About me

I am an OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. I authored the book,The Preemie Primer, a guide for parents of premature babies.

In addition to my academic publications, my writing has appeared in USA Today, theA Cup of Comfort series, KevinMD.comEmpowHer.comExceptional ParentParents PressSacramento Parent, and the Marin Independent Journal.

I also am fascinated with social media and how we can use it to build a better Internet. I’ve written about Twitter, on-line reviews, and why I think doctors should blog.

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada and graduated from The University of Manitoba School of Medicine in 1990 at the age of 23 (I started young). In 1995 I completed my OB/GYN training at the University of Western Ontario and moved to the United States to complete a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Kansas. After completing my fellowship I continued my studies in pain medicine. I am board certified in OB/GYN in both Canada and the United States. I am also board certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. That’s why I have so many letters after my name.

Jennifer Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM

Discussion

82 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi DrJen,
    I agree that doctors should blog. I have been enjoying your Twitter stream! I’m a family doc and mom of 4 boys.

    -@AskDocG

    Posted by Dr. G | September 7, 2011, 7:44 pm
    • I also agree – I have learned SO MUCH from reading medical blogs where physicians aren’t afraid to say what they really feel-so much more informative than the news regarding healthcare. Thank you for taking the time to share!

      Posted by maribelchavez | April 1, 2012, 9:36 am
  2. Thank you for blogging! As an FNP in Family Practice and Pain Management, and being a mom – I have just taken the leap into blogging. It is my attempt at “answering the questions you always forget to ask” while at the doctors. Looking forward to reading your blog!

    Posted by thenpmom | September 12, 2011, 3:11 am
  3. Hi, quick question. I’ve been following your blog for a short while and this question is totally unrelated to the content. I wanted to ask you where you got this comment widget from or what is it called. I’m starting my own blog and the standard template for the same theme doesn’t have this comment box. [what I like about it is the fact that people can log in with their wordpress account/ twitter or facebook].

    In case you have a minute to spare, do let me know about this. I’ll delete the comment soon so that it doesn’t clog up your site.

    Thank you!

    Warm regards
    Rohan Abraham

    Posted by Rohan Abraham | September 15, 2011, 5:54 pm
  4. r u married o i.m so interested

    Posted by 829673 | September 30, 2011, 10:30 am
  5. I am excited to have found you as I am a sociologist who teaches sexuality courses which are centered around the structure and patterns of our sexual behaviors, identities, communities, politics, etc. However, I know sometimes the students want to know more about the biological and physiological side and I think it is important to also include those issues.

    Posted by dcompton | December 4, 2011, 6:57 am
  6. I just read the your article on the abortion gone horribly wrong, and there does not seem to be a place to comment on this. So, here, now: Thank You.

    Posted by Clara Randle, RN | February 13, 2012, 10:14 am
  7. I have also just read your article on the abortion gone wrong – all I can say is thank you as well.

    Posted by Richard Hill | February 14, 2012, 6:54 am
  8. Hi, Jen,

    I am a psychiatrist in Toronto who just happened to be a medical student on rotation with you in either 1992 or late-1991. I wasn’t terribly impressive on the surgical rotations (real fish out of water, I was), so you likely don’t remember me. But you were damned impressive even then, and I sure remember you. You have had a most impressive career after UWO, and I am delighted to have found you and to see you doing this great work.

    I am proud to tell you that after some meandering I have in recent years found my niche in outpatient in community-based consultation and psychotherapy. Like you, I have developed a healthy scepticism around anything that is presented to me as medical authority, and in my highly interactive and educational style of practice I am always endeavouring to best convey the state of the art of the evidence to my patients in an accessible way. As you can appreciate, if there is one medical specialty that is in desperate need of being demythologized, it’s mine!

    I resonate with the comments of the sociologist who wrote above. As a psychotherapist dealing mostly with non-psychotic mental health issues (depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, to name a few), the majority of my patients are women and scarcely a clinic day goes by when I am not impressed–and dismayed–at how the suffering of such patients is embedded in networks of dysfunction, oppression, inequality, sexism, and abuse. My partner has trained in abuse counselling and therapy from a feminist perspective, and it is refreshing to bring these tools and sensitivities to my work. Mind you, this took a lot of growth and just simple getting older on my part. It takes a long time–too long–for many men to learn that we can wage an effective war against sexism and patriarchy and we don’t risk losing anything that we really shouldn’t be clinging to anyway. Unfortunately, many men–and an alarming number of women, too–never learn, and they perpetuate oppression because they are afraid.

