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  • Telemedicine

    To our patients: We are open and seeing patients in the office and virtually by telemedicine video and audio. Per the CDC recommendations, we are remaining open to address our patients’ urgent needs and to continue providing important care to our pregnant patients. In order to ensure the highest level of safety for our patients and staff, we are changing the way we see patients. Our Herrin office will be closed to patient care for the near future. We will see patients in our Carbondale office at well-spaced intervals to mitigate contact and allow social distancing in the waiting room and office. Please feel free to call the office when
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  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Video Credit: NYULangone Medical Center Colon cancer and rectal cancer can be prevented. Through screening, a normal (benign) polyp called an adenoma can be removed before it becomes cancerous. Screening can also detect colorectal cancer early — when it is most curable. All adults (men AND women) over the age of 50 are at risk for colorectal cancer and should be screened for adenomatous polyps and cancer. Some with higher risk should work with a doctor to develop an individualized screening plan. What are your screening options? (click image to enlarge)               Video Credit: Paul J. Linmburg, M.D. When & how should I be screened Read More
  • Could I Be Suffering From Postpartum Depression?

    I love my baby. So why do I feel so blue? You've just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone's ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel so low? You're not alone. Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody. Read More
  • Perimenopause - What the Heck is Happening to My Body?

    Perimenopause is the time leading up to your final menstrual period and can last up to several years. During this time,menstrual cycles may be heavier or lighter than usual, and may come at shorter or longer intervals. Behind the scenes, your hormone levels are all over the place. They can swing dramatically and shoot higher (and dip lower) than they did during your reproductive years. These swings can explain some of the bothersome symptoms that women experience, including mood swings, heightened anxiety, irritability, trouble concentrating, “brain fog” and difficulty sleeping, as well as the more familiar symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. If you’ve noticed changes in your waistline, Read More
  • LOVE IS IN THE AIR - Valentine's Day Promo

    How would you describe the perfect Valentine's Day? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to relive those memories. Enter and Refer Friends for an Extra Chance to Win!     Read More
  • The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

    In addition to pregnancy massage, we offer classic, deep tissue and hot lava stone. Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy. Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. It is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. Massage And Pregnancy Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, Read More
  • Why Can't I Get Pregnant?

    Question: Why Can't I Get Pregnant if I Have Regular Periods and Live a Healthy Lifestyle? A reader asks, "Why can't I get pregnant? I have regular periods, my husband and I have sex at the right time every month. We are healthy, and we eat right. We're not overweight. Why am I having trouble getting pregnant?" Answer: When you can't get pregnant, and things look good from the outside, it can be extremely frustrating. The first thing to consider is how long have you been trying. About 80{1bdcf4295a84c1ed5359343b3cd19b497d4f21a197b56d809641a191f3f0a5b4} of couples will get pregnant after six months of trying, and about 90{1bdcf4295a84c1ed5359343b3cd19b497d4f21a197b56d809641a191f3f0a5b4} will be pregnant after 12 months of trying Read More
  • The Honest Truth About Weight Loss For Women

    Can weight loss be fun, pleasurable, natural and even easy? Yes. BUT, before you can expect to be able to solve your weight problem, there are several pre requisites that must be met. 1) Get honest about yourself and weight control. Accept the truth about yourself and weight control. To succeed with weight loss, first we must accept that we have been eating too much -- and that to lose weight and keep it off, we'll have to learn how to eat less for the rest of our lives. We need to accept the science of thermodynamics that defines weight gain, loss and control in calories. In order to solve our Read More
  • The First Gift - Cord Blood

      As a mother-to-be, you can decide that your baby’s first act may be saving another person’s life. You can do this by choosing to donate your baby’s umbilical cord blood to the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank’s First Gift℠ Donation Program. The process is safe, painless, easy and FREE. Your physician or midwife collects the cord blood after your baby has delivered, so it does not interfere with the birthing process. The collection will not take place if there is a concern for your safety or that of your baby. Your free donation will be part of a program that is saving lies and supporting research to discover new Read More
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's: Menstrual cycle Ability to have children Hormones Heart Blood vessels Appearance With PCOS, women typically have: High levels of androgens. These are sometimes called male hormones, though females also make them. Missed or irregular periods (monthly bleeding) Many small cysts in their ovaries How many women have PCOS? Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS. As many as 5 million women in the United States may be affected. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. What causes PCOS? The cause Read More
  • Pelvic Prolapse and Incontinence

    Written by: Dr. Francis Tsung 10/13/2014 Many women develop urinary leakage and pelvic prolapse symptoms as they get older. However for many of you, this is something you suffer with in silence assuming it is just a normal part of the aging process. As some of you may know, this isn’t a problem only of older women. Many things can make you more prone to having these problems including childbirth, particularly if your labor was long and difficult or if your child was very large. Other factors include repetitive heavy lifting, smoking, and a family history of similar problems. Urinary leakage can occur when you cough, laugh, lift or sneeze Read More
  • Find the Best Gyno for You with Tips to Your Best Gyno Visit Ever

    Your women’s health specialist plays a big role in health and wellness. Pick a good one. What’s more intimate than a gynecologist’s exam room? The teeny tiny things that can make you tense – palm-sized speculums, six-word questions about your sexual activity – these are the very tools used to define huge aspects of your health and wellness. Your gynecologist, OB-GYN or women’s health specialist screens you for diseases, helps you plan a family – whether that means assisting with or preventing pregnancies – troubleshoots below-the-belt problems and more. And whatever the reason for the visit, at the end of the day, there’s a good chance this person will throw on gloves, spread your Read More
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