What is a menstrual cup and why should I use one?

A menstrual cup is exactly what you think it is: a cup to catch menstrual fluid. The concept has been around since the 1930’s, but has recently become more popular. Some cups are made of rubber, but allergies to latex and other components of rubber are increasingly more common so the best option is a [...]

How to chose the right incontinence pad (and why it matters)

Urinary incontinence affects more than 30% of women. Staying dry and cleaning up after accidents is expensive. The average annual cost of pads, laundry, and dry cleaning for a woman with urinary incontinence is $900 a year. Many women are not getting the best protection for their money because they chose menstrual pads over incontinence [...]

The GOP debate in Iowa reveals the candidates have no grasp of reproductive health

The debate in Iowa was an opportunity for the GOP hopefuls to showcase their stand against abortion, because there's nothing better than a pissing match about reproductive health to rally the fundraisers and fill the war chest. Here are some quotes from the evening: Rick Santorum on why abortion should be illegal, even in the [...]

What is the best method of birth control?

Now that co-payments are (hopefully) falling by the wayside for birth control, it's time to think less about cost and more about failure rates, because not all methods of birth control are equal. There are many factors to consider when choosing a method of birth control. Some people dislike the idea of hormones while others [...]

The effect of malpractice claims on c-sections. It’s worse than you think.

I got mail from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today. I get a lot of mail from them. Together we are responsible for much deforestation. For example, I would be happy NOT to get a print version of the Green Journal as they promptly go into a pile from whence they will never [...]

Lipitor OTC? Why the FDA needs to stop being Big Pharma’s whipping boy

It's been all over the news. Pfizer is seeking to do what the magicians at Merck failed to conjure up with Mevacor, get an over-the-counter (OTC) approval for their statin Lipitor. NEWS FLASH: THEY ARE NOT DOING THIS TO BENEFIT SOCIETY (I know, a complete shocker to you all). Big Pharma only bellies back up [...]

Twitter is a microcosm of our attitudes to domestic violence

Frieda, adopted from a shelter. About 12 yrs old now. Missing one leg. I see a lot of tweets from animal shelters about needing help with funds/food as well as about finding homes. All of this is, of course, wonderful. But I don't see many requests for funds and support from domestic violence shelters. I [...]

The hypocrisy of banning drop down cribs and not cigarettes

Here’s the bottom line. Smoking kills babies. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2010 tells us just how lethal. This is an excellent study. The researchers looked at the US linked Birth/Infant Data Set, a record of all births in the US (they used the 2002 data set), excluding multiple [...]

Post baby sex: what to do when it hurts

It’s eight weeks since the baby was born. The condoms and water-based lube beckon from the nightstand, the baby is actually sleeping, and there is finally a glimmer of libido. The problem? That was the exact scenario last night, but when you tried having sex you had to stop because it hurt so much. Some [...]

Why shouldn’t you douche? Because the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven.

The folks at Summer's Eve seem determined to convince women that douching is needed. This latest ad (see below) says some of the reasons are that the vagina is the cradle of life and men have fought and died for it. And of course, my favorite, douching is showing the vagina a little love. However, douching isn't [...]