    I commend your work here on behalf of women. I was particularly moved and appalled by your most recent post regarding the botched abortion–moved at how you and so many good people came together to save a life that NEVER should’ve been endangered in the first place, and appalled that in your adopted country there is someone who has pretensions for the land’s highest office AND who desires an America in which what came to your ER that day will happen even more.

    It’s fascinating what a couple of decades can bring. You have grown hugely and I–well–am glad to have grown up! I am glad to have found you and will be following you closely. Say hi back if you get the time.

    Cheers.

    Les Wright, UWO MD’93

    Posted by Les Wright | February 14, 2012, 5:17 pm
  9. I am the Director of the Abortion Care Network, an organization of independent abortion providers and allies. One aspect or another of abortion has been my work since I became an abortion counselor in 1975. Reading your article about an abortion gone wrong made me weep for the many thousands of women every year whose lives are lost because of the arrogance and righteousness of men who think they have the right to control us. Thank you for sharing this and for caring. Now that we are fighting about access to birth control–the most common-sense health measure in the history of human kind– I fear for the future. Charlotte Taft, ACN

    Posted by Charlotte Taft | February 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
  10. Thank you for your piece on vaginal yeast
    Infections. My beloved OB GYN said the same thing regarding yeast. However and this is a big however……I cut sugar completely put of my diet including bread, etc. it tooke months
    and my vaginal yeast itch finally diss appeared along with the itch in my ear. Today I ate a tiny piece of cherry pie. The itch in my ear came back slightly with the very first bite of that
    Tiny piece of pie. Sure enough, like clockwork the vaginal itch appeared about 20 minutes or so after eating the pie. It was completely gone after omitting sugar from my diet (with the exception of a small amt of fruit). The itch only re-appears after I ingest sugar. it’s true that people try to sell supplements that don’t work but drugs also kill the good bacteria and compound the yeast problem. yeast is due to a gross imbalance of hormones and too much bad estrogen occurring on women’s bodies today. Menopause has become the sugar disease. When I got off sugar I got all my energy back so you should listen to your patients, they are correct. Thanks for listening! Betsy Dunn

    Posted by Betsy | February 22, 2012, 2:24 pm
  11. From a fellow ob/gyn who’s trying to get my workout in … I love your blog topics! Keep up the good work. Kelly

    Posted by Kelly Wright | February 22, 2012, 4:52 pm
  12. Dr. Jen,
    I am aware of your position on HPV vaccination. What about the counter argument?

    http://scr.bi/xixahQ

    Posted by richard pierce | March 15, 2012, 11:47 am
  13. Jen;

    If you are Luise’s sister, then I was the best man at her wedding with Dan.

    Small, small world.

    Posted by Malkin To The Kings | March 30, 2012, 12:53 pm
  14. Hello Jen;

    If Luise is your sister, then I’m the guy who was the best man at her wedding with Daniel. Small world.

    Say hello to them for me. It’s been a long time.

    Posted by Michael Slavitch (@slavitch) | March 30, 2012, 12:55 pm
  15. Out of curiousity, why did you go to the US? I assume, you went because the salaries for doctors are higher. I don’t have a medical doctor here in Ottawa. A lof of Canadians go to the US for the lower taxes but also complain about the result? I read one of your blog posts and almost cried. What an awful thing to happen.

    Posted by peter | April 1, 2012, 7:35 am
  16. Hello. Is there anyone you would recommend in the Seattle area that does what you do — specializes in OB/pain management? I read your blog post regarding unresolved c-section pain and it’s truly on point. My OBGYN is at a loss, we’re two surgeries in (counting c-section) looking for a solution and we’re no closer to fixing it. The pain specialists I am meant to go to shortly are not OBs and want to leave me on pain meds (which I loathe but have a hard time functioning physically without) and introduce an antidepressant. I’m confused as to the latter – I don’t think I’m necessarily depressed; I think I’m in pain. I feel like there must be a solution beyond simply living with it? It’s dehabilitating. A recommendation would be truly appreciated.

    Posted by Julie | May 9, 2012, 10:45 pm
    • To the moderator – could you please delete my last name? I wasn’t aware it would post when I registered.

