Dr. Jen Gunter

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How Medscape helped Sprout stack the deck for Addyi

It may (or may not) surprise to learn that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) the “disorder” treated by the new drug Addyi didn’t exist before 2004. Why in 2004 did we decide that normal female sexual response was a condition? Well, HSDD was established/invented/introduced by industry to prepare the market for a testosterone patch for … Continue reading

Ben Carson mansplains there is only a war on what’s inside of women not actually on women

This is what Dr. Ben Carson said about the GOP war on women: “There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.” Ben Carson: There a ‘war on what’s inside of women, but not a war on women’ — Raw Story (@RawStory) … Continue reading

Flibanserin (Addyi) is more likely to make you sick than horny. What do you think about that?

There has been a lot of talk lately about Addyi, the drug designed to “boost libido” for women. A lot of the talk has been about creating a false “disorder” (sort of like a real live version of a Cosmo magazine). Not only are our breasts not big enough, but we don’t want to initiate … Continue reading

Want to take flibanserin (Addyi) for low sex drive? You can’t drink alcohol. Ever.

Flibanserin, the drug for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women (a condition that many argue doesn’t exist as for many women sexual desire is responsive, not spontaneous) has been approved by the FDA and will be sold under the brand name Addyi. I’m underwhelmed and concerned about flibanserin for a variety of reasons, but I … Continue reading

Stanford program suggests Doctors need a “wife” to balance work and home life

This morning I read a very interesting article in the Washington Post about a Stanford program aimed at reducing physician burnout in academia. The article starts with the story of Dr. Greg Gilbert, a divorced emergency medicine doctor with kids. Instead of being exhausted from shopping and cooking etc after his long shift he is … Continue reading

Only Kim Kardashian can afford Diclegis, the Birkin Bag of morning sickness medication

It was only a matter of time before Kim Kardashian posted a picture on her Instagram account with a bottle of Diclegis, basically announcing her brand partnership with Duchesnay, the manufacturer of the prescription medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Duchesnay had been tweeting for ages that they were so relieved Kim had found … Continue reading

According to Ben Carson aborted fetal tissue in a bank isn’t aborted fetal tissue

On Wednesday evening I broke the story that Dr. Ben Carson, GOP hopeful, who has claimed fetal tissue research had “under delivered” had himself participated in fetal tissue research. His responses have been nonsensical at best and hypocritical at worst: On Facebook he wrote: Today I was accused by the press as having done research … Continue reading

Ben Carson has still not answered the right questions about his fetal tissue research

The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Ben Carson about my post from yesterday that disclosed his use of fetal tissue in research. Defending his work he told David Weigel, “If you’re killing babies and taking the tissue, that’s a very different thing than taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it.”  But the tissue … Continue reading

Ben Carson did research on 17 week fetal tissue

Dr. Ben Carson, GOP nominee hopeful, told Fox’s Megyn Kelly that “There’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue” and that the benefits of fetal tissue have been “over promised” and the results have “very much under-delivered.” Carson also said, “At 17 weeks, you’ve got a nice little nose and little fingers and hands … Continue reading

When your OTC vaginal yeast medication fails don’t just call for a Diflucan

So you think you have a yeast infection and you buy an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment, but four days later you are still very itchy/irritated/burning like crazy. The next step, for most women, is to call their GYNO and ask for fluconazole, known by many under the brand name Diflucan, or to retreat with a OTC topical. … Continue reading


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