Choose an incontinence pad for incontinence, not a menstrual pad

Many women use menstrual pads to manage their urinary incontinence. I understand this line of thinking. First of all, they’re almost always familiar with the product. In addition, if they are not menopausal or are just on the other side of menopause they may have menstrual pads around the house. However, many women also tell […]

A menstrual pad with ground up dirt will not help your period pain

Nanotechnology. Am I right? Sigh. And with that I introduce to you the NannoPad™ with “nannogenic™” technology from nanoparticles. Here is the NannoPad™ sales pitch…. So much stupid and snake oil and skulduggery to unpack here, but as God is my witness I am going to give it a try. “Organically occurring earth elements” Mmmmk. […]

Comparing period cramps with heart attacks isn’t useful or accurate

There is an article in Quartz about period pain (menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea). While I agree many people, especially doctors, don’t take painful periods seriously enough I disagree with the assertion that we don’t know much about painful cramps. I’m also not a fan of comparing period pain to heart attacks. Heart attacks are not that […]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s toxic tampon advice

Dear Ms. Paltrow, It was less than 48 hours ago that I responded to your posting on porous rocks for the vagina and yet here we are again addressing another fact-deficient and potentially harmful bit of gynecological advice from GOOP. I feel as if I am being trolled, although that’s probably just wishful thinking as I doubt […]

Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea

Dear Ms. Paltrow, I’ve been reading all about the jade eggs you are selling on GOOP for $55-66 a pop and the corresponding interview with a jade egg enthusiast. I have tried not to respond to this hot mess, after all a man who leers at naked 15 year-olds and brags about sexual assault is about […]

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 […]

Livia isn’t a new off switch for period pain, it’s an expensive TENS unit

I’ve been asked so many times about Livia in the past month that I figured it’s time for me to just post on it. The makers of the device claim it is an “off switch for period pain” and that it is a “new device.” It’s neither. What Livia appears to be is a TENS […]

Vaginal marijuana for menstrual cramps: the grass isn’t always greener

Foria wants you to know they are selling vaginal suppositories of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) called Fiora Relief for menstrual cramps. Each suppository contains 60 mg of THC and 10 mg of CBD. Foria claims they can treat the pain of menstrual cramps and endometriosis. Is this possible? THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are compounds found […]

Don’t “detox” your vagina or uterus with a bag of herbs in your vagina. Really.

I woke up to someone forwarding this tweet: Your vagina (and your man), will thank you after you use these https://t.co/9Wx4fIEH0m pic.twitter.com/XscBbvmPOh — xoNecole (@xonecole) January 12, 2016     Yes, some company is selling tiny bags of herbs (they call them pearls) to stuff in the vagina for 3 days to cleanse your uterus […]

LOONCUP the “Smart” menstrual cup is a Kickstarter Staff Pick. A GYN says it’s all wrong.

Every few weeks someone e-mails me the latest vaginocentric Kickstarter campaign to review. I was first alerted to this week’s contestant, LOONCUP, by Morgan Shanahan from BuzzFeed. She asked my opinion and I will confess, I laughed out loud watching the video. Then I showed it to two more OB/GYNs who shared my mix of […]