• 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
    I hear that during his confirmation hearing, Brett Kavanaugh referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.” Does birth control cause abortion?
    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 know ella and Esmya are chemically the same, so should I be worried about similar issues when taking ella?
    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?
    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?
    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?
    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 ...
  • How can I get an Addyi prescription if my insurance does not cover it?
    June 28, 2018
    How can I get an Addyi prescription if my insurance does not cover it?
    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
    Why have suicide rates amongst women increased more than twice as fast as men’s since 2010?
    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
    Why are women usually not tested for HPV until age 25?
    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 supplementing with formula after giving birth?
    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. Although ...
  • What is postpartum diastasis recti?
    May 30, 2018
    What is postpartum diastasis recti?
    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?
    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
    Are there ways to treat osteopenia without Fosteum?
    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 do doctors still use terbutaline to delay preterm labor despite its major health risks?
    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
    What kind of disorder is lichen sclerosus? Is it rare and can it become cancerous?
    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
    Why is the maternal mortality rate so high for Black women?
    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
    What is the birth control implant and how is it different from an IUD?
    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 ...
  • What kind of birthing choices do women have across the country in terms of midwives?
    March 22, 2018
    What kind of birthing choices do women have across the country in terms of midwives?
    In Ohio, it is illegal for a midwife to birth in a hospital, and a nurse midwife cannot birth in a home or birthing center. Is this a policy that is standard across the country? It seems women aren’t allowed many birthing choices. There are a few different licensing classifications for midwifery in the United States, ...
  • How will I know what the best remedy or drug is for treating my osteoporosis?
    March 15, 2018
    How will I know what the best remedy or drug is for treating my osteoporosis?
    Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, making bones more susceptible to breaking. Currently, the only method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis is a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) test, and unfortunately the pharmaceutical industry has been using DEXA to overdiagnose many women in ...
  • How does endometriosis affect my menstrual cycle?
    March 8, 2018
    How does endometriosis affect my menstrual cycle?
    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, so this question couldn’t have come at a better time! Symptoms of endometriosis are often written off as normal menstrual pain, so learning more about this condition is a great way to take charge of your health. Endometriosis is a condition that causes the tissue that normally lines the inside ...
  • Do women and men have significantly different symptoms for heart issues?
    March 1, 2018
    Do women and men have significantly different symptoms for heart issues?
    I have recently had emergency surgery to have a pacemaker installed due to the discovery that I had a level-3 heart block. I am okay and believe I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time but it made me start to think about women and heart issues. I wonder if ...