      Posted by Julie | May 9, 2012, 10:49 pm
    • Hi Julie, I came to this site to check out more re Dr Jen and saw your comment…have you seen a physical therapist who specializes in obstetric and pelvic floor care? Our practice does (Boston-area) and we have worked with many women post c-section for persistent pain and decreased function. Maybe that rec was included in the blog post you mention (which I have not yet read), so my apologies if this is redundant! Good luck!

      Posted by Jessica | May 10, 2012, 6:37 pm
      • I saw one they gave me pelvic pain exercise to stretch vaginia.. also you can buy a tool http://www.icrelief.com that helps to stretch it.. Physical therapy told me about it and how to use it plus the exercises .. it works..!!
        and another positive I now have stopped dripping those little drops of urine when I think I have finished using the bathroom So good luck with this.. oh a note .. here… I went to many gynos men and women.. they ignored my problem finally I went to a pelvic pain specialist
        2 hr drive away from home. HE knew exactly what the problem was. and for that I am thankful

        Posted by ariel | August 27, 2014, 11:15 am
  17. Great blog. I’m a sucker for intelligent discourse.

    Posted by Chester M | June 16, 2012, 4:21 pm
  18. You granted Vitamin W permission to repost a few weeks/months ago. I loved your post about contraception for pleasure sex and want to ask to repost. Can you pls send me your direct email, I have another question for you.

    Posted by amy cross | October 29, 2012, 10:07 am
  19. I can’t find a link to contact you via email. I would like to speak to you regarding a guest post for TheGypsyNurse.com Please contact me at your convenience.

    Posted by Candy aka The Gypsy Nurse | November 10, 2012, 10:06 am
  20. As a fellow author, physician, blogger and supporter of physicians use of social media, I applaud you. Your perspective is excellent and the content is spot on. Omar S. Manejwala, M.D.

    Posted by Omar Manejwala, M.D. | November 13, 2012, 10:43 am
  21. Thanks for caring about Savida in Ireland, from Shan at Thyroid Support Ireland http://www.mythyroidireland.webs.com

    Posted by Shan Kelly | November 15, 2012, 1:36 pm
  22. Hi Dr, I see your focus and was wondering if you might have any suggestions for me. I was hurt, mutilated, my bf used the opportunity as my caretaker to sodomize me. I was hospitalized. I had ptsd and my mind was so fogged. I trusted him because he saved me, and didn’t realize what he was doing. When I was able to piece it together from the flashbacks, he had me arrested for harassment. I tried to get help but no one would believe me and the DA held me in jail 2 weeks for a sanity test. They won’t prosecute and say ptsd is too hard to prove, but he destroyed my entire. I’m deformed now- because I let him care for me. It’s so hard just to leave my apt. I want to die every night and morning. I think everyone already knows I’m dead. I’m trying to finish a book so the truth will be revealed, but it’s so hard to think about. If I could get justice, maybe I’d find joy again, maybe I could stop being so paranoid and afraid, maybe I could have normal relationships again. If you know anyone who might help me get my memory back or speak on my behalf, in my book, in court, maybe just someone who wants to help in any possible way, I welcome any information that can get me closer to healing and justice. Thank you

    Posted by Layla | December 3, 2012, 6:32 am
  23. This is truly random because I saw a link to your awesome article on gun control on twitter. I went to your “About me” page and found that you are from Winnipeg just like me! I am also a Doctor (PhD in Molecular biology) and work in Australia at the moment. I also got my training at the U of M. Anywho, just wanted to say wonderful blog and good on you for doing it – small world this is :)

    Posted by Kat | January 22, 2013, 12:23 am
  24. Hi Jennifer –
    I am a psychologist and writer in Seattle, and co-chair of Washington Women for Choice. I write for online news and opinion sites about religious right issues and women’s issues including contraception. (Articles are archived at AwayPoint.wordpress.com). In addition, I am also working with a project in Seattle aimed at making LARC methods more accessible to teenage girls. In my experience, insertion pain is a significant issue and barrier to uptake among nulliparous teens and young women. Given your focus on pain management I would love to hear your recommendations an thoughts you have on how best to manage insertion pain as we move younger women onto these top tier contraceptive methods. I’ve seen the data on misoprostol, NSAIDS, and paracervical blocks, all of which are disappointing. My email is valerietarico at hotmail.

