- 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 ...
- I hear that during his confirmation hearing, Brett Kavanaugh referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.” Does birth control cause abortion?
September 14, 2018
When asked about his dissent in the Priests for Life case, Brett Kavanaugh said that by filling out a form the employer did not want to be “complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs.” This rhetoric, conflating contraception and abortion, is used by anti-choice activists to intentionally confuse the issue.
Simply put – no, birth ...
- I know ella and Esmya are chemically the same, so should I be worried about similar issues when taking ella?
August 22, 2018
I just read about the FDA refusing to approve Esmya because of safety issues, and I’m concerned. I know ella and Esmya are chemically the same, so should I be worried about similar issues when taking ella?
Both ella and Esmya contain the chemical compound ulipristal acetate, a selective progesterone receptor modulator. Selective progesterone receptor modulators ...
- Is it true that women are more negatively affected by medical devices than men?
August 8, 2018
Is it true that women are more negatively affected by medical devices than men?
When it comes to clinical trials of new drugs and medical devices, all too often, it’s still a man’s world. For decades, most biomedical research focused on men, including research on medical devices intended for both men and women.
According to the Food ...
- I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). What are the side effects of a vaginal/pelvic mesh treatment?
August 1, 2018
I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). What are the side effects of a vaginal/pelvic mesh treatment?
If you’ve been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, you are far from alone: research indicates up to 50 percent of women over the age of 50 experience POP, which occurs when organs sag or fall into the vaginal ...
- Bayer has recently announced they will remove Essure from the market, but my doctor has just recommended Essure as permanent birth control since it will be available until the end of the year… what should I know?
July 25, 2018
Bayer has recently announced they will remove Essure from the market, but my doctor has just recommended Essure as permanent birth control since it will be available until the end of the year… what should I know?
Let’s start with the basics. Essure is a permanent birth control procedure, where two metal spring-like devices made of ...
- What does Trump’s Supreme Court nominee mean for the future of women’s health?
July 12, 2018
What does Trump’s Supreme Court nominee mean for the future of women’s health? I’m extremely worried about the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Trump campaigned with a promise to conservatives that he would fill the federal courts from the top down with judges to their liking, securing a conservative judiciary for generations to come. ...
- How can I get an Addyi prescription if my insurance does not cover it?
June 28, 2018
My doctor prescribed me Addyi for HSDD and I cannot afford it and my insurance does not cover it. Any ideas how I can get the prescription?
Our compliments to you for exploring ways to make your sexual experience more satisfying. Too many cultural forces give women the message that their sexuality is about something other ...
- Why have suicide rates amongst women increased more than twice as fast as men’s since 2010?
June 20, 2018
Nearly 45,000 Americans over the age of 10 died by suicide in 2016. This is more than double the number of Americans who died by homicide in the same year.
The general consensus amongst top experts is that very little is known about why women’s suicide rates are growing so quickly. There is never a single ...
- Why are women usually not tested for HPV until age 25?
June 13, 2018
I am 21 years old and I am about to go to my first gynecologist appointment. Along with my annual Pap test, I wanted to get tested for sexually transmitted infections. I’ve heard before that doctors usually won’t screen for HPV until a patient is 25 years old even though it’s really common. Why is ...
- Should I delay supplementing with formula after giving birth?
June 7, 2018
Should I delay using formula to feed my baby after giving birth? After giving birth to my last child, I was pressured into signing an agreement saying I would delay supplemental feeding, even if I was unable to produce enough breast milk or any at all. I was hesitant to sign and was very confused.
- What is postpartum diastasis recti?
May 30, 2018
Many women suffer from diastasis recti after pregnancy. It is a muscular surgical repair that is almost never covered by insurance for women, though it is often covered for men. It causes considerable physical discomfort for the women who suffer from it. Do you have any advocacy in that area?
Diastasis recti (DR) is much more ...
- Is it true that people with blonde or red hair are more likely to develop melanoma?
May 22, 2018
Is it true that people with blonde or red hair are more likely to develop melanoma? If so, what steps should I take to make sure I am protecting myself and decreasing my risk?
Melanoma, which develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, has been dubbed the most serious type of skin cancer by the ...
- Are there ways to treat osteopenia without Fosteum?
May 16, 2018
I’ve just been diagnosed with osteopenia. The doctor is prescribing Fosteum, a plant-based estrogen. From reading, I found not much testing has been done on this drug. What is the alternative drug and how effective is it and side effects?
Fosteum, classed as a “medical food” by the FDA, is often used to treat osteopenia and ...
- Why do doctors still use terbutaline to delay preterm labor despite its major health risks?
April 26, 2018
Why would medical doctors continue to use terbutaline in preterm labor therapy when there is a serious neurological dysfunction long term outcome to many of the children? Where are the resources for the children and parents of these children who are severely disabled all of their lives because of this therapy?
Terbutaline is a medication used ...
- What kind of disorder is lichen sclerosus? Is it rare and can it become cancerous?
April 18, 2018
Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that mainly affects postmenopausal women, although premenopausal women and men can still experience the condition. It causes irritated skin around external genitalia such as the vulva, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive. Women experiencing lichen sclerosus often experience ...
- Why is the maternal mortality rate so high for Black women?
April 12, 2018
April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week, organized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The campaign, which runs from April 11th through the 17th, aims to “amplify the voices of Black mamas, women, families, and stakeholders.” Black women’s exposure to racism can have severely detrimental health effects, such as the maternal mortality rate being three ...
- What is the birth control implant and how is it different from an IUD?
March 29, 2018
A birth control implant is a small, thin rod the size of a matchstick that releases hormones which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. These implants are inserted under the skin into the upper arm area by a nurse or doctor, and they can last for up to 4 years. They are not the same ...