At 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…
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
Long-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.
In the United States, the number of unwanted or unintended pregnancies still continues to grow. This is why LARCs are being prescribed more and more to women in this country.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, are extremely effective for preventing pregnancy. LARCs are generally classified into two distinct types: intrauterine devices (IUDs), or implants. No matter which method is chosen, LARCs last for years and are extremely easy to use—and are more than 99% effective.
Once inserted by trained medical staff, LARCs require no more maintenance: no daily pill, no removal or reinsertion and no more worry. LARCs offer safe, effective birth control for as long as the device is in place.
At Nature Coast Women’s Care in Tallahassee, women can find out about all of the various forms of reversible contraceptives; including IUDs like Mirena and Skyla, as well as popular implants like Nexplanon. Dr. Okoroji and his staff can outline all of your contraceptive options, to find out which one is right—and safe—for you!
HPV is short for human papillomavirus and it’s been in the news an awful lot lately. Most people know them by the warts that they produce but did you know that according to the CDC there are actually over 100 different viruses in the group? While not uncommon, some types of HPV can increase the risk of cervical cancer.
It is important to talk to a women’s health professional if:
You think you may have HPV and need to talk to someone.
You have HPV and are thinking of starting a family.
You have HPV and have found out you are pregnant.
If you are in the Tallahassee or Quincy area and need a safe and caring environment to talk about this or any other women’s health care issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Are your suffering from excessive or prolonged bleeding during your menstrual cycle but cannot or do not wish to undergo a hysterectomy? If you have questions regarding this outpatient procedure the professionals at Nature Coast Women’s Care can help in giving you the information you need.
As the only OB/GYN offering on-site services in Quincy, Nature Coast Women’s Care continues to prioritize the health needs of women in what is otherwise an overlooked area. As a result, Dr. Okoroji and his staff have continued to make sure that women in Quincy have high quality OB/GYN and health services that are convenient to where they live and work. Read more
Some women,may be able to go through menopause without any unpleasant symptoms, or complications; but most unfortunately find menopausal symptoms painful, irksome and often debilitating…and sometimes, they last for years.
It all comes down to estrogen–or a lack thereof. As a woman ages, her body produces less and less estrogen (and progesterone), and the symptoms that you might experience vary widely, due to the effects that both of these hormones have on your body. Because estrogen helps to regulate your menstrual cycle; as well as affecting your reproductive system, urinary tract, heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and even your brain, it is quite possible that you will experience menopausal symptoms throughout your entire body. Read more