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I’m a doctor and I chose my job based on health insurance

Under the cloak of night, when dirty deeds are often done, the Senate started the small cancer that if left unchecked will grow and metastasize and kill Obamacare. One by one these brave lawmakers, oblivious to what might happen to others without the sterling health insurance that their jobs provide, gutted Obamacare. They even voted … Continue reading

A Ted talk claims OB/GYNs lie to pregnant women about alcohol and sex. It’s wrong. Here’s why.

There is a new Ted talk circulating called The Lies We Tell Pregnant Women given by Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel. As an OB/GYN it obviously caught my attention. Dr. Jawed-Wessel mentioned that some of her work centers around sexual behaviors of pregnant and postpartum couples, so I was intrigued especially as I am an expert on pain with … Continue reading

An OB/GYN in Alabama treated a miscarriage. She’s getting sued for wrongful death.

Court documents tell us that on May 9, 2012 Kimberly Stinnett’s, a resident of Alabama, found out she was pregnant.  Two days later, on Friday, May 11, Ms. Stinnett had abdominal cramping and fever and the OB/GYN covering calls, Dr. Kennedy, instructed her to go to the emergency room . Upon admission Ms. Stinnett reported … Continue reading

As an OB/GYN and parent I find the FDA’s statement on anesthesia risks offensive. Here’s why.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning regarding the potential dangers of anesthesia in pregnancy and for young children. Specifically that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the … Continue reading

Lena Dunham’s abortion privilege

Lena Dunham is under fire because of comments she made on her Podcast Women of the Hour. The episode, entitled Choice, begins with a thoughtful discussion of choice and how pro-life is a misnomer because those who self-identify that way are really just anti-choice. You can listen to the episode here (I’ve included a link in case … Continue reading

It’s probably best if you don’t insert fruit and vegetables in your vagina

I was tagged on twitter by multiple people today because of a post on Cosmopolitan. The post is about an older thread on Reddit from a woman whose partner likes her to leave fruits and vegetables in her vagina all day for him to eat later during sex. This was apparently part of  the “whatever” this woman’s husband … Continue reading

Dear Press, stop calling them “heartbeat” bills and call them “fetal pole cardiac activity” bills

Ohio is the latest state to attempt to pass a medically illiterate abortion “heartbeat” bill. It’s bad enough that these bills exist, but the press needs to do a better job of calling them what they are. If politicians want to play doctor they should be using medical terms. If they refuse to use the correct … Continue reading

Removing pubic hair may increase your risk of herpes and genital warts

Anyone who is a regular reader of mine, either here on Twitter, knows I have long been skeptical of the safety of pubic hair removal. We evolved to have pubic hair and we have no data to say that we have outgrown that need as we have wisdom teeth. The current thinking is that pubic … Continue reading

Ben Carson rails against mandates to ease disparities, supports them in a neurosurgery journal

Dr. Ben Carson has been tapped by the President Elect to be the Secretary of Housing Development (HUD). HUD, nicely summarized in the New York Times, “devotes itself to ensuring that families of low-income and modest means have access to safe homes and neighborhoods.” HUD helps people with less money get homes and is tasked … Continue reading

Bran Buds are good for your vagina, just another reason to buy Kellogg’s

Before anyone panics I have not gone full Paltrow and this post is not about making a Bran Buds® douche, it’s a love letter to my favorite cereal. I’m often interviewed by women’s health magazines about “best foods for your vagina.” No one ever wants to hear about the amazing benefits of fiber because apparently … Continue reading

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