Why More Women Are Considering IUD's

Since the election of President Trump and Republican threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many women are concerned about what could happen to their access to reproductive services and the cost of their current birth control method.  This fear is leading some women to look for contraception options that are more effective and that could outlast the current administration. Over the past decade, gynecologists have been recommending Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) more and more to women to prevent unplanned pregnancies.  

These devices, such as Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) and the Nexplanon Implant are more effective than other forms of contraception and do not rely on user compliance. Since these options can last for 3-12 years and are currently covered by most insurances, many women are choosing LARC to protect themselves in this uncertain time.

If you are interested in getting an IUD placed or have questions regarding IUD's, please call us at 215-735-7992.

Read more about the intrauterine device rush in the Washington Post.  

Seizure First Aid

A seizure is a type of abnormal or excessive electrical activity in the brain that results in changes in a person's awareness and/or behavior. Seizures can be triggered by different mechanisms--head trauma, stroke, infection, tumor, low blood sugar, and excessive alcohol are some causes--and they often come without warning.The person who has a seizure may be injured during the seizure, and s/he may be confused or embarrassed afterward. Awareness of what happens and what to do during a seizure can help to keep the person seizing safe and calm.  

There are many types of seizures. Tonic-clonic, or Grand Mal, seizures are what most people think of when they hear the word "seizure", and this is the most common seizure situation in which first aid is needed. In this situation, a person loses consciousness for anywhere from seconds to a few minutes. The person typically becomes stiff and will have severe jerking movements. Often they lose control of their urine or have a bowel movement. Frequently they have very shallow breathing or may appear to not be breathing at all. Afterwards, the person will have a period of confusion, with no memory of what has happened. The person will likely be scared and embarrassed. 

To continue reading about seizure first aid, click here

Nutrition and Kidney Health

Most of us don't even think about our kidney health until they are already in danger, whether that's from uncontrolled blood sugar levels or other complications like high blood pressure or obesity. The status of our kidneys depends greatly on our diets, and is impacted by the different foods that we eat, as well as hydration levels. Before we discuss kidney health, let's ask the question: What do your kidneys do? About 200 liters of blood are filtered daily through your kidneys, removing up to 2 liters of water and waste products via urine. If our kidneys are not working as efficiently as usual, the process of blood filtration is not as effective leaving dangerous amounts of waste in our body. The kidneys also release hormones that regulate blood pressure and produce red blood cells.

There are also kidney-friendly superfoods that we can incorporate into our diet on a daily basis. These include cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower which are high in Vitamins C and K, but low in potassium. Berries are high in antioxidants and also have anti-inflammatory properties which is important for your kidneys as well as your entire body. Healthy fats such as fish and olive oil contain omega-3's which also help prevent inflammation.

To read more about how nutrition and kidney health are linked, click here

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our  Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

3 Micro Needling Sessions for $800 
(Reg. $1,000)

Notice a decrease in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and more youthful, glowing skin with the newest technology in anti-aging treatments. Learn [more].

40% OFF Laser Hair Removal Package

Safely achieve permanent and effective reduction of most hair colors on all skin types.  This no down-time virtually painless procedure can effectively reduce unwanted hairs on 
all body parts. Learn [more].


DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dr. Benjamin Lam, double board certified in both general surgery as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery, is our visiting plastic surgeon, available for injections and plastic surgery consultations from 8:30am-12:30pm. He specializes in both non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, Juvederm and Voluma as well as surgical procedures on the breasts, body, and face.

Dr. Lam is a pioneer in the plastic and reconstructive surgery world and one of the area's only double board-certified plastic surgeons. His surgical techniques continue to be referenced in the most prestigious national publications and emulated by leading surgeons in this field.  Call us to set up a cosmetic consultation while he is here at the DermaCenter. For more information,  click  here.

Dr. Dana Shanis, M.D.,is board certified and available for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma injections.  Dr. Shanis, who will be available from  12:30pm-4:30pm  has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has recently completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. For more information on Dr. Shanis,  click here.

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

Health walks is a new segment in our  newsletter. As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk will be the:

Schuylkill Center Saturday Wellness Walk
March 25th, 2017

Schuyllkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Find Her Footing 5k
April 2nd, 2017

Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
901 Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063

We look forward to seeing you there!

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder who is helping you book your follow-up appointments or draws your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, please feel free to read out "Meet the Staff" segment! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.

Aysis Santana, 21 years old
Medical Assistant

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you?

To me, "wellness" is a huge impact on our daily lives. It helps motivate you to take better care of yourself with healthy eating and exercise. It really makes a difference for people that want to live a healthier life.

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?

I feel like some healthcare facilities aren't as welcoming as others. My role is to give my patients the best service I can possibly provide. I love to put a smile of my patients' faces. I think of my patients as if it was one of my family members. I would want my family to get the best care possible. 

The system sometimes is not fair when it comes to people who don't have health insurance. Some people will go through a lot of health issues before they are provided insurance. The ones that have to purchase through the marketplace would have to pay so much a month; it doesn't make it worth it to work. I believe that at least the young children and the elderly should qualify automatically for health and dental insurance without a co-pay at the doctor's office and for prescriptions.

3) What health advice do you promote to your family?

The advice that I would promote would be to make sure they are up to date on their blood work, take care of themselves, and follow up on any medical tests the doctor requests. Your body will let you know when something is wrong. Don't wait until the last minute. You can have a longer life if diagnosed early. I would also recommend to change their eating habits, stop smoking, check their blood pressure, and stay hydrated.

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

Three years ago my father had a stroke, and my aunt as well about 4 months ago. That was a big awakening and changed my views in my family's health and how I should track it better.

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you you do to help you feel healthy?

I participate in the breast cancer walk, and the diabetes walk. Recently, I tried to set a goal of going to the gym at least 3 times a week, eat in smaller portions, and stay determined. I eat fruits, drink water, and try to go the gym as much as I can to help me feel healthy.
6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?
One of the best pieces of advice that I would give a patient seeking to optimize their health would be to seek a nutritionist. I know an excellent one in Rittenhouse and they can help you reach your goal. Also, keep track of your intake; make sure you are taking in the right amount of calories, proteins, fats, sugar, etc. Try to at least walk 20 mins, two to three times a week to start off and drink lots of water. Finally, eat in appropriate moderation.

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