women’s Care Is a Tallahassee Healow Partner

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Nature Coast Women’s Care is proud to be one of the only women’s health centers in the area that offers same day appointments. As well, we are also a Healow partner which helps you as a patient stay connected with many great technological tools.

Home-PageWhat is the Healow Patient Portal?

If you need to schedule a visit with Nature Coast Women’s Care you can simply visit our website and click on the “Book an Appointment” button that is powered by Healow.  You will be presented with a page that lets you easily schedule your visit with us. Read more


Nature Coast Women’s Care Now Offers Essure

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5-Image of Essure for Web UseWhat is Essure?

Essure is the only non-surgical permanent birth control available.

• Non-surgical—Essure is a short 10-minute procedure that can be performed right in your doctor’s office. There’s no downtime to recover—most women go home within 45 minutes and resume normal activities in 1-2 days
• Proven—Essure is 99.83% effective*
• Non-hormonal—Essure inserts do not contain or release hormones
• May be available at no cost—Essure may be covered by your health insurance plan at no cost†
• FDA-approved and available for over 10 years

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Dr. Okoroji Featured in Tallahassee Democrat

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Dr. OkorojiAt Nature Coast Women’s Care, off Capital Circle Northeast, Dr. Chukwuma Okoroji treats 25 to 30 women per day.

As expectant mothers hoist themselves on to an examination bed, he’s constantly thinking about the mother’s health and how her “health literacy level” measures up.

It’s one thing, he said, to be generally informed. It’s another thing to be literate about health problems and how they affect an individual’s health — blood pressure, diet, stress levels, folic acid. A doctor’s packed schedule, seeing patients 15 minutes at a time, can make building trust with a patient more difficult.

But he makes every attempt. Why? In the end, Okoroji knows building trust will make a mother comfortable with asking questions and increasing her health literacy so more babies have a fighting chance at survival.

“The doctor and patient relationship has to be established and built up in order for that patient to trust you,” he said…

 

Read Article at tallahassee.com


LARCs Compared To Other Forms of Birth Control

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Tallahassee OBGYN LearningLARCs-Implant Devices

Long-acting reversible contraceptives generally come in two forms.  The second type of these is the implant.

Contraceptive implants have been in wide-spread use since just before the turn of the century; however, they were not approved to be used in the United States until 2006.  The Implant, predominantly Nexplanon, is a small tube, less than an inch and a half long, which is inserted into the skin of the upper arm.  The implant continually releases the hormone progestogen into the body (this is similar to the hormone that is released during pregnancy).

The implant is over 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies and can be left in place effectively for up to three years.  The procedures for insertion and removal are safe and simple and can be completed by a trained medical professional in just minutes.

If you believe that a long-acting reversible contraceptive such as the implant Nexplanon is right for you, contact Dr. Okoroji at Nature Coast Women’s Care in Tallahassee today for your fast, friendly consultation. Read more


LARCs-IUDs

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LARCs-IUDs

Tallahassee-IUDLong-acting reversible contraceptives generally come in two forms. The fastest-growing kind of these is the intrauterine device, or IUD.

The modern IUD has been used since the 1930’s, as a way to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. After WWII, great advances in the research of plastics led to the first OTC device to be sold to women all over the world. But plastic itself proved to be poor birth control; and it wasn’t until a South American physician discovered the contraceptive power of copper that real, effective designs could be manufactured. This combination of plastic and copper is the basis for the modern IUDs that are used today.

The three most popular devices now in use can remain in place for up to twelve years, depending upon which device is chosen. Skylar, which is effective for up to three years, utilizes a synthetic form of progestin to keep sperm from reaching the cervix. Mirena, effective for up to five years, utilizes the same synthetic hormone and is found to be slightly more effective. Paragard, on the other hand, is hormone-free and can remain in place and effective for up to twelve years.

Want to know which IUD is safe and right for you? Call Nature Coast Women’s Care in Tallahassee today, to schedule your appointment to find out.