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Stress Urinary Incontinence: it’s Worth some Discussion.

UTIStress urinary incontinence is a condition that millions of women in our country are affected by. The impact of this condition is not just physical; it affects one’s emotional well-being as well. The accidental leaking of urine that is described as incontinence may occur for several reasons. Most often, it is related to childbirth and natural biological changes.

While the number of patients with stress urinary incontinence may be in the millions that does not indicate that this condition should be perceived as normal in any way. You should not have to accept the discomfort that occurs when you cough, sneeze, run, or laugh! At FamWell MD, we do our best to provide services for the various concerns you may face, and we are here to give you a safe and comfortable place in which you can discuss stress urinary incontinence. More than that, we support you in finding the lifestyle and medical treatments that will help you regain confidence to go about your daily life without fear.

What is incontinence?

There are a number of different ways in which incontinence may present. Stress urinary incontinence, a prevalent type, involves urine leakage in moment of physical exertion. Under certain circumstances, the sphincter muscle that controls urine flow cannot resist pressure. This is because the muscle has become weak.

We understand why many women simply suffer through their bladder control problems. This can seem like an embarrassing problem. Know that you are not alone. When you consult with an experienced medical team, you may find answers that will lead you into a better quality of life faster than you ever imagined.

During a consultation for stress urinary incontinence, you can learn about the various factors that may be affecting your body, and what you can do about them. For instance, there may be food sources that are triggering your condition, or making it worse. There may also be exercises, such as Kegels, that you can do to strengthen the muscle around the bladder. Medical care is also available, and it gets results.

In our Jacksonville offices, patients may discover the benefits of the latest laser therapies, such as THERMIva, CO2RE Intima Laser by Candela Syneron, and IntimaLase/IncontiLase By Fotona. Each of these treatments can help improve bladder control, and each also has additional advantages. Call 904-207-6094 to learn more.

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It’s Summer, do you Know what your Sunscreen is up to?

skin careAs we prepare to send our children, our families, and ourselves, out into the summer sun, our thoughts maybe turned toward protection from unseen dangers. The major danger that we must consider, especially during the summertime, is UV exposure. In the past two decades alone, the detrimental effects of UV exposure have been confirmed in numerous studies. To protect ourselves from sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer, we are advised to apply sunscreen every day. But we don’t what we don’t know. As it pertains to sunscreen, it means that we may not really know the factors that protect us.

A Closer Look at Sunscreen

Just 20 years ago, being outdoors and being sunburned pretty much went hand-in-hand. Today there is much greater awareness about the damage of UV exposure. The way most people choose their sunscreen is by looking at the SPF. SPF stands for sun protection factor. It does not however, stand for overall strength.

SPF indicates the amount of time you can stay in the sun without burning. For instance, A sunscreen with SPF 30 would presumably allow you to stay in the sun approximately 300 minutes without getting a sunburn if normally you would burn in 10 minutes. An important note about SPF is that this measurement only applies to the UVB rays that cause sunburn. This is not the only factor that needs consideration.

The Danger of UVA Radiation

Clearly, there is benefit to avoiding sunburn. However UVA light can do a lot more damage, and the effects of this exposure may not be seen for many years. UVA radiation is a factor in the development of the signs of aging as well as the different types of skin cancer. So, when choosing sunscreen, Look beyond SPF and make sure to adequately protect your skin with a broad spectrum product.

Usage Matters, too!

The sunscreen you choose is just one of several puzzle pieces that protect your skin. Application is also important. Studies show that most people do not apply the adequate amount of sunscreen when spending the day outdoors. Approximately 2 tablespoons of sunscreen is necessary to cover exposed skin. The face alone needs a drop about the size of a nickel. Also, it is necessary to reapply sunscreen as needed based on your activity, the SPF measurement, and on the time you’ll be out in the sun. Experts recommend re-application about every two hours. Additional measures such as avoiding direct sunlight or wearing protective clothing are also advisable.

If you have questions about assessing and addressing the signs of damage, we can help. Contact us for your skin evaluation and treatment.

There is no Better Time to Manage your Aging Process than Now

Wrinkles TreatmentAging is something that happens to all of us. The difference between you and the people you may secretly – or not so secretly – admire is how the effects of aging are managed.

Women, in particular, tend to at some point feel quite alarmed at the sight of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, droopiness, and fragility on their forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw line, and neck. Understandably, that brow furrow or those sagging jowls can cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance. Understandably, you want to do something about these concerns. The good news is that you have numerous options for facial rejuvenation without having to consider surgery.

Botox

Botox is one of the first injectible wrinkle-reducers to gain FDA approval. Its use spans decades across the U.S. and Europe, and millions of happy patients. This product is used extensively for facial rejuvenation, including a reduction of crow’s feet and lines around the eyes, furrowed brows, forehead lines, and even a down-turned mouth. With just a few gentle injections, the muscle contraction that causes persistent wrinkling is weakened, letting you look as young as you feel.

Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers often go hand in hand. This is because they accomplish different goals. Dermal fillers are most commonly used on the cheeks and around the nose and mouth. They can also be used around the eyes. Their role in facial rejuvenation is to restore volume with naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid. With expert injection, you can erase concerns such as under eye bags, nasolabial folds, fat cheeks, a sagging jaw line, and deflated lips.

Laser Treatments

Lasers have made great strides in recent years. Today, we use lasers for everything from hair removal to tattoo removal to skin rejuvenation. The effect that lasers have on the skin leads to positive changes, such as a gradual reduction in sun spots and pigmented lesions. Our Fotona 4D laser has also been approved for wrinkle-reduction and the restoration of volume beneath the skin.

FamWell has you covered as you make your way through the aging process. Whether you are interested in skin rejuvenation or the restoration of your vitality with hormone optimization, we can help. Schedule your visit at 904-207-6094.

 

Testosterone, it’s not only for Men!

hormone therapyTestosterone is an important sex hormone that is most often considered a “man thing.” Men may require higher levels of this hormone, but testosterone benefits women in a number of ways, as well. These include:

  1. Muscle and bone mass in the female body are each supported by testosterone. Therefore, a woman with optimal hormonal balance may be better protected from conditions such as osteoporosis and fractures as a result of falling. When bones are strong, they can endure the rigors of daily activity. When muscles are toned, they can support movement, which decreases the risk of falling.
  2. Women whose testosterone levels are low tend to report feeling more fatigue and less desire for sexual stimulation. After optimizing hormone levels, many women feel more energetic – in and out of the bedroom. In one study conducted in the 1990s, women who supplemented with testosterone and estrogen, as opposed to estrogen alone, experienced heightened libido.
  3. Cardiovascular disease has been identified as a leading cause of death in post-menopausal women. In a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, research suggests that testosterone deficiency is a major risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. This stems from the increased instance of disease in study participants who had had hysterectomies and were not treated with testosterone.
  4. Testosterone surging through the male body is a primary reason for the assertiveness of most men. Likewise, some studies have shown that women treated with testosterone also experience an increase in assertiveness.
  5. Hormonal balance is an essential component to restful sleep. Many women approaching or past menopause complain of fatigue that stems from poor sleep. When hormones are optimized in an individual manner, sleep can be restored.
  6. Testosterone is used by the body to regulate a number of systems, including those that control mood. Low testosterone has been identified as a factor in problems such as depression, mood swings, and anxiety.

Like estrogen, testosterone and other hormones work together to promote optimal vitality and health in men and women. Due to the historical views of estrogen, many women have been treated only with this hormone, rather than a precise combination of all that are necessary for optimization.