“Hot pants! DIY Gynecology” is a Hot Mess

A few weeks ago someone suggested I take a look at the book Hot Pants! Do It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies. After reading all 95 pages a more apt title would be From Camelot to the Clap, Ancient Gynecology for a Modern Woman. A Herbalist and a Radio Activist turn Fables into Feminism. Because that, […]

Scented latex underwear to improve “freshness” for oral sex? It’s a vagina, not a Yankee Candle.

Lorals is trying to raise money on Indiegogo for latex underwear for women to wear during oral sex. My first impression was this could be an alternative to dental dams or cut up condoms! A hands free approach that does not require scissors would be great. And then I watched the video. Lorals isn’t going […]

Removing pubic hair may increase your risk of herpes and genital warts

Anyone who is a regular reader of mine, either here on Twitter, knows I have long been skeptical of the safety of pubic hair removal. We evolved to have pubic hair and we have no data to say that we have outgrown that need as we have wisdom teeth. The current thinking is that pubic […]

Condoms: a strategy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition in which the normal hydrogen peroxide producing lactobacilli in the vagina are depleted, resulting in an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, Gardnerella, and Mycoplasma. In other words, the good bacteria (which are the gate keepers and control the vaginal ecosystem) are replaced by the bad bacteria. BV causes an annoying, […]

IgM blood test for herpes. Just say no.

Routine screening blood tests for herpes are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. When I say routine screening I mean a scenario such as, “I want to get checked for everything, ok?” Blood tests for herpes do have a place in specific clinical situations, but that’s for another post. But say you did […]

I’ve already had HPV, should I still get the vaccine?

Thanks to Michael Douglas human papilloma virus (HPV), and HPV prevention, has been a topic of conversation. One great tool for prevention is the vaccine, which has the possibility to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate) infection with the major pathogenic types of HPV. A question that I am often asked is, “Should I get the HPV vaccine […]

HPV vaccine almost eliminates genital warts for young women, new study

While the HPV vaccine is an important weapon against cervical cancer, one of the vaccines (Gardasil) also provides coverage against HPV types 6 and 11, which cause genital warts. As this vaccine targets 4 types of HPV (16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer as well as 6 and 11) it is called a quadrivalent […]

Abortion, health care, HPV, chronic pain: what I’ve learned from my most popular posts of 2012

I published 97 posts in 2012 and during the year my blog was viewed approximately 970,000 times.  I’m humbled that anyone took the time to read anything that I wrote. Some posts were read by a couple of hundred people and some posts by a couple of hundred thousand. I don’t think the writing on […]

Contraception, medical care, and the cult of the individual

When I was the director of undergraduate medical education for OB/GYN at a Midwestern university (a state school), it came to my attention that a medical student was refusing to have anything to do with contraception as it was against her religion. So I spoke with her. I explained that over the course of her […]