Blog Archive

How to Maintain Your Bone Strength at Any Age Sep 1st, 2019

Most women know they’re more prone to osteoporosis (or weak bones) as they get older. But what many don’t realize is just how prevalent it is. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, of the 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis (which literally means “porous bones”), 8 million are women. What’s...

What Type of Birth Control Is Right for Me? Aug 9th, 2019

Certainly, the most important consideration when picking a birth control method is how well the method works to prevent pregnancy. And for a long time, birth control pills were the method most women turned to. Oral contraceptives are still extremely popular. But today, they’ve been joined by a host of...

What You Should Know About Ovarian Cysts Jul 1st, 2019

Most women have heard of ovarian cysts, but few understand what they are and when they’re cause for concern.  At The Women’s Center, our experienced team offers a personalized approach to help you understand this unique gynecological condition and how it can affect your overall health. If you think you...

When Should I Start Getting Mammograms? Jun 1st, 2019

If you feel confused about when you should get a mammogram, join the club. With differing recommendations depending on which organization you ask, it's no wonder many women are left wondering what they should do. A good medical professional can help cut through the conflicting advice and figure out what's...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health May 6th, 2019

Menopausal symptoms aren’t limited to hot flashes and night sweats. The change of life can also affect your mental state and mood. To better understand why menopause can trigger mental health issues, it’s best to start by getting a better picture of menopause itself. Here at The Women’s Center, we’re...

Your Sexual Health Is Important: How MonaLisa Touch Can Help Apr 3rd, 2019

For decades, women have watched as untold dollars and man hours were spent coming up with solutions for sexual dysfunction in males. While men were rewarded with little blue pills, among other options, women’s sexual health was left largely unaddressed. Until now. Here at The Women’s Center, our team of...

PCOS Affects More Women Than You Might Think: Is There a Cure? Mar 8th, 2019

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, occurs due to a hormonal imbalance. It can cause irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and appearance changes. PCOS also can put you at a higher risk of certain diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. If you’ve...

How Pregnancy Affects the Heart Feb 4th, 2019

Did you know the healthy glow that often comes with pregnancy is partially fueled by a 50% increase in blood volume in your system? This means that you’re not only eating for two, you’re also beating for two. Since February is National Heart Health Awareness Month, we here at The...

What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer Jan 10th, 2019

About 13,000 women will likely receive a diagnosis of cervical cancer this year. Because of improvements in awareness and screening, this rate is down by about 50% since the mid-1970s. While this is great news for women’s health in general, it’s little consolation if you’re one of those 13,000. Nevertheless,...

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? Your Solution Options Dec 17th, 2018

Heavy menstrual bleeding, medically called menorrhagia, may not only interfere with your regular daily activities, it may lead to complications such as anemia and severe menstrual cramps. There are treatment options, and the best for you may depend on many factors, including your age and the underlying causes of your...

Why the IUD Has Increased in Popularity Nov 29th, 2018

Considering that the average American woman spends about 30 years of her reproductive life trying to avoid unintended pregnancy, it makes sense that there’s a wide range of available birth control options. For some women, the pill remains an ideal choice; for others, the vaginal ring or the contraceptive injection...

Staying Healthy With a Well-Woman Visit Every Year! Apr 2nd, 2017

Scheduling your  “well-woman” visit with a The Women’s Center healthcare provider every year is an important component to staying healthy.  Well-woman visits include a full checkup, aside from any other visit for sickness or injury you may have scheduled. Well- woman visits focus on preventive care for women, which can include: Services, like shots,...

April is Autism Awareness Month Apr 1st, 2017

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Societylaunched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year help promote autism awareness by encouraging friends and collaborators to...

Your Daughter’s First Gynecological Visit Mar 30th, 2017

We are often asked at what age should parents schedule their daughter’s first gynecological visit. At the Women’s Center of Orlando, we recommend young women be seen for their first visit between the ages of 13-15. This is the recommendation of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The first gynecological visit is a...

Is Prenatal Yoga the Best Answer for Exercise During Pregnancy? Mar 27th, 2017

Pregnant patients often ask whether they should be exercising during their pregnancy. The answer is a resounding yes! But, we always follow that with a reminder that it’s very important to discuss exercising with your physician. There are certain medical conditions related to pregnancy which may not allow you to...