    Posted by Valerie Tarico | February 18, 2013, 12:23 pm
  25. i agree with Dr Les Wright above that the pain and psychological suffering of women is often embedded in networks of dysfunction, oppression, inequality, sexism, and abuse.

    His partner has trained in abuse counselling and therapy from a feminist perspective, and they are bringing those tools and sensitivities to their work.
    He says: that it took a lot of growth and just simple getting older on his part. It takes a long time–too long–for many men to learn that we can wage an effective war against sexism and patriarchy and they don’t risk losing anything that theyreally shouldn’t be clinging to anyway.

    Unfortunately, he says, many men– and an alarming number of women, too–never learn, and they perpetuate oppression because they are afraid. It IS hard to Embrace Change- to make the decision to go forward in a new way, because the old ways just don’t work any more.
    It takes a lot of courage to confront the way we have always done things and to ask is there a better way.
    And there is never enough time. And we are constantly distracted.
    But that does not mean we should give up.
    March 21 or 22 is #NoNewsday and I’m remembering Marie Colvin, who died in Syria last March reporting the beginning of the civil war there.

    RIP Marie Colvin, who reminds me of why we still need to change lots of things.

    Posted by Shan Kelly (@Sandyshark) | February 21, 2013, 3:26 am
  26. For Layla, who was sodomised by your BF while he was caring for you. It sounds like it is a good start to try writing it down. Maybe when you get through a first draft you are happy with, then you can think about finding a writer and/ or an agent to get your story published. I am going to a group interview on Monday to see whether I can do volunteer work with rape victims. You have memory problems and PTSD, so things are very hard to prove, but you are already taking control and on the road to healing. Every little step can help to take you to a new and better place. Trying to find joy in small things is a good way to start. Social isolation is a problem too, so finding safe ways to get out of the house – like a class once a week – as regular as you can make it. – might help.

    Even just going out for a regular walk with someone that you like and trust can give you a lift.

    Finding a new structure for your new life can help you too. It did for me. Try to believe that things can get better.
    You can contact me via Twitter. Hang in there. Shan

    Posted by Shan Kelly (@Sandyshark) | February 21, 2013, 3:38 am
  27. Thank you for your recent posting about chronic pain. As a pain clinician in St. Paul it frustrates me everyday to see the issues you have aid out so eloquently. Thanks for helping me feel like I’m not the only one who understands that “more opioids” is seldom the answer. Narcotic abuse and narcotic induced hyperalgesias are both far too common and voices like yours are needed to help put the brakes on this epidemic of overprescribing,
    Ben Waxman PA-C United Hospital Pain Service, benwax@aol.com. Ps let me know if I can help!

    Posted by Ben Waxman | February 23, 2013, 4:00 am
  28. Anyone advocating all 4 one type of treatment for all patients every where has obvious motivation other than the patient’s well being. Anyone in pain mgmt claiming that all opioid therapies are wrong isn’t in the business for their patient. They R in it for their own motives. Its no wonder why.

    Posted by StanMe | March 2, 2013, 1:10 pm
  29. Dr. Gunter, I am a health journalist who follows you on twitter. I love your blog. I am writing a story on birth control and immune response and I’d love your input. I can’t seem to find an email address for you… would you be interested in being interviewed for my story?? Please e-mail me at ameliafaith AT gmail. (I’m doing this story freelance so I can’t tweet @ you…) Thanks in advance for your time!! best, amelia harnish

    Posted by ameliafaith | March 24, 2013, 9:42 am
  30. Dr. Jen
    I happened upon your homepage after a google search. I write because my wife is suffering from chronic migrane and abdominal pain. She has had this pain for over three years. It began with her pregnancy with our second child. She has seen over 30 docotors with no relief. She tried using oxycodone, but that provided some complications. Both child births were emeregency c-sections and the second was the result of a uturine rupture. She is in so much pain that her motivation to find a new doctor is just not there. We are in San Diego and you sound like someone who could help. Do you have any contacts in our area that could help.

