Dr. Jen Gunter

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Is power morecellation during a hysterectomy really unsafe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about power morcellation during hysterectomy and myomectomy (surgery to remove uterine fibroids), raising concerns about these devices spreading unanticipated cancers. There have been several reports in the literature and the press alike of this happening and when it does it significantly worsens the prognosis.  The American Congress … Continue reading

Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect … Continue reading

The speculum setting or shutting of comments on some posts to limit woo

I do my best to post about evidence based medicine and debunk treatments with no evidence (and often no plausible connection with biology), but it continues to surprise me that despite a well constructed argument that explains why a particular therapy couldn’t possibly work that many people comment on how that particular therapy has worked … Continue reading

Arizona doctors required to give substandard care for medical abortion

Imagine you want health care. You go to your doctor who recommends a medication. Your doctor tells you that the medication used to be prescribed one way 14 years ago, but very rigorous, more recent studies indicate a lower dose is just as effective. And has fewer side effects. And is less expensive. You are … Continue reading

Why is no one complaining about the incest in Noah?

Like many people I saw Noah this weekend. It offered a middle ground somewhere between The Grand Budapest Hotel and Divergent and it seemed appropriate given the pouring rain. The New York Times called Noah the “modernist rendering of the biblical flood.” Reviews are mixed (I love reading reviews and my personal favorite is “equal … Continue reading

A water birth isn’t natural it’s an intervention

The joint statement on laboring in water and delivering in water (the latter also known as immersion births) from the American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is making the rounds. I’ve linked to the full statement above, but in essence it says that some women find laboring in water … Continue reading

Headlines blur the difference between statistically significant and clinically meaningful

Interpreting studies is a dicey thing. Often I find what might be statistically significant translated into headlines that might not really get at the nuance of the study or the results. Take these three for example: Pine bark extract improves severe perimenopausal symptoms (Medscape medical news, February 14, 2013) Two weeks of antibiotic therapy relieves … Continue reading

The best Pi of all. The lessons of Frieda-Pi

Today on Pi day, March 14, in addition to celebrating the mathematical Pi and pies my family also celebrates the 15th (approximately) birthday of our marvelous dog Frieda-Pi, so named because she looked like a Frieda and because she is missing most of one of her back legs. Including her stump she has 3.14 legs. … Continue reading

Should online dating profiles include gun ownership?

We may never know if the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp at the hands of Oscar Pistorius was domestic violence or the result of trigger-happy paranoia. I’m not sure what kind of hard evidence the prosecution has, but a reasonable human must wonder, “Who doesn’t check to see if the woman they love is still … Continue reading

Does AZO Yeast work?

Vaginal yeast infections are common, in fact it is normal to have up to 3 a year. They are irritating and inconvenient so I totally understand why people would look for ways to A) prevent them B) soothe the irritation of an infection while you are waiting for medication to kick in. It is also … Continue reading

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