OB/GYN Information Center

A free educational resource for healthy women provided by the compassionate obstetricians, gynecologists and well woman care providers at All About Women of Gainesville, FL.

Girls, we run the world. But, our bodies run us. That's why your health is so important and why regularly visiting an OB/GYN is highly recommended to women of all ages.

In the free resources below, we invite you to explore and learn more about the issues that a woman faces throughout her life such as pregnancy, birth control, menopause, conditions and general health. It's important to note that the resources housed here are not meant to replace expert medical care. They are, however, created to help you to gain a better understanding of your health and your body, as well as make sure you get the most out of your visits with us or any OB/GYN specialist.


Getting Pregnant

Natural Family Planning: What Is It and Does It Work?
Natural birth control, conception and fertility awareness techniques explained. Does NFP work for effective birth control?

Think You're Pregnant? 6 Early Signs of Pregnancy
OB/GYNs and midwives of Gainesville's All About Women discuss telltale signs of pregnancy.

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
The OB-GYNs at Gainesville and Lake City's All About Women discuss the dangers of hypertension in pregnancy.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome– The Most Common Cause of Infertility
Physicians at Gainesville's All About Women discuss Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), the most common cause of infertility in women, it's symptoms and treatment...

Creative Pregnancy Announcement
Funny, cute, and creative pregnancy announcements from moms and dad around the world. Adorable ideas to tell your loved ones that you're pregnant!

Pre-Pregnancy Checkups: 8 Considerations to Discuss with your Doctor
While pregnant, your body will go through one of the most taxing of physical processes. Making sure that you're physically ready before conception is an important step in ensuring that you have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Infertility - Part I: Introduction, Definition, and Causes
In this three-part article series, the physicians at All About Women discuss the complexity of infertility, from its diagnosis to its treatment. When am I considered infertile? What causes infertility?

Infertility - Part II: How It's Identified
In part two in our series on infertility, the physicians at Gainesville's All About Women explain the causes of infertility and how they're identified. What is an Infertility Evaluation?

Infertility - Part III: Treating Infertility
In this third installment on infertility, physicians at All About Women overview the many available infertility treatments including ovulation induction, surgical treatment, assisted reproductive technologies, and intrauterine insemination.


During Pregnancy

NEW Pregnancy, Your Immune System and Getting Sick
During pregnancy, your immune system can undergo a few problems. Here are some immunity issues you may have while pregnant.

Easing Labor Pains
The labor and delivery team at North Florida's All About Women discuss pain management techniques all expecting moms should know.

Exercise and Pregnancy – Go, Baby, Go!
Top pregnancy care obstetricians in North Florida discuss what women can safely do to remain fit and healthy throughout pregnancy.

What to Expect During Each Trimester of Pregnancy
The journey of pregnancy can be the most exciting, thrilling time of a woman's life. Waiting as your bundle of joy grows inside of you is a feeling that can't be compared to anything else.

6 Signs of Premature Labor
All About Women's Gainesville maternity team help women in North Florida spot and prevent preterm birth.

Understanding Due Dates and Pregnancy Length
The maternity team at Gainesville's All About Women discuss due dates and how long you can really expect to be pregnant.

Fruits for Pregnant Women
What fruits should pregnant women eat? Gainesville, All About Women physicians discuss which fruits to eat during your pregnancy, and which fruits to avoid.

5 Body Changes During Pregnancy—Besides Your Growing Belly
The pregnancy physicians and midwives at Gainesville's All About Women share some amazing ways your body adapts to pregnancy.

10 Things to Avoid During Pregnancy
The Gainesville maternity team at All About Women suggest staying away from these foods and bad habits throughout your term.

What to Eat (...and Not to Eat) When Pregnant
The doctors and midwives at northern Florida's All About Women discuss safe and healthy eating during pregnancy.

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Gainesville, FL board-certified obstetricians at All About Women discuss weight gain during pregnancy, and how it can and should happen in a healthy way. Normal pregnancy weight gain...

Epidurals, Etc.: Understanding the Role of Pain Medication in Labor
The expert OB/GYNs and midwives at Gainesville's All About Women discuss the available approaches to pain relief during labor.