    Posted by jason | March 29, 2013, 10:19 pm
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    Posted by Joe Christie | April 10, 2013, 1:55 pm
  32. Dear Dr Jen, I know you blogged that there are several states that have laws protecting doctors from wrongful life lawsuits if the doctor withholds information about fetal anomalies from a pregnant woman in order to prevent her from getting an abortion.. Do you have a reference for this info? I’m trying to learn more. Thank you, Susan Robinson

    Posted by Susan Robinson MD FACOG :- ) (please don't publish my email) | April 13, 2013, 4:18 pm
  33. Dr Gunter, We would like to use an extract from your most recent blog about Savita’s inquest. The site is called Broadsheet.ie. Would this be possible? John

    Posted by John Ryan | April 14, 2013, 3:42 am
  34. In the abortion debate in Ireland there are frequent comments that Ireland is the safest place to give birth – and there is then a claim about low infant mortality figures. However my understanding is that Ireland calculates these figures differently than in much of the rest of the world. There’s been some discussion that Ireland may change to the accepted standards and that the numbers will not be as good – but I’ve never seen the discrepancy explained.

    I know your main focus is on the US and Canada, however your writing is very clear and you break things down very well. I don’t know if these stats would be an area you’d be familiar with, but if you are then an article on them would be fascinating.

    Thanks.

    Posted by Kevin Lyda (@lyda) | April 15, 2013, 11:47 am
  35. Hi Dr. Jen! I read your piece on milk sharing and really enjoyed it, and the comments too. I wanted to share my website with you, thought you would find our work interesting in light of your article. Check it out: http://www.mothersmilk.coop I would love to hear from you, take care, and keep up your terrific site.

    Posted by Adrianne | May 10, 2013, 8:02 pm
  36. Hello Dr. Jen,

    Are you aware of any pain experts in the Southern CA region (Kaiser Network) specializing in Vestibulitis? Ideally in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside Counties)? Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Posted by Allan | June 4, 2013, 7:52 am
  37. You have too many letters after your name. Most anagram makers will only allow up to 12, which gives you “affords”, “Orgasm” or “Frogs”. But if I use them all, the longest I can get is “Mapboards”. Perhaps you should concentrate on some more qualifications that have vowels in them :-)

    Posted by Gillian B | June 8, 2013, 8:15 am
  38. I have a unique question. I read your article on nerve damage after a c-section and was wondering if have a large problems with adhesions could make the nerve damage pain worse. If so would you have any ideas that could help.

    Posted by Nikki | June 12, 2013, 9:09 pm
  39. Dr. Jen, I have a question for you. I spend a lot of time ‘debating’ anti-choicers, and they always tell me that pregnancy is absolutely NOT a health condition unless there are complications. And, until there are complications, a ‘normal healthy pregnancy’ is just that…normal.

    I have argued that the changes to the woman’s physiology as a result of pregnancy MAKE IT a medical/health condition, but as I am still largely ignorant regarding pregnancy, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

    Typical quotes from pro-lifers:

    “Martin, life itself is a “health issue.” Pregnancy can be harmful if something goes wrong, but healthy pregnancies can and do occur with the result being… babies.

    Things like cancer and MIs are inherently, inescapably destructive. There are no “healthy” versions thereof.

    You and Alix implicitly acknowledge this in following comments when you more specifically and correctly wrote “complications” versus pregnancy itself.

    For example, an ectopic pregnancy is pathological because the fertilized egg is not implanting in the correct place. But in order for me to even write that sentence there must BE a correct place and a healthy way for the process to occur. Is there a similarly healthy way for malignant neoplasm – you know, ‘cancer’ – to grow, spread and transform body tissues and organs?

    The difference is also well illustrated by the goals of medical research concerning them: In the best case, oncologists and cardiac researchers seek to put themselves out of business by removing those maladies from human experience. Is this true for pregnancy as well? Is the point of OB/GYN to entirely eliminate or obviate childbirth?

    “Health issue,” indeed. Nice try.”

    and this:

    “And when a woman’s life has not been confirmed to be at risk she has no right to usurp to right of the child to live.”

    ” The mere likelihood of a possible life threatening situation exists everywhere and in every situation.
    The whole purpose of monitoring of pregnancies by medical personnel is to minimize health risks that a person (and the child) MAY incur. Pregnancy does not REQUIRE medical treatment.”

    ——————-

    I would be interested in what you have to say, or what resources you could direct me to, so that I can combat this ignorance.

    Thanks in advance Dr. Jen!

