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Understanding Family Planning Dec 1st, 2020

Women and men have more options than ever regarding the type and size of families that they can build. If you’ve been thinking about starting a family, finishing your family, or adding to it, family planning can help. As women’s health specialists, Maria Cole, APRN, FNP-C, and Kelly Wenger, APRN,...

What to Expect at My Well Woman Exam Nov 2nd, 2020

No matter what age you are, no matter what gender you prefer, if you have female reproductive organs, you benefit from an annual well-woman exam. In fact, insurance companies believe that well-woman exams are so essential to women’s health that they cover the cost of them, even if you have...

7 Reasons You May Be Having Difficulty Getting Pregnant Oct 2nd, 2020

Whether you’ve had a baby before or not, or whether you’ve used birth control in the past or not, having trouble conceiving is a fairly common problem. More than 10% of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44 years experience difficulties getting or staying pregnant....

Help! I Need to Lose Weight Sep 2nd, 2020

Let’s say it up front: Diets don’t work. By “diets,” we mean those weight-loss programs that promise if you eat nothing but pineapple for four months, you’ll wake up looking like Angelina Jolie. And if you’ve been struggling with your weight for years, you know firsthand why diets don’t work....

Undo Summer Damage With Our Icon® Laser Treatment Aug 4th, 2020

The sun took years or even decades to damage your skin.  Luckily, it doesn’t take years to erase that damage. At Maria Cole Family Practice in Odessa, Texas, our nurse practitioners Maria Cole, APRN, FNP-C, and Kelly Wenger, APRN, FNP-C, and aesthetic team revive your skin with the Icon™ laser...

The Most Common Causes of Infertility Jul 8th, 2020

Every year, more than six million women in the United States have trouble conceiving a child or carrying a baby to full term. Although infertility is fairly common, when it happens to you, you might feel like you’re in it all alone. Why can’t you and your partner get pregnant,...

Fight Hot Flashes This Summer with Hormone Replacement Therapy Jun 9th, 2020

You thought you’d be thrilled to finally throw out all the tampons and the cramps medications, but if you’ve entered menopause you just might be waxing nostalgic for the days of PMS. As you leave your reproductive years, your estrogen and progesterone levels dip, which can cause a number of...

Why Newborn Care Is So Important May 13th, 2020

When you were pregnant, you had to take folic acid, eat a healthy diet, and go to the doctor regularly to be sure your developing baby was hitting their milestones. Now that your precious baby is born, learning how to take care of your darling also requires help and regular...

Need Some Help With Your Weight-Loss Resolution? Apr 9th, 2020

If you’ve been trying to live up to your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and be ready for bathing suits and short-shorts by the beginning of summer, you may feel frustrated. Losing weight by sheer force of will rarely works. Calorie-restriction diets actually sabotage your weight-loss plans because your...

The Best Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction Mar 23rd, 2020

When you’re under stress, and as you age, you might find it difficult to attain and maintain an erection. Though having an occasional bout of erectile dysfunction (ED) isn’t cause for concern, if it’s happening regularly, you should consult with a doctor to find out why.  At Maria Cole Family...

When Your Child's Cold Needs Medical Care Feb 18th, 2020

The common cold is the bane of good health. It makes you feel just sick enough to not want to do anything, but not so sick that you can’t do anything. It’s caused by any one of many types of viruses, but the rhinoviruses are the most common. It infects...

Start Your New Year with a Well-Woman Exam Jan 1st, 2020

A well-woman exam is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. But in the busy lives that most women lead, an exam can move down the priority list. Well-woman exams are about more than just Pap smears, though. Well-woman exams are a comprehensive health...

Why WarmSculpting™ With SculpSure® Has Such a High Satisfaction Rate Dec 2nd, 2019

Even if you stick to an exercise plan and eat a healthy diet, pockets of unwanted fat can continue to linger. WarmSculpting™ with SculpSure® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that melts stubborn deposits of fat that you've been working hard to get rid of. SculpSure is an effective, nonsurgical...

8 Amazing Benefits of the Icon Laser Nov 1st, 2019

Aesthetic laser treatments are well-known for their ability to treat a range of skin imperfections and signs of aging. At Maria Cole Family Practice in Odessa, Texas, our nurse practitioners prefer the Icon™ laser for its ability to treat many different skin problems all at one time.  All about the...

Here's What Happens to Your Body When Your Hormones Are Imbalanced Oct 1st, 2019

Hormones have to be one of the most misunderstood parts of human anatomy. This is partly due to their nature and also how our culture talks about them. Because estrogen and testosterone play such a big part in reproduction and puberty, they often serve as a stand-in for all hormones....

Myths and Facts About Facial Fillers Sep 1st, 2019

If you’re looking into getting facial fillers, you definitely aren’t alone. Fillers have become one of the most popular minimally invasive aesthetics procedures available. Their rise has been dramatic. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, use of fillers soared from 1.8 million procedures in 2010 to 2.6 million...

5 Steps to Take to Prevent Bruising and Get the Most out of Injectable Cosmetic Treatments Jun 18th, 2019

Injectable cosmetic treatments are an oft-requested procedure by women aged 30-50. They can enhance the look of your face, smoothing away wrinkles, filling in fine lines, and plumping lips for a younger appearance. But what can you do about the bruising that often accompanies injectable treatments? Injectables don’t have to...

How a Medically Supervised Weight-Loss Program and HRT Can Help You Lose and Keep Off Excess Pounds Jun 10th, 2019

Nearly 40% of adults in the United States tip the scales into obesity, which is why almost 50% of adults in the U.S. have tried to lose weight between 2013 and 2016, a figure we’re sure hasn’t changed much. The weight crisis in the United States is a clear and...

Understanding How Non-Invasive SculpSure® Eliminates Stubborn Fat Deposits Apr 6th, 2019

When it comes to losing unwanted fat, most people will tell you to get plenty of exercise and eat a healthy diet. But sometimes, this just isn’t enough. Several other factors play a role in fat deposits, including your genes and hormones. And, all of these components can lead to...