Social Media

I am fascinated with social media and medicine and how Web 2.0, the interactive Internet, is changing the face of medicine.

Social media can be a great way to spread medical information. Articles, standards of practice, clinical opinions….I have seen (and appreciated) then all on Twitter, Facebook, comments, and blogs.

Because social media has information, it rightly informs our patients.

Because social media is available 24/7 it rightly interests our patients,

But because social media also has opinion. Because it is the personal experience. Because it is an emotional experience it captivates our patients.

And like you, I’m also one of those patients.

Here are some articles I’ve written on social media…

To blog or not to blog? What’s the answer for your practice?

Twitter 101 for OB/GYNs: Pearls, pitfalls and potential






For better, or maybe worse, your patients are judging your care on-line


23 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. I am a Women’s Health physical therapist.
    I am on Twitter too (@CherylLynnRudd) and enjoy your posts and blog.

    Would enjoy any questions or comments on my blog to get me going.


    Posted by Cheryl Lynn Rudd | October 26, 2011, 2:42 am
  2. Hi Dr Gunter – At WhichDoc we are also passionate about how social media can and will change the face of medicine. We believe there is a lot of untapped knowledge within social networks that can be used by patients to make better healthcare choices. Check out short (slightly humorous) intro video at Would love your thoughts/feedback on something like this.

    Thank you!
    Rob Morelli

    Posted by Rob Morelli | November 3, 2011, 4:01 pm
  3. Hi Dr. Jen. I’m the developer of Kegel Aerobics & Prostate Aerobics Apps. Men don’y have a clue that PCs exist, and women have been led to believe that a random squeeze while waiting will build PCs. Men are numb & dumb. Women are being ripped off by wrong information. Help me to get the word out. I will be happy to gift you an app & have a conversation with you. 305 720 4797

    Posted by Dr. Herb Ross | June 25, 2012, 8:55 am
  4. Hi Dr Jen, first of all, thank you for creating a page like this one, it’s about time! Where can I get some info out of you?

    Posted by Mandy | December 27, 2012, 12:14 pm
  5. Dear Dr. Gunter:

    It is a pleasant surprise to find you on the Internet with so many followers and I am very much impressed by your achievement in women’s health. I am Dr. Lin Tao, who worked at UMKC in Kansas City in the 1990s. I met you in Dr. Faro’s laboratory at KU Medical Center several times when I collaborated with Dr. Faro to study Lactobacillus and bacterial vaginosis. I am now a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

    I am writing to you today to tell you a great news for women suffering from vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex. My wife, an OBGYN and a drug developer, has invented a new suppository called “NeuEve.” Because it is made with all natural ingredients, it is not classified as a drug, but a personal care product, so no claims can be made per FDA regulation. But customers who used the product said that it helped to improve their vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex, even for women who could not have vaginal sex for more than one year due to severe atrophy and women who are treated with estrogen but without effect. This product has saved many marriages. It will be great for postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors who have vaginal dryness, atrophy, painful sex or unable to have vaginal sex due to severe atrophy.

    Since you have great passion for women who suffer these symptoms, you may be interested in testing this product with your patients. My wife’s contact is:

    Renjie Chang, MD

    Best regards,

    Lin Tao

    Posted by Dr. Lin Tao | April 20, 2013, 2:33 pm
  6. I just stumbled on your site and am very interesting in learning more about your work. Thanks for what you are doing!

    Posted by bryskates | June 22, 2013, 2:48 pm
  7. Dr. Jen, I’m back to blogging, after a brief techinical hiatus. Would love your thoughts on my most recent post:

    Posted by Bill Metaxas, DPM | July 5, 2013, 12:00 pm
  8. You were lucky St Thomas (we called Tommy) wasn’t very busy that day! It has a large catchment population from S London. The NHS does not charge emergency but has been exploited by people from abroad for more “planned” treatment. St Thomas is the showcase from the government on modernisation & many other things. I have been in the NHS for over 4 decades & have worked in the private sector as well as in N America and Europe. We have been trying to reform (following the US model!) so the free treatment probably won’t be anymore…. Each successive government has traumatised the NHS further and to impose further cut on health and education & social services in the UK so will there be a future??? The staff have been struggling with the onslaught since this century began. It’s breaking my heart to see the great NHS disappearing…. 1948 it was instituted.

