Blog Archive

What Causes Abnormal Bleeding? Oct 7th, 2021

Your women friends — and women’s magazines — complain a lot about the miseries of menstruation: the cramps, the fatigue, the bloating, the inconvenience. But you notice that your friends don’t rush to the bathroom when they’re menstruating as often as you do when it’s your “time of the month.”...

Relief for Your Urinary Incontinence Sep 8th, 2021

Some variety of urinary incontinence is a fact of life for many women, particularly once they pass menopause. Symptoms of urinary incontinence include: Chronic urge to urinate Urine leaks during laughter, sneezing, coughing, or jumping Waking up at night to urinate Not making it to the bathroom in time More...

Do I Need Treatment for My Fibroids? Aug 18th, 2021

Fibroids are benign tumors made up of uterine muscle tissue. Fibroids that grow in the muscular wall of your uterus and don’t bulge inward or outward are called intramural (i.e., inside the wall) fibroids. Submucosal fibroids are those that bulge into the cavity of your uterus, while subserosal fibroids bulge...

Why STDs Can Put Your Health at Risk Jul 20th, 2021

Nobody ever wants to get a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but if you’re sexually active, you’re always at risk. Even if you use protection. That’s why gynecological check-ups — including STD tests — are an essential part of women’s health.  At Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, our...

Understanding My Birth Control Options Jun 21st, 2021

Trying to pick the right form of birth control can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Knowing what your needs are today, and having an idea of what they may be in the future, can help you narrow your options.  At Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, our knowledgeable...

I'm Pregnant: Where Do I Start? May 10th, 2021

Pregnancy is natural, but it’s not always smooth, either for you or your baby. Your developing fetus needs extra nutrients to thrive and you need support, too, to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible throughout the gestation period.  Our caring and experienced OB/GYNs — Daniel McDyer, MD, FACOG, and...

Why Do I Have Urinary Incontinence? Apr 1st, 2021

More than three-quarters of the 25 million adults in the United States who suffer from urinary incontinence are women. Although the risk for urinary incontinence increases with age, one in four women over age 18 have some form of urinary incontinence. Whether you leak small amounts of urine while sneezing...

Treatment for Your Menopause Symptoms Mar 2nd, 2021

If you think back to adolescence — when your body was flooded with estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones — you probably remember a whole slew of unwanted symptoms, including acne and mood swings. Now that you’re in (or approaching) menopause, you may find that you’re once again at the mercy...

The Importance of a Well Woman Exam Feb 2nd, 2021

Medical conditions rarely arise all at once. Most conditions develop slowly over time, so that you don’t even notice the changes. After symptoms appear, your condition or disease is already in a later stage that may complicate treatment. Annual exams are an important part of your self-care routine. Just as...

Is My Heavy Bleeding Normal? Jan 1st, 2021

While women’s periods may vary between individuals — or even over time — keeping track of how long you bleed and how heavy your bleeding is can help you keep on top of your reproductive health. Heavy or abnormal bleeding is almost always a sign that something is off-kilter, either...

The Benefits of Prenatal Care Dec 21st, 2020

In the United States, more than three-quarters of women who give birth initiate prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Only 4.6% begin in the third trimester, and just 1.6% aren’t able to or opt not to receive prenatal care...

How to Choose the Right Birth Control for You Nov 4th, 2020

Effective birth control allows you and your partner to take charge of your fertility and plan the family that you both desire. Although you can choose from many effective contraceptive methods, the fact that there are so many can sometimes be confusing.  Do you want something permanent, semi-permanent, or at-will?...

What You Should Know About Perimenopause Oct 1st, 2020

You feel tired all the time. You snap at your kids or co-workers. You don’t want to have sex anymore. Are you under too much stress? Or are you in perimenopause? At Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville — with two offices in Jacksonville, Florida — our OB/GYNs Daniel McDyer, MD,...

Could Your Symptoms Mean You Have an STD? Sep 16th, 2020

If you’ve noticed sores in your vaginal or vulvar area, or changes in your vaginal discharge, you might be tempted to dismiss them as being related to chafing or a simple yeast infection. But if you’re sexually active, or have been in the last several years, a new symptom could...

What to Expect at Your Well Woman Exam Aug 31st, 2020

You’ve heard that an annual well woman exam is important for maintaining the health of your reproductive organs throughout your life cycle. But, a well woman exam can be so much more than that. When you establish a relationship with your OB/GYN, you then have a trusted professional you can...

