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How many late term abortions are really performed in the United States?

A common myth is that there are thousands and thousands of “nine month”or “late-term” abortions every year in the United States.In fact, every time I write on the subject I get comments like this one, regarding “partial birth abortion,” or this one regarding abortions at term. Fortunately there is actual data to tell us how … Continue reading

Lo Bosworth wants to eliminate vaginal shame with potentially harmful products

  Today’s installment of gynecologist versus celebrity arrives courtsey of Lo Bosworth, who I must admit I had never heard of before this week. She is selling products for vaginal health and they concern me greatly. I am a board certfied gynecologist so I get to say that. Allie Jones from The Cut called earlier in … Continue reading

Donald Trump unveils plan to make abortion illegal again

Donald Trump released a letter dated September 2016 via the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailing his first actions against reproductive rights (see below for the full letter). His first four goals are: Nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. This may not end abortion in 2017, but this is a defacto invitation for … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton almost fainted. I’m a doctor. It’s really o.k.

Hillary Clinton left early from the 9/11 commemoration in New York as she felt “overheated.”  This video of her leaving the event shows Mrs. Clinton leaning against a concrete post and then her legs appear to buckle under her as she is helped into the car.   Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC — Zdenek Gazda … Continue reading

Science says Trump more likely to have heart attack in next 10 years than Clinton

Donald Trump continues to make the health of the Presidential candidates an issue. I find this ironic considering the letter Mrs. Clinton produced makes Trump’s look like it was written in crayon. Then again writing a letter like this takes longer than five minutes. What of Trump’s claim that he is healthier? There is actually some information … Continue reading

What we can learn from Jehovah’s Witnesses about obstetrical violence and autonomy during pregnancy

Many years ago when I was the most junior person on the team I sat on the hemorrhaging wound of a person who was a Jehovah’s Witness. She  was literally bleeding to death. I was medically the least helpful person so I was the human sandbag as the gurney flew down the hallway towards the … Continue reading

Don’t take Kardashian GYNO advice and put Vitamin E in your vagina

The latest celebrity to use the Internet like a a public speculum is Khloe Kardashian. I know this because my phone blew up yesterday with reporters texting, e-mailing and sending direct messages on Twitter asking about vaginal vitamin E. So I gave some quotes and thought it would all die down because, hey, the President … Continue reading

The RNC should be ashamed for invoking My Little Pony in Melania’s defense

I try to write about what I know. As I gynecologist I write a lot about women’s health issues. As a mom I sometimes write about parenting and prematurity. What might surprise you is that I also know a lot about My Little Pony. More than the average person and quite possibly more than most. … Continue reading

Is the GOP afraid of porn because it can lead to religious struggles?

  The GOP released one of their platforms ahead of the Republican Convention: porn, or specifically say no to porn. The statement explaining this new direction from North Carolina’s Mary Francis Forrester is a hot mess: Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life … Continue reading

We should treat AR-15 semi-automatic rifles like drop down cribs

There is a strangulation hazard for infants in drop down cribs. In 10 years there were at least 32 infants deaths directly attributable to this style of crib, so the standards were changed in 2011. Since 2011 no new cribs have been made with a drop down feature. When all crib deaths were reviewed there … Continue reading

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