    Posted by JC | August 14, 2014, 1:57 pm
  9. Dr. Gunter,

    I’m writing on behalf of women and babies who have been harmed by the negligent care of under-trained, uneducated midwives in out-of-hospital settings (home births and freestanding birth centers). We oppose the licensing of midwives who are not AMCB certified. We’ve created a petition to advocate for minimum regulations that should apply to out-of-hospital midwives in every state:

    1. Require a License
    2. AMCB Certification
    3, Malpractice Insurance
    4. Low-risk Scope of Practice
    5. Report Outcomes to the Public
    6. Integrated System of Care

    These goals combine the priorities of women and the guidelines of the ACOG and the AAP with the aim of making out-of-hospital birth safer — as what we currently have is completely unacceptable. We also know that our petition will help raise awareness to the risks in choosing out-of-hospital birth… we want mothers to know exactly what they are choosing which is hard to do because the home birth movement promotes with too much misinformation (and even lies), covering up the risks of home birth and blowing the risks of hospital birth out of proportion.

    Please read our petition and sign it here and SHARE:

    I write about the shortcomings of our current home birth system (and other issues) for babyMed, the website of Dr. Amos Grunebaum, ObGyn:

    and on my personal site:

    If you have any suggestions or anything you can do to help us reach more people with our petition, we would greatly appreciate the help/insight.

    Thank you,
    Dani Repp

    Posted by Doula Dani | April 6, 2015, 5:42 pm
  10. Hello, Dr Jen

    I heard your voice on Dan Savage’s podcast and became an instant follower.

    I’m an adopted Brit and a huge fan of the NHS. And with all the recent assaults on NHS funding, I’m almost afraid this complaint will be seen as frivolous: Almost no exam rooms in UK GP surgeries have GYN stirrups. I’m a post-menopausal woman and my first pap smear in the UK (at which time I didn’t have a sexual partner, so my poor little vagina got no exercise at all) came as a massive surprise. With no stirrups, insertion and dilation of the speculum hurt *badly* — I’m afraid I revealed my New York roots by the words that came out of my mouth.

    To make it worse, the nurse couldn’t find my cervix. Three times. She finally gave up and referred me to my GP. By which time, tears of pain were running down my face and I was ready to scream, “It’s not the bloody source of the Nile! It’s my cervix! I can find it with my finger!”

    Most British women are never referred to a gynaecologist unless they have a problem — regular testing is in done in the GP surgery. How many British women avoid their pap smears out of of pain and embarrassment, and end up with cervical cancer? How can your British OB/GYN colleagues accept what seems a barbarity? I almost organised a Twitter campaign #demandstirrups, until my niece said it would be disloyal to our beloved NHS.

    I would, however, like to find out how much it would cost to install one set of exam-table stirrups in every GP surgery in the UK. Fund-raising would be a hard slog — can you imagine the embarrassment of British men when I gave my presentation? — but worthwhile.

    It’s so obvious that it barely deserves mention, but do you think this state of affairs would exist if men had to have a simple preventive procedure that needed a tiny bit of medical kit to make it comfortable for the patient?

    Thanks for the space to rant. The next time you talk with a British colleague, please give them a friendly nudge.

    All the best,
    Lauren Sarno

    Posted by Lauren Sarno | December 19, 2015, 3:44 pm
  11. Hey Dr. Gunter,

    I recently read an article of your on KEVIN MD about not eating placenta….and you asked if anyone could send you some? Well after experiencing post partum depression, I figured anything would be better than that agai. I got my placenta steamed via a TCM method, dehydrated, then ground and put into pill form. I’ve got a few left, and my son is nearly 9 months old so I’d be happy to send you some for research purposes! Let me know how to do that. Thanks for looking into this! I will say, I had a great experience after having this baby. I’m happy to share, in the name of science!!

    Posted by Sarah | December 19, 2015, 11:04 pm
  12. Hi Dr. Gunter,

    Did you write that blog on yeast biofilms that you mention in your article on gentian violet? I am trying to get rid of a yeast rash in my armpits that is only held back by rx meds, not eliminated. I’ve been wondering if I’m dealing with biofilms and how I would break them. I’m trying gentian Violet now. Thanks!

