Vaginal wind – what’s the cause of queefing?

As a pelvic floor and vaginitis expert I am referred several patients a year who have concerns about excessive vaginal wind. It is unknown how many women have this concern as many don't discuss it out of embarrassment. Physical manipulation causes air to move in and out of the vagina (for example with intercourse or with …

How many birth control pills do women really miss a month?

While oral contraceptives (birth control pills) remain the most popular reversible method of contraception in the United States, incorrect use is unfortunately common. In fact, one million unintended pregnancies occur every year from pill user failure. Unintended.mistimed pregnancies are a serious health issue in the United States. The public cost is more than $11 billion …

When abortion is free and legal why does a woman do it at home and die?

Authorities in the United Kingdom have revealed that Catherine Furey, a mother of five, died from a home abortion. The reports are that she drank an "industrial strength" vinegar (vinegar is acetic acid). Her sister-in-law, who apparently handed her the vinegar and who, the Manchester Evening News reports has learning difficulties, was initially charged with …

Long acting contraceptive implant dramatically reduces repeat teen pregnancies

Teen pregnancies cost the taxpayer $11 billion a year. When a teen has a baby she has up a 12% to 49% chance of having another baby within the same year. Having two teenage births dramatically increases the risk of a premature delivery and a stillbirth with the second baby as well as further decreases the …

Persistent pain after a c-section: when is it muscle pain and what can you do?

I am really surprised by the number of hits I get from people trying to find out more about chronic pain post c-section. Although I suppose I shouldn't be, because I see women with chronic pain every day and it takes years for most to get an answer (i.e. they don't get an answer until …

Arizona steps up the war on women using Medicaid as a weapon again Roe

On Friday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the Queen of misogyny herself, signed the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act (HB 2800) into law. This law states that: "THIS STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH OR MAKE A GRANT TO ANY PERSON THAT PERFORMS NONFEDERALLY QUALIFIED ABORTIONS …

Messing with reproductive health, Texas style

The Texas Women’s Health Program provides uninsured low income women between the ages of 18 and 44 with Pap smears, STD screening, breast exams, and contraception. Under a rule adopted March 14, 2012 WHP providers must certify they do not "perform or affiliate with an entity that performs or promotes elective abortions." As the Federal …

Georgia passes an abortion bill filled with bad medicine and a 1st year med student mistake

The Georgia legislature passed a new abortion bill (HB 954). Yet another law (it’s only a matter of time before it’s signed) governing the practice of medicine based on nothing resembling science. The issues: Fetal pain. The law will make Georgia the seventh state to enact a gestational age limit based on the false belief …

Thoughts on winning my own personal hunger games

Last week I had what can only be described as the cold virus from hell. Headache, fever, body aches, and congestion so bad that my eyes were leaking. I also lost 6 lbs. Now you might think that all of those are pretty typical symptoms for a Hades bred adenovirus; however, I have never, ever …

Cancer v. the Constitution

The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once. She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately …