Why does the Dept. of OB/GYN at the University of Utah offer a premarital exam for women?

Get ready for your wedding night with the University of Utah’s Department of OB/GYN! Say what??? Let me set the scene. There was a Reddit post two weeks ago from a woman whose fiancée insisted she have some kind of premarital exam checking her hymen to be performed by her father-in-law and witnessed by other […]

Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP recommend irrigating your rectum and colon with coffee. Don’t.

It seems January is Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to month for promoting dangerous things that should not go in or near an orifice. January 2016 brought us vagina steaming, January 2017 brought us jade eggs, and here we are in the early days of January 2018 and goop.com is hawking coffee enemas and promoting colonic irrigation. I suspect […]

Use your privilege and share one factual post on health every day

I admit I have been in a bit of a fugue since the election. The months before felt like one big game of whack-a-mole with lies about health care coming fast and furious from our now President Elect and his minions. Many in the press did not help. The media created headlines that offered the possibility […]

Lo Bosworth wants to eliminate vaginal shame with potentially harmful products

Today’s installment of gynecologist versus celebrity arrives courtsey of Lo Bosworth, who I must admit I had never heard of before this week. She is selling products for vaginal health and they concern me greatly. I am a board certfied gynecologist so I get to say that. Allie Jones from The Cut called earlier in the […]

TOM maxipads claim to convert water to oxygen and hydrogen for vaginal health. As an OB/GYN I say that’s a bad idea!

A new type of menstrual pad hopes to break into the American market. They are called TOM and that stands for either The Oxygen Movement or Time Of the Month depending I suppose on which demographic the company is trying to reach. According to an article in Slate TOM claims the “company’s proprietary formula absorbs […]

Gwyneth Paltrow is still steaming her vagina for $wellness. She’s still wrong. Here’s why.

In an interview with The Cut non gynecologist, Gwyneth Paltrow extolled the virtues of “vagina” steaming for wellness or something called “swellness.” Sigh. It’s this abuse of the term wellness that bothers just as much as the idea of “vagina” steaming. That wellness is about trying unproven yet expensive mystical therapies that must be healthy […]

I’m 50 today. This is what I know.

I’m 50 today. Here are some very important life lessons I’ve learned along the way. If you find a comfortable bra that fits buy three or four (or as many as you can afford). The joy of a well-fitted and comfortable bra can’t be overstated. If you buy enough when they get all stretchy (i.e. they […]

A Monsanto larvicide isn’t causing microcephaly in Brazil (or anywhere else)

The alarming number of babies with microcephaly in Brazil and other countries is definitely a cause for concern. While each day more and more evidence grows that it is related to infection with the Zika virus, definitive studies are still lacking. This sadly leaves room for conspiracy theories and the one currently making the rounds […]

Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed

Today the publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, wrote that the article “A wonder drug’s dark side” will be removed from the online site. This is 15 days after it was originally published. It obviously still lives on in print and in screen shots, but now at least no anti-vaccine groups will be […]

Explaining Gardasil girls and HPV vaccine safety to the Toronto Star and Heather Mallick

The Gardasil girls are a group of young women who claim injury as a direct result of receiving the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. They have received press on Katie Couric’s now defunct show and most recently in The Toronto Star (read my rebuttal to the Star piece here). No one is doubting that these girls have […]