    Posted by Amara | June 29, 2013, 9:33 am
  40. Hi Jen
    Stumbled across your byline – blog post on BMJ. Great work.
    If you don’t remember me …
    Graduated uManitoba 89.
    Anesthesia uOttawa 94
    MSc Epi uOttawa 98.
    Still in Ottawa, married, 14yo daughter.
    Late adopter of soc. media.
    Looking forward to more of your posts.
    Keep up the good work.
    Greg

    Posted by Greg Bryson | July 22, 2013, 4:06 pm
  41. Hi Jennifer…Rich Mayerchak here.I liked you IUD article in OBG Management.take care-

    Posted by Richard Mayerchak MD | October 19, 2013, 3:05 pm
  42. As you write your blog, you are self publishing and that is your right in the United States. With all right comes responsibility, and it is your responsibility to fact check, and allow others to freely discuss information. Otherwise you have become a censor of truth. The same way you feel fit to share your thoughts, you must allow others to share theirs.

    Posted by CSM Povell Jackson | November 24, 2013, 4:53 pm
  43. I read your “thermography” article when I saw Mercola’s girlfriend posted a link to a “natural news” article about how it is “MORE ACCURATE” than mammograms. It quoted a study that said so, but neglected to cite that study. http://blogs.naturalnews.com/thermograms-safer-more-accurate-than-mammograms/

    Posted by jOE f | December 7, 2013, 9:32 pm
  44. Pelvic vein congestion syndrome!!

    Raising awareness

    IR options for same. Check out Tony Lopez from Guildford UK. Huge series. Seems to work well

    Like ur work. Keep it up

    GOS

    Posted by Gerry OSullivan | January 2, 2014, 10:11 am
    • Actually, the jury is still way out on pelvic congestion syndrome. The incidence of congested veins is about 50% among multiparous women and in pregnancy the pelvic veins are very congested, yet no pain. The studies are nor randomized and in fact amount to case series with all their inherent issues.

      Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter | January 19, 2014, 11:55 am
  45. Dr, Jen Gunter, Hi I’m using valium in vaginally. i was wondering if it effects your brain. I’m really scared its reaching my brain and I’m having problems. Could you please e-mail me back the answer. Thank you. Annette

    Posted by Annette Myrick | January 17, 2014, 12:22 pm
  46. Please email me from my last post.

    Posted by Annette | January 17, 2014, 12:28 pm
  47. I put this here because um… no other contact, recently I saw a flurry of links to this (link below) on my fb (smells like bovine end product). I look’d through your archives and see nothing on flu, flu shots and pregnancy, so I’d suggest this as a topic.

    http:(slash slash)www.vaccinationinformationnetwork(butt)com/press-release-cdc-covers-up-influenza-vaccine-related-fetal-deaths/

    If moderated, no need to approve this post.

    Posted by Gibbon1 | January 25, 2014, 5:03 pm
  48. I am so sorry you had to endure the complete lack of compassion from the morgue at your hospital. Thank goodness for the advocacy of your admin assitant. No one should have to go through that. I am a pediatric OR nurse but if I had been the CEO I would have personally apologized for adding to your pain.

    Posted by Lynda Harrold-Blake | February 3, 2014, 5:53 pm
  49. Love your site, it’s refreshing to hear from a Doctor on a social platform! I will probably “borrow” some of your layout ideas, well done!

    Posted by Kevin Arvai | February 23, 2014, 12:08 pm
  50. Dr. Gunter, I have been following your blog for about a year now and you have become my go-to on issues concerning the healthcare system, i.e. the HPV vaccine controversy, the nuvaring controversy, and many more…I am so torn when it comes to this recent news story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/10/compassionate-drug-josh-hardy/6258321/; as a previous business reporter, I can understand where the company is coming from, but I just can’t help but REALLy want it to change it’s mind and give the little boy the drug that may help him to recover. Would love to know your thoughts!

    Posted by BABS | March 10, 2014, 9:02 pm
  51. Dr. Gunter, Your description of chronic pain, scar tissue and possible nerve damage with anxiety, inflammation, infections, depression, numbness after a C section seems to fit my ailment. I have spent the last 6 years trying to convince doctors that I am in pain and something is wrong. I live in a small town in Central Ontario and wonder if you could possibly recommend out of London Ontario a physician/specialist who might be familiar with your work. I am desperately looking for accurate diagnosis and possible treatment for this. Natasha

    Posted by Natasha Bell | April 17, 2014, 7:49 am
  52. Just found your blog. Nice.

    I an an RN with not nearly so many letters after my name, but I too have written a book and it gets published in a few weeks. I am looking for influential persons in the blogosphere and found you.

