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Ellen Pompeo gives terrible advice about ovarian cancer screening on The Ellen Show

Ethical OB/GYNs everywhere sighed heavily this evening when they realized from the action on their Facebook and Twitter feeds that The Ellen Show broadcast incorrect and potentially harmful information about ovarian cancer screening to almost 4 million people. Millions more will likely hear about it on social media. Ellen Pompeo, who plays a doctor on … Continue reading

Sorry Gwyneth Paltrow, a lot of products and therapies offered on GOOP are pseudoscience

Gwyneth Paltrow was recently interviewed by the BBC about GOOP’s British invasion. She was asked about the criticisms of a “Canadian Gynecologist” and about much of GOOP’s products and health advice being categorized as pseudoscience. I am not the only person to suggest there are a variety of dubious and unsupported medical recommendations and therapies … Continue reading

I reviewed all 161 of GOOP’s wellness products for pseudoscience. Here’s what I found.

Abstract Objective: To identify evidence that Gwyneth Paltrow is correct in her statement that the website GOOP does not sell pseudoscience. Materials and Methods: A search of the products sold on GOOP.com in the wellness section. Results: Biologically implausible therapies and ill-researched products were identified. The majority of health products (90%) could not be supported … Continue reading

It’s time to winterize your vagina

I know you have all just put your decorative gourd attachments on your vibrators, sugared yourself with a candied ball of maple syrup and sweet potato, and spruced up your lady cornucopia with a pumpkin spice douche, but according to the Daily Mirror the Ice Queen cometh and she’s a cruel mistress. It’s winter vagina time, … Continue reading

“Hot pants! DIY Gynecology” is a Hot Mess

A few weeks ago someone suggested I take a look at the book Hot Pants! Do It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies. After reading all 95 pages a more apt title would be From Camelot to the Clap, Ancient Gynecology for a Modern Woman. A Herbalist and a Radio Activist turn Fables into Feminism. Because that, … Continue reading

I fact checked Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOPY tampon claims. They’re a hot mess.

Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP are hiring a fact checker because they couldn’t Word Salad their way into a publishing agreement with Condé Nast. Sigh. It is troubling that Paltrow finds medical facts tiresome and old school (per her profile in the New York Times Magazine) and yet wants to help women find good information about health. … Continue reading

Dear Science, Thank You.

Dear Science, Today my sons, Oliver and Victor, are 15 years old. It is not a miracle, it is thanks to you. Unable to get pregnant I needed infertility therapy. If you had not isolated the hormones, developed tests, and then designed medications for ovarian stimulation and to trigger ovulation I would never have become … Continue reading

An OB/GYN tackles menopause. There is no wisdom in suffering.

There is no wisdom in menopause, only heat. For many women there is also sleep disturbance brought on by a relentless cycle of waking in a drenching sweat, reigning fury on the sheets, then falling back asleep only to waken shivering as the perspiration evaporates while discarded pajamas silently torment from the corner of the … Continue reading

GOOP recommends a “sacred snake ceremony” for better sex. I have questions.

I did not make up the term GOOPASUTRA, but honestly it sounds like raw milk pasta, which sounds about as far from sexy as possible. But snakes, right? I mean once you have endorsed a medium as legitimate the next step is clearly a snake charmer. It’s honestly a full on traveling shit show of … Continue reading

Missed a dose or late with your hormonal birth control? Here’s a handy guide.

Wandering though the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) annual conference I came across this interesting poster.   Intrigued, I checked it out and indeed StayOnSchedule.ca is an easy to use, handy guide for what to do if you have missed a dose or otherwise fallen off schedule with your hormonal contraception. OB/GYNs field … Continue reading