Gestational Diabetes Overview
Find out what risk factors may make you more likely to develop gestational diabetes, how to recognize the symptoms, and how doctors treat it.

Understanding and Identifying Braxton Hicks Contractions
What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like? Are they painful? When do they start? Find out the difference between Braxton Hicks vs. real contractions.

Understanding Miscarriage
The pregnancy physicians and Gainesville's All About Women are here to help you through the painful course of miscarriage with both competent medical care and compassion.


After Delivery

NEW How and Why a Simple Breastfeeding Log Can Help You
When you have a newborn, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. One of the ways you can help take the pressure off your memory is to record your baby's feeding times and length on each side in a breastfeeding log.

NEW What to Expect After a Cesarean
C-Section: Pregnancy doctors and surgeons at Gainesville's All About Women discuss what to expect following a C-Section. Tips on caring for yourself after having a cesarean section: post cesarean incision care and more...

Birth Control Options After Baby
Gainesville's maternity doctors at All About Women discuss birth control options after the birth of your baby.

Postpartum Anxiety: The One No One Talks About
Postpartum anxiety affects more women than postpartum depression, but it is often overlooked and under diagnosed.

Your Breastfeeding Nutrition Questions, Answered
The knowledgeable maternity team at All About Women answer your most pressing questions on what and how to eat while breastfeeding.

Bringing Baby Home: Tips for the Transition
The OB/GYNs and midwives at Gainesville's All About Women discuss little ways to help ease the big transition to motherhood.

10 Ways Your Body May Change Post Pregnancy
10 post pregnancy issues that many women may encounter, according to the pregnancy care providers at All About Women's health practice.

When Breast Isn't Best: Signs for When to Avoid Breastfeeding
Knowledgeable & compassionate pregnancy physicians at Gainesville's All About Women discuss which conditions limit breastfeeding, and which ones don't.

Breastfeeding 101
Gainesville-based pregnancy physicians and midwives help new mothers understand the breast-feeding basics.

Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference
The North Florida pregnancy physicians at Gainesville's All About Women discuss how to discern between the usual baby blues and the more serious postpartum depression.


General Women's Health

NEW What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?
What to expect before attending pelvic floor therapy for incontinence or endometriosis.

NEW Gynecology and Obstetrics Terminology
A glossary to help patients better communicate with their doctor.

Douching: Don't Do It
The expert OB/GYN physicians at Gainesville's All About Women discuss the myths and facts of douching.

Mental Health Through Menopause: Challenges and Solutions
The team of women's' health experts at Gainesville's All About Women discuss coping mechanisms for the mental and emotional challenges of menopause.

Performing a Breast Self-Exam
Gainesville's preventive care physicians at All About Women discuss the how to perform a breast self-exam.

Menstruation and Ovulation: A Step-by-Step Guide
Menstruation and ovulation are natural processes for every woman in her lifetime, but the inner workings of the female body can seem mysterious, especially when you first hit puberty.

Teens, 20s and Young Adulthood
Explore general health concerns young women must consider in order to establish a healthy foundation for the future.

30s and Motherhood
As you enter your 30s, life is probably much different than your teens and 20s. Learn why it's more vital than ever you begin taking your health seriously.

Your 40s, A Time of Change
Entering your 40s is a tremendous occasion, but also signifies a big transition in terms of your health.

Your 50s and New Beginnings
As you pass the big 5-0, remember that maintaining healthy habits can help you live a vibrant, satisfying life as you get closer to retirement age.

The Golden Years – 60 and Beyond!
Just because you are getting older and the bones may ache a little more than they used to, doesn't mean that you can't live an amazing, fulfilling and healthy life!

Why Exercising after Menopause is Important– and How You Should Do It
Gainesville OB/GYN physicians at All About Women discuss the importance of maintaining a post-menopause exercise routine.

Common Gynecological Surgery Procedures
The expert gynecological surgeons at All About Women share their most common surgery techniques: hysterectomy, laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

Addressing Painful Sex
The OB/GYNs at North Florida's All About Women discuss the common causes of painful intercourse and how to resolve them.

