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University Health Park Bldg 1 2401
University Pkwy Ste.201
Sarasota, Fl 34243
411 Commercial Court, Suite F
Venice, FL 34292
Call Today! 941-359-8300

University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology Blog

Why is Sex Painful?

Do you find sex more painful than pleasurable? 

If so, you aren’t alone. One survey from 2009 found that 30% of women in the United States reported pain during intercourse. However, just because it’s a common thing, it doesn’t mean that you should just grin and bear it. There are many causes of painful intercourse for women, and some of them may even require medical treatment. That’s why our OBGYN in Bradenton has come up with the following list of the most common causes of painful sex:

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Can Exercise (or a Lack of Exercise) Affect Fertility?

excercising momsWe all know that exercise is a part of healthy lifestyle, but will too much or too little exercise affect your ability to conceive?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no because there are many factors that you will need to consider. Your weight and your current fitness level are two of the main things to consider when it comes to whether or not exercise (or a lack of exercise) will affect your ability to get pregnant. For instance, carrying around too much weight can hinder your ability to ovulate, but too much exercise can also affect ovulation.

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Best Apps for Your Pregnancy Part 2

Pregnant women tend to have a lot on their minds.

Whether you are trying to keep track of all of your appointments, the food you should and shouldn’t be eating or all of those prenatal vitamins, it can all be pretty overwhelming. The good news is that there are many helpful apps out there that can make it a bit easier. In our last post, our nurse midwife in Bradenton went over a few of the best apps for pregnancy. Keep reading to learn about more incredible pregnancy apps:

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Best Apps for Your Pregnancy

There’s a lot to keep track of during pregnancy. 

Between the appointments with your OBGYN, childbirth classes, getting all of your prenatal vitamins, exercising and eating healthy, you probably have a few things on your mind. Luckily, there’s an app for that! There are many incredible pregnancy apps out there that can keep you healthy and on track. The following is a list from our certified midwife in Sarasota of the best pregnancy apps available today:

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Common Causes for Low Libido in Women Part 2

Are you sick of living with a low libido?

Low sex drive is something that many women suffer from, but the good news is that you don’t have to simply live with it. There are many things that you can do to combat a low libido, but before you can treat it,  you first have to understand what is causing it. In our last blog, our OBGYN in Venice went over a couple of the common causes for low libido and how to deal with them. Keep reading to learn more:

#3. Medical Issues

There are many medical issues that could cause your libido to take a dive, including depression, fibroids, thyroid disorders, low testosterone and endometriosis. If you think that a medical issue is what is causing your low sex drive, then you should contact your doctor as soon as you can. Many medical conditions that lead to low sex drive can be treated.

#4. Medications

There are certain medications that could lower your libido, including antidepressants, drugs that lower blood pressure and oral contraceptives. Ask your doctor about switching to a different medication or lowering your dose. 

#5. Negative Self Image

If you have a negative image of yourself, it’s not easy to feel sexy or attractive. Take some time to take care of yourself, whether that means making time to go to the gym a few days a week, eating healthy homemade meals or reinvigorating yourself with a facial or a massage. Taking the time to care for yourself can help you to feel invigorated and boost your confidence. 

Do you have any questions or concerns about low libido? If so, please contact us! We are always happy to help.

Common Causes for Low Libido in Women

Many women of all ages suffer from low libidos. 

Have you had a chance to read our last blog yet? If you have, then you already know that low sex drive is all too common in women, and you also know exactly what a low sex drive is. Too many people think that low sex drive only has to do with the frequency of intercourse, but how much sex you have actually has nothing to do with it. Low sex drive is all about your satisfaction and desire. Today, our OBGYN in Bradenton is going to be talking about a couple of common causes for low libido in women and how to deal with them

#1. Relationship Issues

If you and your partner aren’t getting along or you aren’t compatible in bed, it can cause a major decrease in your sexual desire. If relationship issues are the culprit for you, try relationship counseling or sex therapy. Sexual dysfunction isn’t just an issue that you are dealing with alone, it is an issue that your partner has to deal with as well, and sex therapy or relationship counseling can give you a safe outlet to express yourself and your needs.

#2. Stress

Stress is one of the most common causes for low libido. It’s not easy to get in the mood when you are thinking about work or your to-do list. Take steps to cope with your stress, like meditating, practicing yoga, taking some time for yourself and reaching out to your close friends and family for support.

Would you like to learn about more of the common causes for low libido in women? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.

What Does it Mean to Have a Low Sex Drive

low sex drive in womenMany women struggle with a reduced libido. 

Are you experiencing low libido? If so, know that you are not alone. One recent study found that nearly a third of women between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine have a lowered interest in sex. Low libido is an incredibly common problem for women to have, and it is one that many patients are concerned with when they visit our Sarasota obstetrics and gynecology clinic. Before we can move forward with treating your low libido, you first need to understand what exactly low libido is and what is causing it.

What exactly does it mean to have a low sex drive? 

Most people think that sex drive is all about how often you have sex and it doesn’t have anything to do with satisfaction or desire, but actually the opposite is true. When it comes to how often you have intercourse with your partner, there is no magic number that makes you normal or abnormal. Whether you have intercourse three times a week or once a month, as long as both partners are happy, there isn’t a problem. It is also important to note that your sex drive can decline as you age, and that is also normal. However, if you used to be interested in sex and now you suddenly aren’t, then there is probably an issue.

Now that you understand exactly what low sex drive is, it is time to learn about some of the common causes for low sex drive in women and how we can address them. Please stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.

The Advantages of Breastfeeding Part 2

mom breastfeeding infantShould you breastfeed your baby?

When it comes to breastfeeding, there is no shortage of opinions. It seems like everyone has an opinion about whether or not you should breastfeed your baby, but it is a decision that every mother has to make on their own. However, before you decide, you have to know all of the facts! That’s why our last blog was all about the advantages of breastfeeding. Keep reading to learn about more of the benefits that come from breastfeeding:

#4. Save Money

It’s no secret that kids are expensive, but you’ll be glad to know that feeding your newborn doesn’t have to be expensive! Breastfeeding requires no fancy formulas, and it’ll save you from having to sterilize nipples, measure out the formula or warm the bottles, which will save you both money and time. Not only will breastfeeding save you money now, but babies who were breastfed are much less likely to need excessive medical treatment while they grow.

#5. Lose Pregnancy Weight Quickly

Breastfeeding can help you lose weight more quickly after you’ve had your baby because it can burn between 300-500 calories every day. In fact, a portion of the weight that you gained during pregnancy is actually a source of energy for lactation! In addition to losing weight, breastfeeding helps you get your old body back in other ways as well, one of which is due to the release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus to shrink back to its normal size.

Would you like to learn more about breastfeeding? Get the information you need by contacting our nurse midwife in Bradenton.

The Advantages of Breastfeeding

The decision of whether to breastfeed or not is a very personal one. 

Whether you’re about to have your first baby or your fifth, it seems like everyone has an opinion on whether you should breastfeed or not. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics both encourage breastfeeding, but the decision is ultimately up to you. Regardless of the choice you make, it is important to know about the advantages of breastfeeding for you and your baby. The following is a list from our certified midwife in Sarasota of the advantages of breastfeeding:

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Are You at Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

September isn’t just the first month of fall, it’s also National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!

Ovarian cancer accounts for 15,000 deaths every year, and an estimated 1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As with many types of cancer, early detection is key for successful treatment. In fact, if it is caught within the first year, the survival rate is over 90%. Most women only see their OBGYN in Venice on an annual basis, so it is important to know what the symptoms of ovarian cancer are and if you are at risk.

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