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Glamour gives risky period advice, recommends dangerous sea sponges

Of course I clicked when this tweet from Glamour came across my timeline. The article mentions the following four products: washable period underwear, washable pads, menstrual cups, and sea sponges.  The first three are great, but menstrual sponges are not. This is what Glamour said about sponges: Yup, you can stop your period before it … Continue reading

Whoopi Goldberg’s menstrual marijuana has lots of issues, a GYNO explains

My phone blew up this morning with health reporters asking about Whoopi Goldberg’s new health venture – medical marijuana for period pain. Why did the health reports ask me? Yes I’m a doctor on social media a lot, but I’am also board certified in OB/GYN as well as holding two different board certifications in pain … Continue reading

Toxic shock syndrome is also related to menstrual cups

Many women have heard about tampons and the association with toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Some women choose menstrual cups because they think they may be a safer alternative. However, a new case report details for the first time menstrual-associated TSS related to using a menstrual cup. Let’s look at what that may or may not mean. … Continue reading

No, your tampon still isn’t a GMO-impregnated toxin-filled cancer stick

A friend just shared this post going around Facebook: The post reports that Dr. Damian Marino, a researcher from Argentina, claims that 85% of tampons he tested contain “cancer-causing glyphosate” and “62 percent also tested positive for AMPA, the environmental metabolite.” This data was presented at the “3rd National Congress of Peoples” (another website claims … Continue reading

LOONCUP the “Smart” menstrual cup is a Kickstarter Staff Pick. A GYN says it’s all wrong.

Every few weeks someone e-mails me the latest vaginocentric Kickstarter campaign to review. I was first alerted to this week’s contestant, LOONCUP, by Morgan Shanahan from BuzzFeed. She asked my opinion and I will confess, I laughed out loud watching the video. Then I showed it to two more OB/GYNs who shared my mix of … 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

Can you kick start your period?

The short answer is no. A while back I wrote a post I hoped people would find funny, 5 Guaranteed Ways to Start Your Period. It was an homage to all those inopportune times that your period seems to start. As of today it has been read over 97,000 times. As much as I’d like … Continue reading

Bleeding after a Mirena IUD insertion, what to expect

The levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena IUS) is a popular IUD. It contains the hormone levonorgestrel and over time many women gets lighter periods or even lose their periods altogether. This is a desirable side effect. The only problem is the promise of very light or no periods and combined with long acting reversible contraception comes … Continue reading

Are super-plus tampons safe?

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a very serious condition that occurs when bacteria, usually staphylococci (but sometimes streptococci or other bacteria), produces a toxin that enters the blood stream. It can cause fever, low blood pressure, muscle pains, rash, and organ failure. One source of the bacteria is from the vagina during menstruation, the theory being … Continue reading

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because “I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception,” but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover … Continue reading

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