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Fullei Fresh of Miami, Florida is voluntarily recalling Organic Bean Sprouts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause fever, stomach upset, and other symptoms. People can get it from eating certain foods. Listeria can be mild or severe. It is not usually serious in healthy people. But it can be more dangerous in pregnant women than in people who are not pregnant. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Pregnant woman can also pass Listeria to her unborn baby and cause serious illness.

Organic Bean Sprouts were shipped to Whole Foods Markets in Florida and Freedom Fresh (a Miami distributor) on February 18, 2019.

The product is packaged as 4 oz. in plastic clam-shells. It has a lot code 041 and a sell by date of February 28, 2019. This information is printed in black ink on the package label.

The UPC code is 017442052108.

To date, Fullei Fresh has not been informed of any illnesses associated with this recall.

This recall was voluntarily issued after the Florida Department of Agriculture pulled a sample from a store shelf. Fullei Fresh is carrying out this recall with the knowledge of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Consumers can use the following information to determine if they have the recalled product. Anyone who has the recalled product should not consume it and destroy it.

Consumers with questions may call (305) 758-3880 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST.

The post Fullei Fresh Recalls Organic Bean Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk appeared first on Gynecologist Boca Raton Blog | Women's Health Partners, FL.

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The signs of fibroids can be so sneaky that many women have no idea they are there. In fact, according to the NIH or National Institutes of Health, up to 80% of women have fibroids by age 50 and many don’t realize it.

They can be the size of a pea or as large as a small watermelon, so obviously size is a significant factor. There are 8 sneaky signs of fibroids that you you should know, and any combination should be cause for concern.

Heavy or Inconsistent Bleeding

Most women have a consistent pattern of bleeding during their menstruation that will typically make their period lasts 3 – 4 days.  With fibroids, this bleeding can become much heavier and last significantly longer. This is especially true if the fibroids are submucosal fibroids located inside the uterine cavity.

Even the smallest fibroid inside the cavity can result in extreme bleeding. Spotting and bleeding in between periods is another sneaky sign of fibroids.

Bloating

Any woman can have a weekend where they do a bit of binging, and suddenly they have a hard time fitting into their jeans. If that’s not the case, yet you feel and look bloated, it may be time to consult with Women’s Health Partners.

Abnormal bloating can lead to some serious issues, so it’s best not to ignore this symptom. When left undiagnosed and untreated, fibroids can become large enough to cause breathing difficulties or even kidney failure.

Pressure in the Pelvic Area

This symptom is hard to describe, but it feels like something is pushing down on your pelvis. The area may also feel full, or generally painful.

This is one of the most common sneaky symptoms of uterine fibroids.

Frequent Urination

This symptom can be caused by many issues, so it is especially sneaky. You may also simply feel an urge to urinate often, regardless of whether or not you are able to actually urinate.

The uterus is located next to the bladder, so if the fibroid is located on the left side near the bladder then it could be causing the pressure and the urge to frequently urinate.

Inability to Urinate or Have Regular Bowel Movements

Again, the location of your fibroid(s) can determine the symptoms. In this case, if the fibroid is located at the back of the uterine wall it could very well be pushing on the rectum, which would usually lead to difficulty with bowel movements. It is normal to occasionally be constipated, but if it lasts more than a few days, consult with Women’s Health Partners.

Pain During Intercourse

Pain while having sexual intercourse can be caused by several other issues, for instance: vaginal dryness. Another cause can be a fibroid near the vagina which bulges into the vaginal wall. Pain with intercourse is never a normal symptom, so please don’t ignore it!

Fatigue

Fatigue is especially easy to miss as a symptom of fibroids because it’s not caused by overwork or a lack of sufficient sleep at night, but is mainly due to the loss of blood from heavy periods. This blood loss leads to anemia and an iron deficiency from the lack of red blood cells. Dizziness, shortness of breath, abnormal heartbeat, and lightheadedness are all related to anemia and fatigue.