    The book is titled The Sacrament of the Goddess. It’s on amazon. Google the title.

    I’d like to send you a copy to read and review. Send an email to me at joeniemczura@gmail.com

    Thanks

    Posted by Joe Niemczura, RN, MS | April 20, 2014, 12:07 am
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    I am approaching your website to see if you are open to inserting text link ads in your blog posts. If you are interested, Please let me know and we can talk about the cost and other details. Contact me at emailviveknow@gmail.com.

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    Vivek

    Posted by Vivek | May 23, 2014, 3:45 pm
  54. Thank you so much for your eloquent response to George Will. Unfortunately I read it in a faculty meeting and didn’t expect it to make me re-live my own experience. But I’m curious if you heard from him, or had it published more widely. I am so discouraged by the growing misogyny in our world. Thank you for speaking truth to power.

    Amy Levi (I have a bunch of letters after my name, too, but it’s not worth explaining it !)

    Posted by Amy Levi | June 16, 2014, 7:49 am
  55. I just want to applaud and thank you for writing the open letter to George Will.

    Posted by Ashley Y. | June 16, 2014, 1:09 pm
  56. Jen, I just read your response to George Will’s bs. on rape. Rock it girl! I had the same exact experience as you. Though…I must admit…I’d be hard pressed to be so politically correct when discussing it as you have…My God woman…you are sharp! :)

    I look forward to following you path!

    Peace & :)

    Marie Tyler Wiley

    Posted by ctjpmarie | June 16, 2014, 2:03 pm
  57. Recently I have sent to your website (for discussion entitled A study rating female attractiveness: the journal Fertility and Sterility publishes misogyny – 2012) my little comment (at number 21), to thank you because you have defended the science and women’s dignity.
    As human being, as thinking mind, as woman, suffering from endometriosis for 26 years, as philosophy teacher and as scholar of psychoanalysis, I don’t share these kinds of “research”. So, thank you again: your criticism give me heart.
    I’m also surprising because of the classification Expertscape, by Association of Palo Alto, California, with regard to the world’s leading experts in this field: between the Italian “women and men of science” expert about the endometriosis, who are at the first positions in the world, are also the inventors of that “research”. Do you think it’s possible and true? What do you think about that? I hope you would like to write also about this subject.
    I’ll read your Website again. It’s very interesting for me.
    Maria (Roma)

    Posted by Maria | June 20, 2014, 12:20 pm
  58. Recently I have sent to your website (for discussion entitled A study rating female attractiveness: the journal Fertility and Sterility publishes misogyny – 2012) my little comment (at number 21), to thank you because you have defended the science and women’s dignity.
    As human being, as thinking mind, as woman, suffering from endometriosis for 26 years, as philosophy teacher and as scholar of psychoanalysis, I don’t share these kinds of “research”. So, thank you again: your criticism give me heart.
    I’m also surprising because of the classification Expertscape, by Association of Palo Alto, California, with regard to the world’s leading experts in this field: between the Italian “women and men of science” expert about the endometriosis, who are at the first positions in the world, are also the inventors of that “research”. Do you think it’s possible and true? What do you think about that? I hope you would like to write also about this subject.
    I’ll read your Website again. It’s very interesting for me.
    Maria (Roma)

    Posted by MARIA | June 20, 2014, 1:36 pm
  59. your blog is super. i love your voice. keep on.

    Posted by Sana Johnson-Quijada MD | July 7, 2014, 4:28 pm
  60. Greetings –
    I write about women’s issues, reproductive rights, and contraceptive technologies for online news and opinion sites with the broad goal of empowering women and children to flourish. My short term goal is lowering barriers that young and poor women face in obtaining top tier contraceptive methods that fit their goals and bodies.

    Right now I am working on an article about contraceptive class action suits and how they affect access and method mix. A number of “relevant experts” have been generous with their time, including providers, ngo advocates, and one exec in a small mission-driven drug company, and I’m wondering if you might have some thoughts to add to the mix.

    Here is a little more context. This winter I became concerned that TV ads paid for by law firms seeking class action clients were creating a de-facto anti-advertising campaign against most effective contraceptives. The ads tap anxieties about a long list of known but rare side effects, and some that are questionable. Women have no way to put the information in perspective, no information about absolute risk, and no way to weigh what they hear against the health and life risks associated with unintended pregnancy. For some low information women these ads may be the primary formal source of birth control information.

