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I prescribe a lot of birth control. A LOT. Not surprising – over 60% of college students use The Pill as a form a birth control, and they have to get it from somewhere, right?
There are some things I have to ask about when you come to me for a pill prescription. Medical history, smoking history, menstrual history, sexual history. And I’ll ask you whether you have a history of migraines.
Common response: “Not too often” – said chirpily, almost dismissively. So…that’s a yes, then?
As you may or may not have heard, “migraine” is not synonymous with “really bad headache”. (more…)
When you buy your ticket on the hormonal roller coaster, affectionately known as menopause, I have some bad news: Sorry, you probably won’t be making a stop at splash mountain. Nope, menopause brings lots of unexpected twists and turns and one big secret, your Va Jay Jay will be a lot dryer.
Ok, using correct terminology, the vagina gets a lot drier and less able to expand and stretch and, well, have fun.
Can You Say Sahara?
Yes, there will be more wrinkles, but you knew that. What many of my patients are surprised by is how dry their skin is, especially in their vaginas. The once healthy, pink, soft and flexible, stretchy accordion-like folds begin to thin out and are less flexible. And, what’s worse, now that you don’t have to worry about pregnancy, all of a sudden, your ability to lubricate recedes like a middle-aged man’s hairline. (more…)
Some women barely have any symptoms and sail right through. Others have more severe symptoms. How do you know if you’re heading toward menopause, in the midst or past it. Here are the 10 questions that will help you determine where you are.
If you answered YES to 2 or more of these questions, then honey, you’re in the midst of the hormonal roller coaster that is also known as Menopause. (more…)
Are you waking up in the middle of the night because you’re too warm, or notice sweat on the back of your neck? Maybe you’re drenched and have to change your PJs? If you’re thinking that there are too many blankets on the bed and turning down the thermostat to arctic levels just to sleep, then you may be having Night Sweats.
Sorry to say, but these pesky personal saunas and steamy nightmares that are making a full night’s sleep just a fleeting and unfulfilled dream are one of the first signs that you may have just jumped aboard the hormonal roller coaster known as Menopause.
Here’s a handy communication tool I received in a mass email. This is for men who love someone dealing with hormonal swings from PMS or Menopause.
If you’re a risk taker, then by all means stay in the Red zone of communication. If you want to live a longer healthier life, then steer toward the Right side of the guide. In any case, there are some fool proof phrases here to keep the peace. (more…)
Last night a friend of mine brought over her mammogram report and asked me what it meant and what she should do. She had been informed that her breasts were dense, but wasn’t told what it meant, what the next steps were and what she should do.
Though there’s a law on the books in many states that requires that women be notified of their breast density, often their health care providers aren’t making recommendations about what they should do next.
Recently, I ran into one of my son’s teachers, who we’ll call Lora, at the vegetable market. She’s 24 weeks pregnant and thrilled but after hearing her story of the drama of receiving very scary genetic screening test results, I suggested we go grab a cup of tea.
She needed to talk. Everything in her life changed abruptly when she got a phone message on a Friday afternoon (which is even worse!) that there might be a problem and she’d need more testing. What she ultimately found out was that all of the terror and uncertainty that took weeks to resolve could have been avoided. (We’ll get to that in a minute). (more…)
I was just drinking my coffee this morning and got a frantic call from a friend. He just met someone who is fabulous and he’s very attracted to her, there’s just one complication. She told him she has herpes and he’s petrified. Now what? He doesn’t want to risk getting the infection.
Help! My new boyfriend or girlfriend has Herpes
This is a scenario that gets repeated thousands of times every day. So if you’re in this situation, you’re not alone and here’s what you need to know. (more…)
Can Women find Confidence After Breast Cancer Surgery?
“Life-changing” and “traumatic” are words many patients use to describe their breast cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, through medical advances, women can often be cured of their cancers, joining a resilient and growing group of breast cancer survivors. They can also explore a variety of procedures to reconstruct their missing breasts, building confidence after a challenging time in their lives.
This is a guest post by Dr. Sean Wright, MD., F.A.C.S., a reconstructive plastic surgeon who trained at Harvard and is now practicing in the Philadelphia area. We’re featuring a variety of guest authors and perspectives on health issues and are delighted to share his piece with you. (more…)
This bra, that I decorated myself after a trip to Michaels, helps remind me that you can’t always tell by looking what’s inside with just a mammogram. And, likewise a clinical exam or self breast exam may miss an early breast cancer.
Finding breast cancer as early as possible
As a clinician, I worry about missing an early breast cancer that could be lurking within or may be too difficult to see on a mammogram. Don’t get me wrong, mammograms are the First and Best step for breast cancer screening and yet, there are times when we must look differently and go beyond so that we find breast cancer as early as possible. (more…)