Here are Ten Reasons For Calling Your Doctor While Your Pregnant Mar 16th, 2017

With all of the hormonal, physical and emotional changes that happen during pregnancy, you’ve probably dealt with morning sickness, minor aches and pains and digestive woes. Although most pregnancy symptoms and pregnancy concerns are nothing to worry about, you might be unsure whether you should call your OB/GYN or midwife...

Pampers Delivers Its Smallest Diaper Ever for the Tiniest Premature Babies Mar 13th, 2017

One in ten babies is born premature (before term, 37 weeks), reports the March of Dimes. In 2015, 380,000 babies were born before term, according to Live Science. If born prematurely, babies are placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU, to remedy any complications and nurture the infant. “With...

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month… Do You Know the Facts? Mar 1st, 2017

This article will discuss Endometriosis. Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide regardless of their ethnic and social background. Many remain undiagnosed and are therefore not treated. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrial stroma and glands, which should only be located inside...

What’s Considered a “Normal” Menstrual Cycle? Feb 28th, 2017

There is a rather large range of “normal” among menstruating women. Unpredictable or long menstrual cycles are fairly normal for teenagers and for women that are in their 40s. For teens, a normal cycle can be as brief as 21 days or as long as 45 days. If you’re teen,...

The Women’s Center of Orlando St. Cloud Office Hosts Its First Mommy-and-Me Discussion Feb 24th, 2017

On Thursday February 23rd The Women’s Center of Orlando’s St. Cloud office hosted the first of its Mommy-and-Me Certified Nurse Midwife discussions. The discussion was led by Certified Nurse Midwife Kaitlyn Zipoli and engaged in conversation with moms about subjects like lactation, intimacy and stress. The  next Mommy-and-Me discussion will take...

Exercise During Pregnancy May Reduce Dangerous Complications in Obese Women Feb 22nd, 2017

Exercise may be an efficient way for obese pregnant women to lower their risk of diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure and other complications, research suggests. As reported at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in San Diego, California, Savitsky and her team analyzed previously published research...

Need a Recipe for Good Cholesterol? Try a Mediterranean Diet Virgin Olive Oil! Feb 20th, 2017

A Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may improve the function of “good” cholesterol in people at risk for heart disease, according to a new study. A Mediterranean diet is based on the typical eating habits in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It includes dairy products, fish and...

Mom and Baby Benefit from Skin to Skin Contact After Birth Dec 14th, 2016

Skin-to-skin contact between moms and newborn babies directly after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a healthier start in life, according to a new analysis of already existing study data. Women who had skin-to-skin contact with their unclothed babies immediately  after delivery were more likely to...

Dr. Carlos Rodrigues Delivers First Baby at Florida Hospital Orlando for The Women’s Center Dec 12th, 2016

The Women’s Center has entered into a “new phase’ in its 20 year commitment to women’s health in Central Florida. Dr. Gearity and The Women’s Center of Orlando have had a long and successful relationship with Winnie Palmer Hospital in delivering babies, but with the continued growth of the practice...

Study Shows Vitamin D Levels May Be Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival Odds Nov 23rd, 2016

For women diagnosed with breast cancer, high vitamin D levels in the blood may be tied to better odds of surviving and having tumors with less deadly characteristics, suggests a new study. While the new study supports previous research on vitamin D and breast cancer, it can’t prove that boosting...

In-Office Procedures offer Convenience and NO WAIT Time! Oct 17th, 2016

We live in a busy world where convenience is key to our lifestyles. Having OBGYN procedures performed in an office that is already familiar, trusted and in a convenient location, not only offer peace of mind but saves you time and money. Most of these procedures were formerly performed in a...

Tuberculosis is Not Under Control and Can Be Pregnancy Risk Oct 16th, 2016

The World Health Organization announced on Thursday, October 13, 2016, that Tuberculosis is not under control as was once believed, and could pose a serious threat to pregnancy. In fact, between 2013 and 2016 there has been an increase of reported cases. This is a real concern for the health community...

Having Anxiety Over Having a Mammogram? We Have No Appointment Delays at The Women’s Center! Oct 14th, 2016

Mammogram anxiety has become part of my routine process and maybe yours. Regardless of all the information we have about technological advances in detecting and treating breast cancer in its early stages, we still get nervous and want to procrastinate, or just totally avoid getting a mammogram.  I recognize this fear in me...

