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A systematic approach to care is key to improving your sexual health and desire Jan 4th, 2021

by Paul Joslyn, MD, FACOG At one time or another, many of my patients have experienced problems with decreased libido, painful intercourse or other problems related to intimacy. If you are having problems with sexual desire or response, you are certainly not alone. And here’s the good news: many solutions...

Osteopathic manipulative treatment has many applications in obstetrics and gynecology Nov 29th, 2020

by Deidra Duncan, DO Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. I am one...

New patients will discover many advantages to Premier Women’s Care Oct 22nd, 2020

At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, new patients are always welcome. With offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres, we are a large practice with a small practice feel. Whether you are pregnant, having gynecological problems, or just looking to establish a relationship with an ob-gyn, you...

Dr. Cathy Balogh provides patient-centered care and forms partnerships with her patients Sep 29th, 2020

by Cathy Balogh, D.O.   Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida is everything I was looking for in a practice. They have a patient-centered approach and are very personable. They value continuity of care and education for patients, as well as providing evidence-based medicine.   What I enjoy about being...

Dr. Deidra Duncan wants her patients to feel comfortable and confident Sep 2nd, 2020

by Deidra Duncan, D.O. We as women are often overlooked and ignored, and I like being there to listen to my patients when they feel like no one else will. Obstetrics and gynecology are so personal. Whether discussing birth control, the treatment of ovarian cysts, or the effects of menopause...

Vaccines during pregnancy are not only safe, but strongly recommended Aug 2nd, 2020

  by Paul Joslyn, MD, FACOG   During more than 30 years practicing obstetrics and gynecology, I have often heard my pregnant patients ask some variation of this question: “My doctor has recommended both the influenza vaccine and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. Is it safe, and why can’t I wait...

Telehealth: More of the convenience you need Jun 28th, 2020

by Anita Del Bianco, MD, FACOG Many of our patients have recently experienced a first for Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida – telehealth visits.   In March, in order to avoid the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, we began offering our established patients telehealth appointments as an alternative...

Why I moved my gynecology practice to Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida May 19th, 2020

by Richard D Murray, MD, FACOG   After 20 plus years as a solo, independent gynecologist in Ft. Myers, I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team of providers at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida along with my entire staff.   The benefits to my patients are many....

In-office surgeries mean quicker recovery, less cost and no general anesthesia Apr 30th, 2020

by Kevin Fleishman, MD, FACOG At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, we place a priority on comfort and convenience for our patients.  This includes performing in-office procedures that offer the advantages of avoiding hospital visits and general anesthesia, along with a quicker recovery, less post-operative pain and more reasonable...

Premier Women’s Care is here for our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic Mar 31st, 2020

  by Sarah H. Krauss, MD, FACOG The uncertainty of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, makes it more important than ever for us all to stay connected, even while practicing social distancing.   We at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida are committed to providing safe obstetrics and gynecologic care while diligently...

Why choose a certified nurse midwife as your provider? Feb 27th, 2020

by Heidi Zielinski, CNM, MS Like obstetrics and gynecology physicians, certified nurse midwives provide a full spectrum of pre-conceptual care for women, including family planning, as well as labor, delivery and postpartum care.  Women who are looking for added emotional support and education before, during and after delivery often choose...

Why Many Women are Choosing the IUD for Their Birth Control Feb 26th, 2020

If you’re looking for safe, effective, reversible birth control, you may be considering the pill, a diaphragm, or an implant. But here’s another choice to add to your list: the intrauterine device (IUD). Many women are choosing the IUD because it provides reliable, convenient birth control with minimal potential side...

The pros and cons of long-acting reversible contraceptives: IUD vs. Nexplanon implant Feb 10th, 2020

by Anita Del Bianco, MD, FACOG Click here for bio.   When it comes to birth control, women have many choices today, including various types of long-acting reversible contraceptives.  With all those choices can come a lot of confusion about which method of contraception is best. And the answer, as...

What Every Woman and Her Daughter Should Know About HPV Jan 9th, 2020

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, but you don’t think it’s anything to worry about. Before you shrug it off, consider these facts. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It’s so common that about 80% of all women will...

Can Pelvic Prolapse Be Prevented? Dec 1st, 2019

Pelvic organ prolapse, also called pelvic prolapse, is common — it affects about one-third of all women at some point in their lifetime — but it’s not pleasant. Your pelvic region, which includes your bladder, uterus, rectum, and bowel, is held in place by pelvic muscles and tissues. When these...

Why MonaLisa Touch is a Game-Changer for Women's Sexual Health Nov 1st, 2019

If you really have a headache, then by all means, pass on the sex tonight. But if you’re constantly coming up with excuses to avoid intimacy because sex is not comfortable or enjoyable, the solution is easier than you think. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, our extensive team...