Pain in the Back, Legs, and Pelvis

This type of pain is less common with fibroids, but it can occur. The location and size of the fibroid determines how much pain is felt, and where it radiates from. If the fibroid is located within the uterus, there may be pelvic pain, whereas if it is located near the back then pain can stem from the lower back and down the legs.

If you have any combination of these 8 sneaky symptoms of fibroids, don’t wait to see Women’s Health Partners, schedule an appointment today at (561) 368-3775!

The post 8 Sneaky Signs of Fibroids That You Should Know appeared first on Gynecologist Boca Raton Blog | Women's Health Partners, FL.

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If you’re on the path to delivering your child, chances are you’re actively discussing whether or not to have a vaginal or cesarian delivery. For some, the choice is simple. However, if you’re one of the nearly 30 percent of women that experience fibroids by age 35, your decision becomes a bit more difficult. Fibroids may lead to complications with a vaginal delivery, often forcing women to have a c-section, but why is that exactly?

Size and Location of Fibroids Play a Crucial Role

As your body prepares to give birth, the baby, in essence, uses an escape route to greet you. Depending on the location of the fibroids, there is a high chance that they can block the baby’s route from your abdomen and through your vagina for delivery. In addition, the afterbirth, or placenta, can also be directly impacted by the fibroids’ placement, requiring a c-section. If your fibroids are located lower in the uterus, as opposed to other locations, the chance for a c-section is dramatically raised. 

Fibroid Removal May Also Lead to C-Section

If you’ve experienced a fibroid removal procedure, such as a myomectomy, your chances of having a c-section are often much higher. During the removal procedure, the surgeon may have had to cut deep into the uterine wall. If that’s the case, a vaginal birth could lead to serious complications such as uterine rupture. For this reason, it’s often recommended to have a c-section to prevent any sort of health issue. 

Additional Fibroid Problems During Pregnancy

Although fibroids may cause some issues during delivery, it’s important to note that you should be actively monitoring your baby’s health throughout the entire duration of your pregnancy. As with the delivery, the location of a fibroid can cause issues with the supply of blood to your baby. If the fibroid is too close to the placenta, the baby may not be receiving enough blood, potentially resulting in a low birth weight or difficulty breathing among other things. 

Consult with Women’s Health Partners, LLC About Fibroids During Pregnancy

Although c-sections may be recommended for some women, it’s not necessarily the standard for women with fibroids. In fact, natural birth may be a safer route for some. If you are pregnant and dealing with fibroids, contact Women’s Health Partners at (561) 368-3775 today to set up an appointment and learn about the safest solution for you and your baby. 

Sources: 

Do Uterine Fibroids Increase the Risk of Cesarean Birth?

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Our offices will be closed Tuesday, December 25th as well as Tuesday, January 1st. We want to wish all our patients and staff a very merry holiday season!

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A few of our spook-tacular staff members would like to wish you all a very Happy Halloween!

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Uterine fibroids are an extremely common type of benign tumor that many women don’t even notice are there. Typically, these tumors do not cause any problematic symptoms such as pain or heavy menstrual flow, which is exactly why so many women are unaware of their own uterine fibroids.

Fibroids During Menopause

During menopause, the body’s sudden lack of reproductive hormones often causes these fibroids to shrink and prevent new fibroids from forming, but this is not always the case. Menopause is not a guaranteed cure for fibroids, which means that you may continue to experience uterine fibroid symptoms during and after menopause.

Who is the Most Likely to Get Fibroids?

There are a few conditions and unique demographics that can contribute to your risk of developing uterine fibroids such as:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Obesity
  • Low vitamin D levels
  • A family history of uterine fibroids
  • An extended period of extreme stress
  • Unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy
  • African-American ethnicity
  • Being 40+ years of age
Treating Uterine Fibroids After Menopause

There are several treatment options available for women with uterine fibroids, including:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
  • Myomectomy
  • Hysterectomy

Many of these treatments are the same for all women with uterine fibroids, regardless of age, but your transition into menopause may increase your likelihood of choosing a more permanent surgical option like a hysterectomy since your childbearing years have come to an end. Younger women that still plan to have children typically prefer to take oral contraceptives or undergo a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

It is important to discuss all of these treatment options with your gynecologist, as they will be able to help you reach a decision that is best for you and your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment with a gynecologist of Women’s Health Partners, please contact our Boca Raton office today at (561) 368-3775, or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-5710.