Don't Ignore a Heavy Period Jul 15th, 2020

When you were younger, you heard your relatives complain about their “women problems,” and now you know why. Your periods seem to last longer every year, and you quickly soak through your pads and tampons. Heavy periods, though, aren’t normal, so you shouldn’t ignore or try to put up with...

Women's Health Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jun 10th, 2020

You’ve been following all of the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governor’s office: You wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, maintain social distance when outside, and always wear a mask in public. But you’ve been having heavy periods, or you’re...

When PMS Is Problematic May 19th, 2020

Each month, your body prepares for pregnancy by building a nourishing, blood-rich lining inside your uterus. If you don’t become pregnant, the levels of your “female” hormones — estrogen and progesterone — plummet, which signals your body to shed the lining. This change in your hormonal balance can cause a...

5 Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Apr 14th, 2020

When your pelvic area hurts, you may wonder what’s going on with your body, especially if you’re not menstruating and you don’t think that you’re pregnant. Pelvic pain can be an indication that something’s seriously awry. Both men and women, for instance, might experience sharp, excruciating pain in their lower...

Coping With Your Sexual Health After Menopause Mar 5th, 2020

You actually looked forward to menopause. After all, who wouldn’t trade in monthly cramps, tampons, and fears of unwanted pregnancy for freedom from pain and birth control? But menopause brought its own challenges; painful sex and a low libido are among them.   At Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville —...

When to See a Doctor for Fibroids Feb 3rd, 2020

Fibroids (aka leiomyoma or myoma) are benign growths that emerge in the wall of your uterus, inside your uterine cavity, or on the outer surface of your uterus. Fibroids are made of uterine muscle fiber cells and other cells, and range in size from microscopic to the size of a...

Resolve to Be a Healthier You: Start This Year with a Well-Woman Exam Jan 15th, 2020

When the New Year rolls around, most women, men, and kids make a list of resolutions to achieve their personal and health-related goals. Just as you need help and specialized knowledge to achieve your career and personal goals, getting help with your health goals keeps you on track for the...

Long periods? Heavy flow? Find Out What's Normal and What's Not Dec 19th, 2019

You already know that no two periods are the same. So if you’re struggling with long or heavy periods, you’re probably confused about what’s normal and what’s not. You might even be scared that something serious could be going on. At Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville, we understand the fear...

Female Urinary Incontinence: It’s More Common Than You Think Nov 1st, 2019

No one likes to talk about urinary incontinence, but it’s a real condition that affects more women than you realize — about 10% of women under 65 and about 35% of women over 65. Women often suffer in silence because they’re too embarrassed to tell anyone they’re having a problem...

Why So Many Women Are Choosing IUDs for Their Birth Control Oct 3rd, 2019

Birth control is a uniquely personal choice, because every woman has her own needs, health concerns, and lifestyle factors to keep in mind. That’s why our team at Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville offers a wide range of prescription birth control methods, including: Pills Patches Vaginal rings Injections Implants One...

Who Should Have an STD Test and How Often? Sep 19th, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 20 million people are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) every year. Despite the alarming number of cases, many people don’t get tested. Not getting tested or treated for an STD puts your health at risk. ...

10 Tips to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy Aug 23rd, 2019

Congratulations, you’ve decided the time is right to become a mom. To get your body ready for conception, the experts at Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville offer the following 10 tips to help prepare your body for pregnancy. Following these lifestyle steps will help minimize risks and help you enjoy...

5 Reasons for Urinary Incontinence in Women Apr 9th, 2019

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Though it may be embarrassing to bring up in conversation with your doctor, it’s quite common. The reasons you may experience urinary incontinence can vary in severity, but it’s absolutely something you should discuss with your doctor.  Urinary incontinence tends to occur...

Is a Fever During Pregnancy Normal? Mar 21st, 2019

When you’re pregnant, your body is going through a lot of changes and hormonal swings. There are plenty of normal, everyday symptoms and side effects that many women experience during pregnancy. But when it comes to running a fever, you should always be vigilant about getting the right medical attention....

Why Annual OBGYN Exams are so Important to Longterm Health Mar 5th, 2019

More than likely you or members of your family see a primary care physician at least once per year. Additionally, you probably fit in a checkup with your dentist and maybe even a dermatologist or optometrist appointment. Which is why, for women, annual OBGYN exams are very important to prioritize....