Tallahassee Region Patient Newsletter – May 2024

Pharmacist Now on Your Care Team

Your best care happens when everyone is working together on your behalf. That’s why we’ve opened a pharmacy for AUI patients needing medication for prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction. When your urologist, pharmacist, and other AUI specialists are working together, they can help ensure you’re receiving the treatment that’s best for you.

The AUI pharmacy is a home-delivery service available to all AUI patients needing prescriptions filled for prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction.

  1. Tell your AUI provider that you want your meds delivered to your home.
  2. Or call the AUI pharmacy at 727-241-4994 to make your request.
  3. We’ll take it from there, and when you need a refill, we’ll call to remind you.

One more benefit…

Prostate cancer medications are costly. That’s why we’ll apply for funding on your behalf to make them more affordable.

We hope you’ll take advantage of our home-delivery pharmacy service. We think having an entire team of AUI specialists working together will help ensure the best care possible.


 

7 Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance (and 1 simple resolution)

Hormones play a critical role in how we feel. So when our body produces less hormone (common as we age), the results can be troubling:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Vaginal dryness in women
  • Trouble sleeping

Sound familiar? Hormone imbalance can really have a negative impact on your life! But you don’t have to live with it.

At AUI we can provide you with hormone optimization, the result of more than 80 years of research into how to naturally resolve the effects of hormone imbalance (including testosterone and estrogen) in men and women. It involves placing tiny pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) under your skin during a quick office visit. The pellets dissolve slowly over a few months, releasing a steady stream of hormones into your bloodstream.

Our patients have been so pleased with the difference these tiny pellets have made in their lives. We invite you to email wellness@auihealth.com or call 850-309-0400 to learn more or get started.


 

Making an Appointment is a Breeze

Why is our patient portal called Breeze? Because using it really can be a breeze!

Here’s one example:

YOU NEED: Appointment with your AUI provider.

YOU DO THIS:

    1. Log into Breeze.
    2. View your provider’s availability.
    3. Select the date and time that works best for you.

RESULT: You have an appointment that’s convenient for you without having to call the office.

Breeze is a time-saver!

  • It’s available 24/7, not just during office hours
  • You can pre-register before arriving at the office – Less time waiting!
  • You can send messages to your provider, view their reply, and get test results any time day or night

If you’re not yet registered in Breeze and would like to take advantage of all the benefits it provides, call us at 850-309-0400 or email wellness@auihealth.com and request a link.


 

6 Travel Tips if You’re Experiencing OAB

As many as 40% of women and 30% of men experience overactive bladder (OAB), the sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to control. During travel, when bathrooms may be hard to locate, a little advanced planning can go (and go and go) a long way to avoiding OAB mishaps.

Here are six tips to help you get to the bathroom on time.

  1. Know the rest stops. A restroom locator app is a big help regardless of your destination.
  2. Strengthen your bladder. Before leaving, practice urination at scheduled times instead of every time you have the urge. Doing Kegel exercises (pelvic-squeezing exercises for men and women) will strengthen your bladder muscles.
  3. Watch what you drink and eat. Coffee and carbonated drinks can make OAB worse. So can citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, and those high in liquid (like cucumbers and watermelon).
  4. Consider a prescription. Your doctor can prescribe medications that can help control your need to pee. For women, estrogen creams or tablets may provide relief.
  5. Pack accordingly. Wear clothes that are simple to get off. And bring a day bag with absorbent liners, medications, and extra underwear.
  6. Talk to a urologist. If you’ve never talked to a urologist about OAB, contact us for an appointment to learn about treatment options. You don’t have to live with OAB.

Don’t let an overactive bladder keep you at home. Our AUI specialists are dedicated to finding a solution that’s right for you.

Learn more about OAB.