Rx for Change: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD and Charlea T. Massion, MD  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is another name for “chronic oligoanovulation”—irregular or absent ovulation resulting in  irregular or absent menstruation. PCOS may be associated with ovaries that have multiple cysts; hyperandrogenism (increased DHEA and/or testosterone); excessive facial or body hair (hirsuitism); acne; and weight gain. Diabetes, … Continued

Rx for Change: Changing the Culture Around Urinary Tract Infections

By Nancy Worcester and Mariamne Whatley Many women may be surprised to discover that what they know about Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) treatment and what, previously, seemed to serve them well is being questioned and may no longer be recommended. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria and can be treated by antibiotics. Until recently, the … Continued

Rx for Change: Alternatives for Chronic Pain

By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion We’ve previously discussed the risks of opioids, and how pharmaceutical companies have encouraged over-prescription of these drugs that has created an opioid addiction epidemic. But what’s a person in pain to do? First of all, drop the idea that opioids are the best treatment for chronic pain. Except for … Continued

RX for Change: Jane’s History Resonates

When I decided to write The Story of Jane, a history of Chicago’s underground, feminist abortion service that operated before Roe v. Wade, I had a few goals in mind: first, the Abortion Counseling service, aka Jane, was an important piece of the women’s movement’s history that needed to be better known. I also thought … Continued

RX for Change: Medicare 101

For months I’ve been training as a Medicare counselor with my State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Too often, when I’m answering questions about Medicare, an iron gate seems to drop over people’s eyes. So, I thought I’d give you a simple explanation of the two ways you can get your Medicare benefits. Medicare, a … Continued

RX for Change: Abortion Disconnect

Whenever I hear a pro-choice politician say, “No one is pro-abortion,” I want to shout, “Excuse me but I’m pro-abortion, and I am not alone.”  I’m pro-abortion in the same way I’m pro-organ transplant or any other medical procedure: when you need one, you should be able to get one.  The fuzzy thinking that even … Continued

RX for Change: Bending the Old Saw

There’s an old saw that says: The right cares only about individuals and not about people in the aggregate, while the left cares only about people in the aggregate and not about individuals. Sadly, in my own life, the old saw has all too often been true. When my cousin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, … Continued