What Women Should Know About The LEEP Procedure Sep 23rd, 2016

Each year, the month of September is set aside to bring awareness of the five types of Gynecological Cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs – cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. What is LEEP. Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)...

Endometrial Ablation for Excessive Bleeding Sep 17th, 2016

One in five women suffers from unusual and excessive menstrual bleeding called Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) which can significantly disrupt your qualify of life. Symptoms: If you’re suffering with AUB, you maybe experiencing any of these symptoms: Have a menstrual flow that oaks through one or more pads or tampons...

High Risk Pregnancy – Handle With Care Sep 15th, 2016

With multiple news agencies reporting singer, Janet Jackson’s high risk pregnancy and confinement to bed rest, the spotlight has once again been placed on the importance of preconception health management as well as the necessity for this specialized prenatal care for a safe and healthy pregnancy. A high risk pregnancy means that you...

September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month Sep 11th, 2016

Each year, the month of September is both Gynecological Cancer Awareness and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to help educate women about these cancers. When you hear the word “cancer,” it’s scary because there is so much that is unknown. However, awareness and early detection are key success factors in the...

Risks and Prevention of Listeriosis in Pregnancy Sep 7th, 2016

The multistate outbreak this past summer of Listeriosis linked to frozen vegetables, fresh cut vegetable products and packaged salads shines a spotlight on this dangerous foodborne illness especially for pregnant women. The recent Listeriosis-related death of MMA fighter Chael Sonnen‘s newborn daughter stresses the need for pregnant women to stay vigilant...

A Healthy Pregnancy Begins Before Conception Aug 31st, 2016

A growing trend of maternal mortality cases in the United States, either during pregnancy or shortly after birth, is causing concern in the health community and spotlights the importance of women’s health management prior to conception. While pregnancy-related deaths are rare, Federal health officials have reported a spike in the nation’s maternal mortality figures. Some of the...

Zika Virus Continues to Surprise Aug 30th, 2016

As of August 24th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,517 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the US. While there is still much uncertainty about the extent of the Zika virus transmission, with each passing day it continues to surprise. Florida has reported 29 people who have contracted the...

Hepatitis A Outbreak Spotlights Need for Vaccination Aug 26th, 2016

As the number of confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus (HAV) rises to 228 and continues to climb, the Hawaii State Health Department ordered the immediate closure of nearly a dozen locations of the restaurant chain Genki Sushi on the islands of Oahu and Kaua. While the cause of this unprecedented...

Early Detection of Breast Cancer, 8 Reasons Why Regular Screening Saves Lives Aug 25th, 2016

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. Here are 8 reasons why you need a regular mammogram screening: Regular mammograms increase your breast cancer survival rate by 30%. Mammograms can detect a lump two years before you can feel it during a self-examination. More than...

Pregnancy Digestion Discomfort Tips Aug 19th, 2016

Throughout the duration of your pregnancy, your body will continually go through many changes. Common digestion discomforts due to pregnancy are unique for each woman and each mom-to-be may experience symptoms differently and at different times or not at all. The digestion discomforts described below are a normal part of pregnancy. However, if...

Why is Breastfeeding So Good For the Baby and the Mom Jul 21st, 2016

Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your...

The Women’s Center Welcomes Two New Providers to Our Family! Jul 12th, 2016

The Women’s Center of Orlando is growing again with two new health care providers. We would like to welcome Dr. Priya Patel and Certified Midwife, Kaitlyn Zipoli! Dr. Priya Patel earned her undergraduate degree right here from Valencia Community College where she was on the Honors society and named in multiple...

Mammogram and Annual Exam On the Same Day? Absolutely… at The Women’s Center! Jun 22nd, 2016

The Women’s Center of Orlando is known for having the best in technology, best in quality health care providers and best in convenience for its patient in all six locations. We have even made it possible to book your mammogram and annual exam in the same visit! We also offer...

Book your Appointment Online… It’s Easy! Feb 28th, 2016

Dr. Gearity and The Women’s Center have always provided the highest quality women’s health care throughout Central Florida. Our friendly, caring providers bring the best of care to all patients with the very best services in Obstetrics, Gynecology, In Office Procedures, and Minimally Invasive Surgeries. With six locations throughout Orange, Lake,...