Gynecology survival guide for the zombie apocalypse

You never know when the zombie apocalypse might be upon us. The CDC has excellent information on general survival skills, but they neglected to include crucial GYNO information. Sure, clean drinking water and 3 days of food is important and all, but let's face it, you don't want the natural disaster to spread to your reproductive [...]

Are condoms with spermicide a good idea?

You are standing in the grocery store staring at the overwhelming selection of condoms. The last time you had sex there was an unfortunate incident involving breakage and you are eager to avoid the pregnancy panic and STD scare that ensued. You look at the condoms with spermicide thinking that extra-protection sounds like a good [...]

I can only have an orgasm with a vibrator. Is that normal?

I probably get asked this question once a week (and I suspect many more women want to ask, but sadly for some it's just too hard to discuss vibrators or even orgasms). BTW, the fact that we can be subject to TV ads for Viagra and Cialis during every sporting event, but vibrator ads are [...]

Oprah signs off and doctors everywhere rejoice

Oprah is gone. Although she still has her magazine and her very OWN cable channel, so she's not really gone. She's more gone in the way you see a really rich kid a little less often because her family sold the mansion that was closest to your neighborhood. However, that rich kid still has two [...]

Some birth control pills have a higher risk of blood clots. Is yours one of them?

Most birth control pills contain 2 hormones: estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone). These hormones prevent ovulation thereby providing highly effective birth control. However, the estrogen in the pill increases the risk of blood clots. Blood clots (venous thrombosis) can cause painful leg swelling and sometime, a clot can travel to [...]

Fact or fiction: Does the pill cause weight gain?

It's something OB/GYNs hear time after time. "I don't want the pill. I read that it causes weight gain." Is that fact or fiction? The problem with answering this question is the pill is often started around a time when there is life changes...starting college, entering a new relationship, so it is hard to know [...]

4 common IUD myths dispelled

The intrauterine device (IUD) is the most effective, reversible form of contraception - the failure rate is 1%. For the record, the pill has a failure rate of 3-15% depending on how good a pill taker you turn out to be! Unfortunately, IUDs are underused in the United States; less than 3% of American women use [...]