Learn About Pelvic Exams and Pap Smears
North Central Florida's top women's health experts discuss the procedure for the annual pelvic exam and occasional Pap smear.

Women and Smoking: Specific Risk Factors
For women, the risks may be greater and more specific. Women and smoking make up their own special category of health issues.

Recognizing the Signs of Menopause
You know that you can expect to experience menopause eventually, but you may not be quite certain how to recognize it when it does occur.

Really, What Is a Midwife?
Most people think a midwife simply delivers babies, but midwifery care is so much more than that.

Protecting your Pelvic Floor- Kegel Exercises
Gainesville gynecology specialists discuss the importance of a strong pelvic floor for all women.

The Importance of Well Woman Care
With all of the responsibilities women have to deal with in their daily lives, well woman care can fall by the wayside.


Conditions & Treatments

NEW Understanding the Endocervical Curettage Procedure
What is an endocervical curettage procedure? Why is this procedure done and why is it needed? Learn what to expect, how to prepare, and what recovery looks like.

NEW Destruction/Excision of Vaginal & Cervix Lesions
What are vaginal/cervix lesions? What’s the difference between destruction vs. excision to remove lesions? Why is this procedure done and why is it needed?

NEW A Patient’s Guide to Endometrial Biopsy
What an endometrial biopsy is, why it’s done, what conditions it helps treat, what happens during the procedure and why you should see a specialist.

NEW Overview of Rh Incompatibility Screening
The compassionate OB/GYN doctors at All About Women in Gainesville, Florida explain what Rh incompatibility is, what causes it, and our state-of-the-art screening options.

Hysteroscopy: The Basics
Who needs a hysteroscopy and why? Hysteroscopy uses a hysteroscope to look into your vagina and cervix...

What is a Colposcopy?
What a colposcopy is, why it’s done, which conditions it helps treat, what happens during the procedure, what the side effects are, and why see a specialist.

What is an Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage Procedure?
What is an abscess and what causes them? Why would you need an abscess draining procedure? Learn more about this procedure as well as side effects and recovery.

Guide to STD Testing, Screening & Counseling for Women
Which STD tests should you get and how often? Our North Florida gynecologists can screen for all types of STDs and STIs.

Polypectomy and the Resectr™ Treatment
Resectr™ treatment refers to a type of polypectomy, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure using an instrument obtained from Boston Scientific known as a Resectr™ tool.

An Overview of Urodynamics Testing
Urodynamics is a series of tests that doctors like urologists, gynecologists and urogynecologists order to see how well your lower urinary tract system is working.

Guide to the da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is a common surgery, and the da Vinci method is a minimally invasive option with faster recovery.

All About Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with a multitude of benefits, including quicker healing rates.

What is Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery?
Minimally invasive procedures with the use of things like robotics and a laparoscope have changed surgery, and today's gynecological procedures can be done more simply.

Identifying and Treatment of Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal atrophy is the term used to describe the thinning of vaginal tissue, which can lead to irritation and dryness of the vaginal walls.

Different Types of Hysterectomy Surgeries & Their Side Effects
A hysterectomy is a common surgery... but what do you actually know about the different types?

Causes of Vaginal Itching
What causes vaginal dryness? Experiencing uncomfortable vaginal itching and irritation? Common causes and treatments from your local OB/GYN.

Can My Gynecologist Screen Me For Ovarian Cancer?
All About Women's gynecologists discuss ways you and your gynecologist can work together to help prevent and detect ovarian cancer.

Natural Remedies for Period Symptoms
Learn several natural techniques to try if you are suffering from bloating, pain and other period systems...

Underlying Health Causes of Depression
Women are two times more likely to suffer from depression than men. Sometimes depression can be a side effect of another health factor.

Menopause Treatment Options: You Don't Have to Suffer Silently
Menopause symptoms affect every woman at some point in her life. The good news is many different menopause treatment options are available.

Mammograms: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
Once you hit 40, annual mammograms are not only beneficial, but highly recommended. Some possible risks are involved, but many more benefits.

What to Expect For Your First Mammogram
Compassionate Gainesville gynecologists at All About Women explain breast cancer screenings step-by-step so you know what to anticipate before your appointment.