    Posted by Jen | April 1, 2016, 9:07 am
  13. Dr. Gunther,
    I was very interested in all your comments about the NHS in the UK. I am in the unique position of having spent a little more than half of my life living in the UK (born there) and the rest of my life in the USA so I have experienced both health care systems over a considerable period of time (I’m retired now). While I have been very fortunate to have had good health insurance with various companies I worked at in the USA, the cost was still quite significant and quite scary at times.I can honestly say, the standard of care I received in the UK was comparable with the standard of care I receive in the USA. The system in the USA is so incredibly inefficient with mounds of paperwork and forms to fill in every time you visit a different doctor. My brother who was a senior administrator in the NHS once told me that the overhead to revenue in the NHS runs about 6%. In the USA it is close to 38%!. Allowing for the fact that health insurance profits are in the single digit percentage range, that is still a huge overhead cost. I try hard to educate my American friends to dispel the various negative myths about the NHS.I think it is sad that most Americans won’t take the time to understand how the NHS works.

    Posted by Neil | August 22, 2016, 11:10 am
  14. Hi Jen.
    I’m not sure you will remember me. But Im Roberts daughter. Think I have met you a few times when I was younger. I’m not sure if you know but you have gone viral in the UK with your post about the NHS.
    Just wanted to message to say well done. I personally think the NHS is a great service that a lot of people take for granted.

    Posted by Sarah boiston | August 27, 2016, 1:15 am
  15. Wanted to comment on the jade egg / Gwnyth Paltrow piece but couldn’t. It’s BRILLIANT. 🙂

    Posted by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | April 15, 2017, 1:19 am
  16. Hi Jen,
    I am a physician and I have a blog called
    My main source of advertising a new post is by FB. However, I often blog about sex and FB will immediately reject anything with erotic content, even using the word sex (so ridiculous).
    I am a psychiatrist with a subspecialty in sexuality. My latest post is about blood flow, sex and aging. How do I circumvent FB and announce this blog? It is a combined medical/social blog. I’d like to get rid of my FB page altogether but that is my source of readers. Please help me out!

    Posted by Anne Koplin | May 7, 2017, 8:05 pm
  17. Dr. Jen, I’m a Pharmacist in Ontario. I genuinely smiled when I read your post on Paltrow and Goop. genuinely. I hope you keep doing your thing and debunk whatever false medical myths that these uneducated ‘health care providers’ are giving to the public. I’ve been studying pain and narcotics, and it’s a problem we have here in Canada. I admire your action being taken. well done. kudos Dr. Jen!

    Posted by andrew | July 18, 2017, 8:29 am
  18. Hi Jen

    I was on faculty with you at ASCCP course in San Diego in 2007? Or 2008? I’m on the SOGC planning committee for the annual meeting in June (in Victoria). Would you be interested to come speak on physician and social media or activism or something?

    Thanks, Hélène

    Posted by Helene Gagne | September 17, 2017, 8:57 am
  19. Hello Dr. Gunter. Brava!! You rock!! Just read your article in the NYT on mansplainers and the shaming of women for their healthy vaginas and all their parts. I am the mother of theee healthy daughters, one of whom is also an OB/GYN. One is a psychiatrist and one is an attorney. They are strong and smart and funny and great citizens. The fact that they and all of us get reduced down to our parts is how the patriarchy stays powerful. They are amazing women and are working on being body proud as is their mother (me). Thank you for your fierce voice!

    Posted by Karin Marasco | November 19, 2017, 9:24 am
  20. Jen, many of the links on this page are bad? Do you maintain it?

    Posted by dpawson | November 23, 2017, 1:58 am
  21. Hi Jen,

    I’m bad at navigating social media. Can you please tell me if D-mannose supplements are safe during pregnancy? If yes, is there one you recommend? Thank you!

    Posted by Tara Ross | October 26, 2018, 10:39 pm
  22. Would you consider writing about men’s health issues as well? I’ve been following health claims that appear in my news reader, the latest is for “Top Urologist Tells All: This is the best prostate solution.” Appears to be for a product called NutraGenics, an “all natural” supplement. My impression is that a large percentage of men get their health advice through their wives, so how to navigate the prostate cancer preventing supplements on the market today?

    Posted by jennylighthart | November 4, 2018, 6:40 pm

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