A study rating female attractiveness: the journal Fertility and Sterility publishes misogyny

I believe in science. I believe in the scientific method. I do not believe in medical studies that have doctors rate a woman's attractiveness. The title, so obscene I can barely type it, is: Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study (Fertility Sterility, September 2012). The main outcome measure? A graded attractiveness scale. …

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because "I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception," but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover …

The one horror story that’s missing when Canadians talk about health care

I just spent a week in Canada. Most days were spent enjoying the glory that is a Manitoba summer on the sandy shores of lake Winnipeg, the kids playing in the water and building sandcastles while the parents chatted. As often happens, when people find out that I'm a doctor, the conversation turns to medicine. …

A letter to Paul Ryan about forcible rape

Dear Vice Presidential Hopeful Ryan, I am somewhat perplexed at your condemnation of Todd Akin and his use of the term legitimate rape ("Outrageous," I think you called it). After all, it is clear that legitimate rape is a synonym for your no less insulting term forcible rape. And don't you try and wiggle out …

Did Todd Akin get his misinformation on rape and pregnancy from Physicians for Life?

By now everyone knows that Congressman Todd Akin (Missouri's 2nd District) thinks some rapes are legitimate and some are, well, apparently not legitimate. We also know that "what he understands from doctors" is that pregnancy from legitimate rape is "really rare" because women can block unwanted pregnancies through a stress response ("shut the whole thing …

My urine culture is negative, can I still have a bladder infection?

In a word, yes. And this is a difficult concept for many doctors to get because we have long been taught that the gold standard is culture. Let's back up a little. These are the symptoms of a bladder infection: needing to empty your bladder a lot (urinary frequency) when you gotta go, you gotta …

Can I get tested for a bladder infection while taking Azo? (phenazopyridine)

Approximately 12% of women report a bladder infection each year and 50% of women will have had a bladder infection by the age of 32. The burning can be hell, so many women take Azo (also called Pyridium or phenazopyridine ), a medication that helps bladder pain. The problem? There is a medical myth that …

US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit mandates that doctors lie to women about abortion

On Tuesday, July 24th the Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis allowed legislation that requires doctors provide women with false information about abortion. A quick recap... A law was passed in South Dakota requiring that doctors tell women seeking abortion that the procedure is associated with an increased risk of suicide. …

20% of kids in grade 9 have had oral sex or why your pre-teen should be vaccinated against HPV

Initiating the vaccine series for the human papilloma virus (HPV)┬áby age 11 or 12 is recommended, although many parents balk at a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted virus at this tenderly perceived age because, "12 year olds shouldn't be having sex" or better yet, "My 12-year-old won't be having sex." (Just to recap, HPV …

HPV vaccine may provide benefit even for women with a history of HPV-related disease

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, most cervical and vulvar cancers, and many anal cancers. HPV is particularly troublesome because even after optimal treatment recurrence is problematic. Never mind the ongoing risk of cancer, it often takes multiples visits with painful biopsies to closely monitor the situation. Many women …