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Does the Mirena IUD increase the risk of breast cancer? New data

A new study has been published suggesting a link between breast cancer and the Mirena IUS (intrauterine system). The Mirena IUS is used commonly in many European countries and is increasing in use in the United States (with good reason, it is highly effective and has a very high satisfaction), so I think a review … Continue reading

If we investigated campus theft like we investigate campus rape

Man: Officer, my car was broken into and my laptop was stolen. Officer: Are you sure? Man: Uh, yes. I was sitting right here in the driver’s seat. This guy I used to know opened the passenger door. I yelled “Hey! Get out!,” and after the initial shock (when I was simultaneously paralyzed by surprise … Continue reading

Why can’t women just use the other 16 contraception methods not mentioned in Hobby Lobby ruling?

I get asked this question a lot. It gets tweeted, posted on my blog, and I am asked in person. Sometimes people are really genuine. I understand everyone doesn’t have the same medical background, and so for some it is a legitimate question. Sometimes the tone is snide. I’m not sure of the agenda then. … Continue reading

An OB/GYN reviews Obvious Child, the movie

On Saturday I went with my boyfriend and his teenage son to see Obvious Child,  (written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and staring Jenny Slate). The movie is billed as an abortion romantic comedy. I think a better descriptor is a pretty-close-to-real-life romantic comedy. In fact, Ms. Slate’s performance and many of the scenes were … Continue reading

How does Plan B really work? Don’t ask the Supreme Court, ask an OB/GYN

Never has a medication been more misunderstood than poor Plan B (levonorgestrel or LNG), a post coital contraceptive (a.k.a. morning-after pill). It’s not just Justices Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy and Dr. Hobby Lobby who fail to grasp the mechanism of action, but many other people are confused including journalists (the NY Times has an … Continue reading

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote: “The owners of the businesses have religious objections … Continue reading

Clinic protests have nothing to do with free speech, they are harassment

Today the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone around abortion clinics, a 35 feet area free of protesters to allow women unrestricted access to clinics that provide abortion services. These buffer zones were created with safety in mind, not only safety for women and their companions as they enter (if they are lucky enough to … Continue reading

The VA tragedy exposes the dark side of medical metrics

The Veteran’s Administration is under fire for covering up deaths. Men and women who were eligible for care languished on impossibly long waiting lists and even worse when some died waiting for care their deaths were covered up. This is horrific and everyone wants to know how this tragedy could have happened? Veteran’s hospitals have … Continue reading

Did no editor find George Will’s column too offensive to print?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced it will no longer carry George Will’s syndicated column: “Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.” The editor, Tony Messenger added: “The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that … Continue reading

George Will’s problem with rape statistics (how many women to make a scourge?)

George Will continues with his assertion that it is mathematically impossible for 1 in 5 women to have been sexually assaulted while in college. He calls the statistics “insupportable” and when he replied to Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein, Baldwin, and Casey he chided them to temper their “rhetoric” about the “scourge of sexual assault.” But it’s … Continue reading

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