• Since You Asked: What is a yeast infection and why did I get it? 
    January 8, 2020
    Since You Asked: What is a yeast infection and why did I get it? 
    A vaginal yeast infection, also known as vuvlovaginal candidasis, is when healthy yeast over produces in the vagina. Yeast infections occur because the chemistry of your vagina is off balance. This is most commonly seen as a hormonal imbalance. Several factors can cause a yeast infection, including poor eating habits, stress, weak immune system, diabetes, ...
  • I was on Depo-Provera birth control for years, what can I do to help prevent osteoporosis now?
    December 10, 2019
    I was on Depo-Provera birth control for years, what can I do to help prevent osteoporosis now?
    Depo-Provera is a progesterone-based contraceptive shot injected into the arm, upper thigh or abdomen. It is 97-99.7% effective in preventing pregnancy. Each shot lasts for about 13 weeks. While “the shot” is effective, there are significant side effects that are important to keep in mind if you are, were, or thinking of beginning this method ...
  • What are the health benefits of masturbation?
    November 12, 2019
    What are the health benefits of masturbation?
    Masturbation is perfectly natural and comes with numerous health benefits! Your vagina has thousands of nerve endings—8,000 in the clitoris, to be exact.  When you have an orgasm, your body releases endorphins. These natural chemicals block pain receptors in your brain and can make you feel happier.  It is just as likely that you can experience an ...
  • Is my chronic pain related to my silicone breast implants?
    October 25, 2019
    Is my chronic pain related to my silicone breast implants?
    Short answer, it’s definitely possible.  While breast augmentation remains the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, breast implants come with numerous risks and complications that affect at least 1 percent of patients, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Complications the FDA has warned may arise from breast implants include ...
  • Is the G-spot real?
    October 7, 2019
    Is the G-spot real?
      The G-spot (Gräfenberg spot) is an area of the vagina alleged to contribute to an orgasm from within the walls of the vagina. A vaginal orgasm is NOT to be confused with a clitoral orgasm, which is much better understood and results from thousands of nerve endings in the clitoris and labia. Here is what we ...
  • How do I get my sexual desire back after a partial hysterectomy if I can’t afford Addyi?
    September 18, 2019
    How do I get my sexual desire back after a partial hysterectomy if I can’t afford Addyi?
    Filbanserin (brand name: Addyi) is a female sex drug that does not have a generic version available on the market. Contrary to their advertising, Addyi is not the safest or most effective option to increase sexual desire in women. Studies have shown that combining Addyi with 2-4 drinks causes a loss of consciousness and dangerous ...
  • What is the relationship between plant-based dieting and disease prevention?
    September 5, 2019
    What is the relationship between plant-based dieting and disease prevention?
    In recent years, plant-based, vegan and vegetarian diets have grown in popularity. Celebrities such as Beyonce and Ariana Grande have praised their trendy plant-based diets on social media. But beyond public perceptions of the diets, there are some real health benefits associated with eating plant-based foods, especially for women. However, there are also a few ...
  • Is it true that UTIs and common over-the-counter medications can mimic the symptoms of dementia?
    August 16, 2019
    Is it true that UTIs and common over-the-counter medications can mimic the symptoms of dementia?
    Recently, Kaiser Health News (KHN) reported an account of a woman in her late 60s who appeared to have symptoms of early-onset dementia. She was having trouble focusing and her short-term memory had been impacted. However, the doctor suspected that her symptoms might be related to something else: the cumulative effect of taking a number ...
  • Why is the FDA calling for the removal of certain breast implant models from the market?
    August 6, 2019
    Why is the FDA calling for the removal of certain breast implant models from the market?
    The National Women’s Health Network (The NWHN) believes that more needs to be done to protect people against unnecessary harm caused by silicone gel-filled breast implants. Implants have been on the market for more than 30 years, and during that time they’ve been used by millions of people.  Implants were marketed for many years before the ...
  • Is it true that some states require a woman to have her husband’s consent in order to have a hysterectomy? What if the procedure is medically necessary?
    July 22, 2019
    Is it true that some states require a woman to have her husband’s consent in order to have a hysterectomy? What if the procedure is medically necessary?
    First, a bit of background. Surgical removal of the uterus is called a “hysterectomy.” There are multiple types of hysterectomies, procedures where the uterus is removed but the cervix isn’t (called subtotal, supracervical, or partial hysterectomy), and ones where both the uterus and cervix are removed (a complete hysterectomy). Hysterectomy is performed for a variety of ...
