- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
- I have breast implants and over the last 2 and a half years I have developed over 30 illness symptoms. I came across a group called ‘breast implant illness’ and to my surprise there are thousands of women suffering in silence like me! I need more information on BII and the risks of breast implants.
February 4, 2019
We agree 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 women, and yet, we still don’t know exactly what kind of problems they can ...
- I’ve got a question about estrogen creams. My provider has recommended I use Estrace vaginal cream and I wanted to check in about the carcinogenic effects of doing something like this.
January 15, 2019
Some postmenopausal women experience vaginal pain or discomfort when they have intercourse or a gynecological exam. Vaginal tissues can become thinner after menopause, causing dryness and itching. For some women, regular intercourse or other sexual stimulation is enough to keep the vagina supple, while other women find that vaginal lubricants prevent discomfort that might otherwise ...
- Have you ever heard of AlgaeCal? I’m being deluged with ads saying any nutrient supplied in natural form such as from plants is better absorbed than nutrients supplied from rocks.
December 19, 2018
AlgaeCal is a calcium supplement produced by AlgaeCal Inc. that is made from red algae. AlgaeCal claims that their supplements slow bone loss, increase bone density, and are easily digestible. They say that because the algae plant draws calcium and minerals from seawater, the calcium is “pre-digested” and is more bio-accessible and “bone cell friendly.”
- What is PrEP?
December 12, 2018
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is when people take medicine to lower their risk of getting HIV. HIV works by hijacking healthy immune system cells and using them to produce more of the virus. PrEP prevents the virus from taking hold and starting that process. Currently, a combination of two HIV drugs, tenofovir and ...
- What is a colonic? Is it beneficial?
November 29, 2018
Colonics, also known as colonic irrigation or colon hydrotherapy, are used to flush out large portions of the bowel system. Colonics are controversial when used for continuous bowel cleanses because of the risks associated with them.
Colonics are different from enemas. While enemas can be done at home and are a one-time infusion, colonics involve multiple ...
- What is the endometrial stripe and how is it connected to uterine cancer?
November 8, 2018
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are five main types of cancer that affect women’s reproductive organs. These are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers, with uterine cancer affecting 50,600 women in the United States each year.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer because it ...
- I have been hearing about an app called Natural Cycles. What is it? Is it an effective method of contraception?
October 25, 2018
Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. It is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in which users track their ovulation cycles in order to avoid pregnancy.
It is one of several dozen fertility apps available ...
- What is the most recent information on the HPV vaccine?
October 11, 2018
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most prominent sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Over 100 different strains of HPV can be passed along from partner to partner and while not all of them cause cancer, many still cause genital warts or cervical lesions. The Gardasil HPV vaccine is designed to protect against ...
- I’ve seen a lot more advertising for organic, cotton tampons. Is there something wrong with current brands? Is 100% cotton better?
October 1, 2018
It’s incredibly important to know what you are putting in your body, especially your vagina. Vaginas are highly sensitive and knowing how to take care of them, clean them, and protect them from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) are necessary skills. In the US, 70% of women use tampons, and most do so without concern. The ...