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An OB/GYN evaluates the feticide case in Indiana

A 33-year-old woman in Indiana, Purvi Patel, presented to an emergency room with vaginal bleeding and when it was obvious that she had very recently delivered a baby the doctors on call notified the authorities. The body of her 28 week gestation infant was recovered. The pathologist believed the baby had taken a breath so … Continue reading

Irish Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is like a bad board game called forced birth

A woman who recently emigrated to Ireland has provided a sad test case for the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, a piece of legislation passed after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. legislation that was supposed to allow for abortion when the life of a pregnant woman was at risk (not health, so … Continue reading

Madonna’s vagina selfie that wasn’t (or a lesson in ageism for woman)

While reading some news articles for a future post I chanced upon a pure click bait link: Madonna’s vagina selfie While normally I dismiss those things and move along with a nothing-here-for-you-to-see attitude, I just had to click. Partly because I love Madonna and partly because I really wondered exactly what she posted.  After all, … Continue reading

An American doctor experiences an NHS emergency room

You know it’s going to be one of those days when one of the first tweets on vacation inquires about the closest hospital. Victor, one of my 11-year-olds, had something in his eye courtesy of a big gust of wind outside of Westminster Abby. He was complaining enough to let me flip his eyelid and … Continue reading

Video games and apps for your vagina: a newer (but not necessarily better) way to Kegel

There are two new high-tech ways that aim to help you with Kegel exercises, both with Kickstarter campaigns. There is the Skea (Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), basically a video game that proposes controlling the avatar with a vaginal probe that uses the pelvic floor muscles and kGoal, a vaginal insert that is meant to connect wirelessly … Continue reading

Why treating the two Americans with Ebola at Emory is so important

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that causes death by what seems like a virally induced stigmata. That statement could be even shorter. With a fatality rate that can reach 80-90% we could just say that Ebola is death. The WHO says this most recent outbreak is “moving faster than our efforts to control it” and … Continue reading

Forced c-sections. Unethical outliers or a disturbing trend?

RH Reality Check is reporting that Jennifer Goodall, a woman in her late 3rd trimester with 3 previous c-sections who wants to attempt a vaginal birth has been notified by the chief financial officer of the hospital where she planned to deliver (Bayfront Health Port Charlotte) that her “prenatal care providers intended to report her … Continue reading

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

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