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Sunscreen Awareness


May 27 is National Sunscreen Day, and summer is practically here already! With daylight savings time comes an even greater need to protect your skin. If we have met, you know how big I am on sunscreen. It’s so important! 

Sunscreen Awareness2021-05-06T16:10:50+00:00

STD Awareness & Prevention


Preventing STDs may sound like a no-brainer, but STDs are more common than you might realize. People do not walk around with a scarlet letter indicating they have chlamydia, herpes, or HIV. The reality is that people often have no signs or symptoms that they have an STD making transmission easy.

STD Awareness & Prevention2021-03-15T14:29:09+00:00

The Magical, Fantastical and Sometimes Elusive Female Orgasm


Unlike males, females do not have to reach orgasm during intercourse in order to procreate. Women also seem to sometimes have a harder time reaching orgasm, if they do at all. Studies show that with intercourse alone women reach orgasm only about 51% of the time, compared to men who reach orgasm 96% of the time. Now, that just isn’t fair! So, what can be done about this? For starters, we need to understand that women need stimulation to the clitoris during intercourse.

The Magical, Fantastical and Sometimes Elusive Female Orgasm2021-02-24T16:38:02+00:00

Cardiovascular Disease During the Covid-19 Pandemic


In light of our ongoing struggle with Covid-19, it is important to identify patients with increased cardiovascular (CV) disease risk. It is well-known that people with underlying conditions like obesity, hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes, or a history of cardiovascular disease are especially affected by complications from Covid-19. 

Cardiovascular Disease During the Covid-19 Pandemic2021-01-26T15:49:14+00:00

What do you need to know about your thyroid gland?


The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate many vital functions in your body. In our office, we screen for thyroid dysfunction at routine annual exams and when patients complain of symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction.

What do you need to know about your thyroid gland?2021-01-04T14:59:35+00:00

Managing Holiday Stress


The holidays, as exciting as they are, can be very stressful. Covid-19 has added another level of stress because many want to see their friends and family, but want to do it safely. Others are looking for creative ways to find a connection during the holidays via zoom or drive-by mingling. Is it possible to enjoy the holidays during the Covid-19 pandemic? We think that with extra precautions, you can minimize your risk of flu and Covid-19.

Managing Holiday Stress2020-11-30T17:58:20+00:00

The Matter with the Bladder!


Recently I was enjoying my latest edition of Southern Living magazine. As I was thumbing through the recipes, gardening section, and the model home layout it occurred to me that I had seen THREE advertisements for incontinence pads. Are we still thinking this is something normal? ….that childbirth and aging cause us to “tinkle” when we laugh, sneeze or get a strong urge?

The Matter with the Bladder!2020-10-30T13:47:05+00:00

What you should know about Breast Cancer


Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women with lung cancer being the number one killer. The incidence of breast cancer diagnosis varies by age group but, an average of 1/9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 2.6% of women will die from breast cancer per the American Cancer Society. The good news is that women age 50 and older continue to see the death rate decrease.

What you should know about Breast Cancer2020-10-02T02:15:04+00:00

When Sex Hurts


Dyspareunia is genital pain that occurs before, during or after sexual intercourse. Patients may experience stinging or burning or feel deep pelvic pain. Many women are uncomfortable discussing this with their healthcare provider, but I encourage women to talk about it because it is quite common and can often be treated.   

When Sex Hurts2020-09-01T13:33:43+00:00

My Breastfeeding Experience By Kelli Porter, Nurse Practitioner


One of the most exciting and challenging times in a woman’s life is when she is expecting a baby. There are so many emotions and decisions to make during that time. One of the most important decisions is whether or not to breastfeed. Breastfeeding can be stressful but is also extremely rewarding.

My Breastfeeding Experience By Kelli Porter, Nurse Practitioner2020-08-07T16:50:13+00:00