Can you pass a grade 8 sex ed test?

My two 14-year-old boys are finishing up their sex ed module today. As an OB/GYN I’m very impressed with the breadth of the subject matter. Their public middle school devoted four weeks of science classes to sexual education. I asked my kids if everything they learned made them more or less interested in sex. Obviously […]

What more does the NFL need to prove they must take a stand on domestic violence?

The weekend 22-year-old Kassandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs’ player Jovan Belcher, who committed suicide shortly thereafter. The Chiefs played the Carolina Panthers today, a team that shares a domestic violence tragedy of similar magnitude. Rae Carruth was a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers when he arranged to have Cherica Adams, who […]

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 […]

The neurochemistry of love: put your passion to the test

According to functional MRI scanners, love isn’t an emotion it is activation of the reward center (it’s all about the forebrain, baby). And new love (the first 7 months to be precise) produces a similar chemical response to opioids. I suppose it’s not a surprise, after all poets and song writers have described the euphoria […]

Why Obama is wrong about Plan B and why it matters

The President threw his support behind Kathleen Sebelius and her decision not to allow Plan B (emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill) to be sold over-the-counter to adolescents 16 and younger. (Currently anyone 17 or older can buy Plan B). He stated the following: “The reason Kathleen made this decision is that […]

5 guaranteed ways to start your period

Your period is late. We’ve all been there. Whether you are worried you are pregnant, bloated as hell, or you figure there is enough oil in your chin to save the Alaska wilderness from drilling, there are all days when we wish the damn thing would just start already. Well, here are 5 guaranteed ways […]