Urinary Tract Infections
Gainesville gynecologists at All About Women discuss what to do if you think you have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

Understanding HPV - One of the Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infections
Gynecology physicians at Northern Florida's All About Women MD provide insight on the surprisingly common Human Papillomavirus.

Robotic Hysterectomy
All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology physicians in Gainesville & Lake City, FL offer da Vinci robotic surgery for hysterectomy, expanding the scope of minimally invasive surgery and shortens patient recovery time...

Silent STIs: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Lake City & Gainesville gynecologists at All About Women discuss 2 common & dangerous sexually transmitted infections (STIs): chlamydia & gonorrhea.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Causes and Treatment
Gainesville well woman care physicians at All About Women discuss the sometimes difficult to diagnose Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

Common Benign Breast Changes
Gainesville women's healthcare provider, All About Women OB/GYN: There are a number of non-cancerous conditions that can cause your breasts to change. Find out about breast changes that are commonly benign...

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a prominent part of many women's lives and they can be irritating, embarrassing and painful.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment
While discussions of broken hips and encouragement to consume more calcium may be ubiquitous to post-menopausal women though, osteoporosis is an important topic for every age group.

Beyond Birth Control: Other Benefits of Oral Contraceptives
Birth control pills work by adjusting women's hormone levels. Women have unique hormones, and when those hormones become imbalanced, they can cause unique illnesses.

What to Expect During and After a Hysterectomy
There are three different types of hysterectomies, which means both the procedure itself and the recovery process can vary depending on necessary procedure.


Contraception & Birth Control

Oral Contraception: The Birth Control Pill
The women's health professionals at Gainesville's All About Women answer common questions about birth control pills.

Birth Control Vaginal Ring: NuvaRing
The women's health team at Gainesville's All About Women discuss this low-dosing form of hormonal birth control.

The Birth Control Implant: Long Acting, Reversible Birth Control
The women's health specialists at Gainesville's All About Women discuss this low maintenance birth control option.

IUDs: Learn More about Advanced, Reversible Birth Control
IUDs are small (the size of a quarter or smaller) t-shaped devices that sit in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs currently available - hormonal and non-hormonal...

Choosing a Birth Control Method That's Right For You
The OB/GYN physicians at Northern Florida's All About Women overview birth control options available to women and how to choose one.

Permanent Birth Control: Tubal Sterilization
Expert physicians at Gainesville's All About Women discuss tubal sterilization, a permanent birth control option for women.


Menstruation & Abnormal Periods

NEW How to Prevent Heavy Periods
Medical care could ease symptoms for people who suffer from difficult menstruation cycles.

NEW Novasure® Surgery for Heavy Period Treatment
Do heavy periods affect your life? If you suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding and do not wish to have any children in the future, be sure to ask your doctor if NovaSure may be right for you.

Tracking Your Period and Why it's Important
Keeping track of your period is important for a number of reasons, primarily health-related. Thanks to menstrual cycle track apps, it's easier than ever.

Discover Compassionate Treatment for Abnormal Periods
Gainesville-based physicians provide women of north Florida the most technologically advanced, comprehensive gynecological care for abnormal periods

Periods: What's Normal?
What's a normal cycle length? When should I see my doctor? Read the answers to these and other common questions...

Understanding Heavy Periods So You Can Find Relief
The compassionate women's health providers at All About Women discuss when to seek treatment for heavy periods.

Endometriosis: An Overview
Gainesville and Lake City OB/GYNS of All About Women discuss the common occurrence of endometriosis, its causes, and treatment.


All About Women: We're Here For You

OB/GYN specialists at All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology in Gainesville and Lake City offer the most compassionate, comprehensive healthcare for women of all ages across North Florida. A big part of accomplishing this mission is to provide easy-to-understand resources you can use to make the best decisions possible for your health.

Check back with us often as we continue to build one of the most in-depth OB/GYN knowledge resources on the Internet. In the meantime, educate yourself further by following recent women's health news and information on our blog.

If you have a question not addressed here, or if you're searching for an OB/GYN provider in North Florida who will listen to your unique needs and provide personalized care, contact the Gainesville OB/GYN physicians at All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology today to schedule an appointment.