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Enter our raffle by sharing about your experience with one of our incredible midwives!

Please submit your story on our Midwive’s Facebook page to be eligible for the gift card. To visit their Facebook page, click here.

Our midwives are thrilled to be part of such an incredible process in the lives of our patients, and we hope you will help us to celebrate them and all that they do over the next week!

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We strongly recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated for seasonal flu. 

Please call our office to schedule your Flu shot, if you have not received it yet.

Influenza is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women have a higher risk for serious complications from influenza than non-pregnant women.

The Influenza vaccine will protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and protect the baby after birth. The risk for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby of getting sick with the flu is far greater than being vaccinated. If you did not get the Influenza vaccine during your pregnancy, you should still get vaccine even if you are breast feeding. This will help prevent you and your baby from getting the flu.

There are some people who should not get any flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:  

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group).
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated).

Here are some useful Links:

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

Center for Disease Control (Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine)

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Have you ever had a great time with friends laughing out loud, but found yourself uncontrollably leaking urine?  You might have even thought “I’m too young for this to be happening.”

The truth is urinary incontinence is not just for older women. It can happen to women of all ages during exercise or while laughing, sneezing and coughing. This particular type of incontinence is known as stress urinary incontinence and it is quite prevalent.

An Embarrassing Problem

A lot of women don’t want to talk about incontinence, so it can be left untreated. Loss of bladder control can range from minor and occasional leaks – to sudden urges that require literally running to the bathroom.

Not only is this problem not just for older women, but it is also not inevitable as we age. If you have reached the point where locating the bathrooms is the first thing you do, it may be time to investigate some ways to gain control.

Non-Invasive Solutions For Incontinence

Simple fluid and dietary management is a way to start. Cut back on alcohol and coffee with caffeine along with acidic drinks. Try to lose weight, and engage in more physical activity. In addition, attempt to eat more fiber and don’t smoke.

Learn how to do pelvic floor exercises. Also known as Kegel exercises, they are especially beneficial for stress incontinence issues. Start by pretending to stop a urine flow. Tighten the muscles to stop the flow and hold for 5 seconds, then relax for 5 seconds. Work up to tightening and holding for 10 seconds, and relaxing 10 seconds. The goal is 3 sets of 10 repetitions a day. A physical therapist may be helpful with this strategy.

Training your bladder is another helpful tool. Try delaying going to the bathroom for 10 minutes after the first urge. Work in increments to lengthen the time with the goal of only urinating every 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Double voiding is another technique. After urinating wait a few minutes and try to go again to totally empty your bladder

Prescription medications for both men and women are available.

Solutions For Urinary Incontinence in Boca Raton, FL

In most cases, your OBGYN will recommend many of the above remedies first. If these techniques are not totally effective they may suggest the following:

  • A tampon to suppress and close up the urethra especially while exercising.
  • A vaginal insert
  • A pessary fitting similar to a vaginal insert but is reusable up to 3 months.
  • An in office procedure called urethral bulking with an injection of material closes off the urethra and ultimately decreases the amount of urine leakage.

There are also surgical options for urinary incontinence. One such option is the insertion of a polypropylene sling or one made of the patient’s abdomen or leg. Another procedure entails stitches to support the urethra via an incision into the abdomen.

Depending on the severity of incontinence, patients can choose from multiple alternatives to find the best solution for the problem of urinary incontinence.

Speak up to your OBGYN about your incontinence problems and discover the right option for you. To schedule an appointment with a urinary incontinence specialist from Women’s Health Partners, please contact one of our offices in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach.

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