  • I’ve been hearing that the FDA doesn’t properly screen cosmetic products before they are on the market. Which cosmetic products are the most toxic? Who is impacted most by the use of these toxic products?
    July 8, 2019
    I’ve been hearing that the FDA doesn’t properly screen cosmetic products before they are on the market. Which cosmetic products are the most toxic? Who is impacted most by the use of these toxic products?
    You’re right! With a few exceptions, manufacturers of cosmetic and other personal care products are not required under current federal law to get FDA approval before their products go on the market. In fact, they aren’t required to test their ingredients for safety, list all of the ingredients in their products, use good manufacturing practices ...
  • What is the role of a doula? How can pregnancy and birth experiences be shaped by the profession?
    June 12, 2019
    What is the role of a doula? How can pregnancy and birth experiences be shaped by the profession?
    Doulas provide emotional support and coaching to women and their families, most often during and after childbirth. Doulas supplement other health care providers involved in birth and pregnancy and, ultimately, act as birth advocates. In the context of birthing experiences, advocacy is defined as “supporting the birthing person in their right to make decisions about ...
  • What can I do to show support and solidarity with the reproductive rights movement?
    May 30, 2019
    What can I do to show support and solidarity with the reproductive rights movement?
    Across the country, we are seeing a renewed wave of extreme bans on abortion care and stripping away of women’s reproductive freedom. As state legislative sessions end, multiple bans on abortion care have been passed and signed into law; these test cases are an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade now that the Supreme Court ...
  • What is a “geriatric pregnancy”? At 35, can I have a normal pregnancy?
    May 14, 2019
    What is a “geriatric pregnancy”? At 35, can I have a normal pregnancy?
    You may have heard the term “geriatric pregnancy” to describe pregnancy in women over age 35 — it’s come up a lot recently due to Meghan Markle’s pregnancy at age 37. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), however, “advanced maternal age” is the accepted term for pregnancy in women aged 35 ...
  • I’ve been hearing about the use of menstrual cups as a method to get pregnant. What are they? Is it safe?
    April 30, 2019
    I’ve been hearing about the use of menstrual cups as a method to get pregnant. What are they? Is it safe?
    A new method for improving your chances of getting pregnant has been floating around parenting and TTC (trying to conceive) blogs recently: using a menstrual cup. According to an article in the publication, Parents, couples trying to get pregnant faster or trying to avoid expensive fertility treatments such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) have turned ...
  • Can I get pregnant if I have PCOS?
    April 17, 2019
    Can I get pregnant if I have PCOS?
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common health condition for women caused by a hormonal imbalance. PCOS causes your body to produce more androgens or testosterone than usual. This hormonal imbalance can affect your ovaries and lead to problems with menstruation and fertility. PCOS can cause your eggs to develop incorrectly or to not ...
  • I just read info on the Internet suggesting that if one is on Prolia for osteoporosis it is dangerous to stop. Any truth to that?
    April 4, 2019
    I just read info on the Internet suggesting that if one is on Prolia for osteoporosis it is dangerous to stop. Any truth to that?
    Denosumab (brand name Prolia) is a medication used to treat severe osteoporosis. It works by turning off the natural process of breaking down and reabsorbing bones. It is administered through a shot twice per year for up to 10 years. Denosumab has proven effective at building bone density and reducing spine and hip fractures. However, ...
  • What is the difference between Tymlos and Forteo?
    March 13, 2019
    What is the difference between Tymlos and Forteo?
    Teriparatide (brand name Forteo) and abaloparatide (brand name Tymlos) are medications used to treat osteoporosis. Forteo is a lab-made version of human parathyroid hormone (PTH) and Tymlos is a version of human parathyroid hormone-protein. These two drugs are both similar to the PTH that your body produces naturally. PTH stimulates the production of new bone ...
  • What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)? How can I prevent a UTI?
    February 27, 2019
    What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)? How can I prevent a UTI?
    A UTI is an infection in the urinary system. The infection can be in the bladder, where urine is stored (cystitis); in the urethra, the tube from the bladder out of the body (urethritis); or in the kidneys (nephritis). Almost half of all women will experience a urinary tract infection in their lifetimes. Most UTIs ...
  • Let’s talk about female barrier methods this Valentine’s Day.
    February 13, 2019
    Let’s talk about female barrier methods this Valentine’s Day.
    Internal Condom Internal condoms (also known as female condoms) are soft plastic pouches that you can insert into your vagina or anus to protect against pregnancy and STIs. Like external condoms—also  called male condoms—they create a barrier that prevents ejaculation (cum) from entering the vagina or anus. When worn correctly, they offer the same protection as ...