Is a 3D Mammogram Better than a Traditional Mammogram? Oct 1st, 2019

While a 3D mammogram can’t boast of being more comfortable than a traditional 2D mammogram, it may be substantially better at detecting breast cancer. A 3D mammogram — also known as a three-dimensional mammogram, breast tomo synthesis, digital tomosynthesis, or even just “tomo” — is a next-generation mammogram technology.  Since...

What Is Endometrial Ablation and Why Would I Need It? Sep 4th, 2019

In a perfect world, your monthly cycles come and go without much fanfare — there’s discomfort and hassle, but not pain and heavy bleeding. Unfortunately, nearly 10 million American women in their childbearing years struggle with heavy periods that cause serious quality-of-life issues.  At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida,...

Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding Aug 15th, 2019

The good news is that most moms in the United States, more than 83%, start out breastfeeding their babies. However, many stop before their baby turns 6 months old.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants receive nothing but breastmilk up until 6 months of age, and then breastmilk...

What Is Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) ? Jul 24th, 2019

Surgery of any kind, even a minor procedure, presents a fair amount of challenges and some risk. Though the goal of most surgeries is to improve your health and your quality of life, the road there can be a bumpy one. Recognizing the need for better care, a group of...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Jun 5th, 2019

Menopause is the time in your life during which you stop getting menstrual periods and can no longer get pregnant. During menopause and perimenopause, which includes the years leading up to menopause, your body produces lower levels of certain hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. Hormonal changes related to menopause...

Here's Why You Should Consider Participating in a Clinical Trial May 15th, 2019

Virtually everyone has heard of clinical trials. You’re bombarded with advertisements quoting the success of drugs, therapies, devices, or techniques in clinical studies, yet many people don’t know what these trials entail, other than understanding that it’s a part of medical research. Whether it’s to learn about new therapies or...

Benefits of a Gentle Cesarean Section Apr 27th, 2019

When a woman is unable to give birth vaginally, a cesarean section is typically required. A cesarean section is a surgical procedure used to deliver the baby from the mother’s uterus. Although a gentle cesarean section is still surgery, it is a different approach to the procedure that offers several...

Don't Endure Painful Sex After Menopause: Learn About MonaLisa Touch® Mar 1st, 2019

Not long ago, women who suffered from vaginal atrophy had primarily one option, hormone therapy. But now there’s an alternative. At Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida, we offer MonaLisa Touch®, an innovative treatment that uses focused laser energy to restore and rejuvenate your vaginal tissues, so painful symptoms are...

The Many Benefits and uses of da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgeries Feb 6th, 2019

Robotic surgery may sound like a plot line from a science fiction novel, but actually, using robots and computers to assist in surgical procedures isn’t a brand-new concept. In fact, robot-assisted surgery began way back in 1985. Since then the technology and therefore benefits, have improved dramatically.  At Premier Women’s...

How Hormone-Free MonaLisa Touch Remedies Painful Sex After Menopause Jan 9th, 2019

Menopause brings a lot of changes, some of them welcome and some of them pretty unpleasant. Most women are prepared for the most-talked-about symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats and irritability. But there’s one side effect of menopause that doesn’t get nearly as much “press,” even though it...

Heavy Periods? Learn Your Treatment Options Dec 20th, 2018

It’s pretty safe to say that most women don’t actually look forward to having their periods. Sure, a normal cycle means you’re healthy (and your birth control method is working), but the actual period itself can be kind of a pain. Now imagine that period is a lot heavier —...

Grand Opening Announcement Dec 17th, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. –  The Obstetrics & Gynecology division of Physicians’ Primary Care will become Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida Jan. 1, 2019. The 12 board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists and two certified nurse midwives of Premier Women’s Care will continue to provide state-of-the-art, expert medical care at the same three locations...

Should You Consider a VBAC? Nov 8th, 2018

Just because you had a Cesarean delivery with your first baby, doesn’t automatically mean you can’t deliver vaginally with your next. To explore whether a VBAC is the best option for you, the expert team at Premier Women's Care of South Florida explain the medical considerations that go into this...

What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer Prevention Oct 23rd, 2018

About one in eight women in the United States will get invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That's more than a 12 percent chance of having the disease. This information is disturbing for many women, especially for those who are at high risk. Many are glad to...

Our Best 10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms Sep 24th, 2018

Whether you’re pregnant and considering breastfeeding or you’re a new mom and need a little support with your decision to breastfeed, the providers here at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida put together this list of benefits and tips for breastfeeding to help you in your efforts to give your...