IUDs: Putting the Rumors About Intrauterine Devices to Rest

Like snake oil and fedoras, IUDs (intrauterine devices) have a bad rap. Back in the 1970s, an IUD called the Dalkon Shield became a popular birth control option. Unfortunately, the product’s poor design caused infections in many women. It was pulled from the market, and women were advised to have … [Read more...]

AAW Urges North Florida Residents to Stay Safe & Healthy During Irma Recovery

It has certainly been a frightening few days for residents of North Florida and throughout the state. Hurricane Irma was the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in Florida since 2004. The full extent of damage from the storm is unknown; however, so far at least 12 people have been confirmed … [Read more...]

Yeast Infections—No Piece of Cake: Preventative Tips from OB/GYNs

There’s no denying that yeast infections are miserable. They can cause intense vaginal itching, soreness, inflammation and burning. According to the National Institute of Health, at least 75% of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. What is a Yeast Infection? A … [Read more...]

An Apple a Day: How Eating Fruit Could Make Your Baby Smarter

It may seem obvious that eating fruit is beneficial to the body’s overall health and is part of a balanced diet during pregnancy, but recent research has shown that eating fruit while pregnant may even make your growing baby smarter. The results are preliminary, but researchers at the University … [Read more...]

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: Signs and Risks

It’s very important to go to all of your prenatal appointments while you’re pregnant. Among many things that your doctor checks during each appointment is high blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy doesn’t usually cause symptoms or signal any issues, but it can be harmful to both … [Read more...]

The Importance of Exercising During Menopause

We all know that exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that exercise during menopause is especially important for women? How Does Exercise Help Women During Menopause? During menopause, many women experience depression, weight gain and loss of muscle mass. Exercise can … [Read more...]

Can STIs Cause Infertility?

Did you know that one of the leading causes of preventable infertility is STIs? Undetected chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Chlamydia and gonorrhea cause at least 24,000 cases of preventable infertility every year. STI … [Read more...]

Can Mindfulness Help in Childbirth?

Fear of childbirth is common for many first-time mothers. This fear erodes a pregnant woman’s confidence and has been proven to result in a more difficult labor, harder delivery outcomes and an increase in postpartum depression. A recent study completed by researchers at the University of … [Read more...]

Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Uterine fibroids are extremely common in women. One study estimates that 70% of white women and 80-90% of black women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. Luckily, only about 30% of those women experience symptoms. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the … [Read more...]

Are You Producing Enough Breast Milk for Your Baby?

Approximately 35% of mothers who stop breastfeeding early report insufficient milk supply as the main reason. Infant cues are difficult to read, and it can be hard to know if your baby is getting the milk he or she needs to be healthy, especially during the first few sleep-deprived months as a new … [Read more...]