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TOM maxipads claim to convert water to oxygen and hydrogen for vaginal health. As an OB/GYN I say that’s a bad idea!

A new type of menstrual pad hopes to break into the American market. They are called TOM and that stands for either The Oxygen Movement or Time Of the Month depending I suppose on which demographic the company is trying to reach. According to an article in Slate TOM claims the “company’s proprietary formula absorbs … Continue reading

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

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

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

5 guaranteed ways to start your period

Your period is late. We’ve all been there. Whether you are worried you are pregnant, bloated as hell, or you figure there is enough oil in your chin to save the Alaska wilderness from drilling, there are all days when we wish the damn thing would just start already. Well, here are 5 guaranteed ways … Continue reading

What is a menstrual cup and why should I use one?

A menstrual cup is exactly what you think it is: a cup to catch menstrual fluid. The concept has been around since the 1930’s, but has recently become more popular. Some cups are made of rubber, but allergies to latex and other components of rubber are increasingly more common so the best option is a … Continue reading

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