    I recognize and value the importance of litigation in protecting women’s health. At the same time, I wonder if today’s pattern is tipping the balance against positive health outcomes.
    The routine class action litigation that has grown up around contraception has the potential to increase barriers and possibly morbidity and mortality in the following ways:
    • It stifles innovation by increasing financial risks and costs and by delaying potential returns to investors, reducing method mix and woman-friendly options
    • It increases costs to public health agencies and end users, making top tier methods unaffordable for some
    • It distorts risks and produces fear among members of the general public, creating ambivalence that can lead to risky inaction

    That said, no contraceptive is risk free, and some women get hurt. So we need means to guard against negligence and care for those who are harmed even if the net net is a vast improvement in public health and wellbeing.

    I would like to put together a thoughtful article on the topic and would love to get your input. Here are my questions:
    Is your sense generally that the current balance serves the public interest?
    If not, how do you perceive the nature and magnitude of the problem?
    Do you have any direct experience e.g. anecdotes that can be included in a story?
    Do you have or know of any relevant data?
    Do you have any thoughts about how we might refine or revise the current system so that women have recourse when they are harmed while also reducing the harm that comes from increased costs, decreased utilization and low method mix?
    Can you point me to anyone who would have additional knowledge on this topic?
    Any chance you’d be willing to schedule a call and share some of your thoughts?
    Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
    Senior writing fellow, Sightline Institute
    Co-founder, Progress Alliance of Washington
    Member, Board of Advocates—Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
    Article Archive: http://www.awaypoint.wordpress.com
    vt at valerietarico

    Posted by Valerie Tarico | July 10, 2014, 8:11 pm
  61. Hello! I am a content strategist and EIC of a site and would love to discuss a writing opportunity with you (but can’t dig up an email contact here). Can you please be in touch? Many thanks!

    Posted by Jessica Ashley | August 11, 2014, 9:23 am
  62. Hi Dr Gunter,
    I am the health correspondent for the Daily Mail.
    I just read your extraordinary blog about attempting to pay for your son’s NHS care. Unfortunately not everyone is as honest as you-you make some very valid points about our system.
    I just wondered if it would be possible to speak further on this matter and if there was any way I could get in touch?
    Yours,
    Sophie Borland

    Posted by Sophie Borland | August 13, 2014, 11:07 am
  63. Hi Dr. Genter. Really enjoyed your piece in the Independent re the NHS. I too write for the Indy sometimes. Please check out my blog and follow back if you don’t mind. Thank you so much!

    Posted by noahsin | August 17, 2014, 10:47 am
  64. question 1. I need advice.. oddly enough my gyno has no idea. I am now using coconut oil to keep away vaginial dryness.. NOW what kind of condom can I use? all I can find is one propolyne that contains a LUBRICANT I do not need the lubricant they say it is silicone so now.. how is that going to react with my coconut oil as I use it in my vaginia every night. Please advise.. I definatly want to use a condom but how and what kind. I am also sensitive to lubs. never used silicone before..
    Question 2 what about silicone toys.??? coconut oil?? yes no

    Posted by ariel | August 27, 2014, 11:08 am
  65. Hi, came across this because of your entry about your son going into an NHS hospital. Very interesting read. You might be interested that UK online adult material filters don’t allow your site to be read on mobile phones unless you enter a credit card to show the network provider that you are over 18.

    Keep up the good work.

    All the best

    Andreas

    Posted by Andreas | September 2, 2014, 6:18 am
  66. i have no son…. If I was on your site it probally was to ask if you could use coconut oil to mositurize the vaginia because of age it dry .. and then would it be safe to use polypropolyene condoms that contain silicone/dimethecone lubricant.. as I do not know if it would be safe conconut oil mixed with the silicone lube?????
    I cannot use vagifem anymore yeast.. right now I have taken 2 tsp of nystatn 4 x day for 2 weeks and did a feces test and I still have yeast. my fam dr said to take it for 2 more weeks…… It gives me constipation and hemroids…
    for side effects……. I simply do not know what to about
    1.. concom/ silicone/coconut oil
    2. yeast………..systematic

    Posted by ariel z | September 2, 2014, 4:54 pm
  67. I love you Dr.Jen Gunter..God bless you.

    Posted by Ngozi Olachi | September 13, 2014, 8:19 am

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