Why I disagree with the AMA over the need for physicians to be board certified

Full disclosure. I have 4 board certifications and dutifully do all of the required reading, continuing medical education (CME) and recertification exams to maintain my status (I am board certified in OB/GYN in both the US and Canada as well as board certified in pain medicine by both the American Board of Pain Medicine, ABPM, …

The medical nonsense and dangerous precedent of Mississippi’s abortion bill HB 1390

On July 1, 2012 House Bill 1390, signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant, will take effect. This law is designed to restrict the practice of medicine at abortion clinics to such a degree that no provider or clinic can meet the requirements. HB 1390 spells out it's purpose very clearly in the first lines: …

Restricting Plan B OTC sales to 17 and over affects everyone and protects no one

This weekend I tried to buy Plan B over the counter at a Rite Aid and was denied. Let me explain. It wasn’t for me, I have a Paraguard and my boyfriend had a vasectomy. Basically, the chance of me getting pregnant is so astronomically impossible that we’d be pimping the story out to every …

Thoughts on giving up Diet Coke. Again.

My name is Dr. Jennifer Gunter and I am a Diet Coke addict. I had my last drink on Sunday, June 17th, around 6 pm. The photo is the Diet Coke that I drank that day. The last addition to the graveyard of my addiction. Now many of you might think my use of addiction in describing …

Why should anti-choice politicians focus on Roe when the states are such easy pickings?

My last post detailed a case in which a young woman with a serious heart condition required a pregnancy termination for medical reasons. She ended up at the State hospital because they offer "free care." Many of you know that the idea of "free care" at a State hospital is unfortunately a common belief, but …

When a politician decides if the life of the mother is at risk

“I have a 20-year-old with what I can only describe as a poorly repaired heart defect and, uh, suboptimal follow-up,” the cardiologist’s voice was rushed. “That’s no good,” I said. “Yeah, well, it gets worse. She had baby two years ago. Went into heart failure around 36 weeks. I’ve got the records. I have no …

Are you at risk for condom breakage?

Condom breakage is far more common than people think. In several studies of college aged men 29-32% report at least one episode of condom breakage within the past three months. For men who reported condom breakage, this happened 15-27% of the time. Basically condoms are failing for a lot of guys (and their partners) way …

The top 10 mistakes men make with condoms

Studies of condom use offer great insight into why we continue to have a high rate of unplanned pregnancies in this country as well as continued problems with sexually transmitted diseases. In "perfect use" situations the failure rate of condoms is about 3%, however, perfect use is sadly not the norm. With that in mind, …

Tubal ligation does not cause early menopause: beware the hormone “experts”

Hormones are peddled by many practitioners as well as by the Goddess of estrogen herself, Suzanne Somers, as the fountain of youth. However, if hormones were actually proven to be that wonderful/amazing/effective/risk-free via evidence based medicine, well, uh, everyone would be dishing them out like candy. While there definitely are specific instances where hormone replacement …

How I became a runner and what I learned along the way

I am not a natural athlete, not by any stretch. In high school it was math and science that seemed effortless, so I took the easy route: academics. I remember dreading P.E. class, but especially any time we had to run. I was always dead last. Over the years of college, medical school, and residency …