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My GYNO says I can’t have an IUD. Is she right?

I hear this fairly often – women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD (yeah!) and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32% of OB/GYNs … Continue reading

HPV vaccine over age 26 – is it worth it?

Currently the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines are approved in the United States up to the age of 26. This has nothing to do with safety but due to the fact that the studies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involved this age range. The HPV vaccines were primarily studied in women aged … Continue reading

Congress is trying to ban abortion at 22 weeks, not 20. It’s still wrong, but facts matter.

Headlines today suggest that congress is attempting to ban abortion at 20 weeks. Except they’re not. Congress might think they are enacting a 20 weeks ban. Many lay people might think they are. Many news sites might be calling it a 20 week ban. Life News might think it’s a 20 week ban. But it … Continue reading

The HPV vaccine protects African American and white women equally from cancer

The Internet, or parts of it, claims the HPV vaccine is ineffective or less effective for African American women than for white women. This idea appears to have originated with Bustle and their take on a study that looked at HPV types in women undergoing testing of pre-cancers of the cervix. Drawing conclusions about the … Continue reading

The importance of the HPV vaccine in one graphic. Really.

Here are the percentage of cancers (by site and sex) due to HPV 16/18 and 31/33/45/52/58 The older HPV vaccine covers HPV 16/18. The new 9 valent HPV vaccine protects against 16/18 as well as 31/33/45/52/58. The vaccines are highly effective and have already begun to reduce pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix. Current data indicates … Continue reading

A collapsible menstrual cup – how cool is that?

I like to wander the exhibit hall at the annual meeting of the American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG). It’s always interesting to see what company paid the most money for the choice position right at the entrance – this year it was daVinci, the makers of the robot that does nothing but make GYN surgery … Continue reading

Nightly news speaks more to Catholic Church about contraception than OB/GYNs. A lot more.

An interesting poster was presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) – National Network Television News Coverage of Contraception in the Era of the Affordable Care Act (Dr. Elizabeth Patton and colleagues from the University of Michigan). The authors  evaluated the content of the nightly news segments … Continue reading

I took Zofran in pregnancy. My son has a heart defect. I’m not suing. Here’s why.

I suffered with extreme nausea during my pregnancy, I had triplets and I’m pretty sure I had a triple dose. I never threw up, but you know how your mouth salivates the moment right before before you vomit, that sensation that sends you running to the bathroom? I had that. All. Day. Long. For four … Continue reading

Doctor equates vaccines with rape, perfects combo of malignity and scientific ignorance

Dr. Tenpenny promotes herself as a “public figure” who is the “voice of reason on vaccines.” She posted this today on her Facebook page… That’s right equating vaccines, which have eradicated smallpox, almost eradicated polio and saved millions of lives, with rape. I understand the vaccines = rape meme has been around for a while. … Continue reading

10 quack treatments Dr. Oz needs to defend

Dr. Oz promises to come out swinging on Thursday, both against the 10 physicians who wrote a letter to the Dean of Medicine at Columbia and to defend himself against the charges of quakery. Here are 10 of his recommendations I’d like to see him explain/defend with science (i.e. provide medical evidence above personal experience). … Continue reading

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