Dear Sister Veit, does your health plan cover Viagra for non procreative sex?

Dear Sister Veit, As an OB/GYN I have been following with some interest your challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, Zubik v. Burwell.  I read your impassioned Op-Ed in the New York Times about your position in which you say contraception is “wrong.” That to even allow a 3rd party to handle contraception for your employees […]

Ben Carson unveils plan to stop abortions: daycare for children of “uneducated” women

Dr. Ben Carson was on The View today and said this: “A lot of those young girls who are having babies out-of-wedlock — when they have that first baby, they stop their education and that child is four times as likely to grow up in poverty.” He then babbled on about daycare and GEDs and clearly […]

Is Essure safe or are we not so sure?

Essure is a device used for permanent sterilization. It is a nickel-titanium alloy coil placed through the uterus into the Fallopian tube and causes scaring that the blocks the tubes. The upside is that it is a relatively short office procedure when performed by a skilled practitioner that does not require surgery to enter the […]

The Daily Beast says an over-the-counter-pill isn’t safe. Science says they’re wrong.

The Daily Beast has published what I can only describe as a hack job on the quest of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) to go over-the-counter OTC). The piece opines that it isn’t safe for women to take OCPs without a prescription from a doctor and intimates that a lot of women are at risk […]

My GYNO says I can’t have an IUD. Is she right?

I hear this fairly often – women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD (yeah!) and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32% of OB/GYNs […]

Nightly news speaks more to Catholic Church about contraception than OB/GYNs. A lot more.

An interesting poster was presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) – National Network Television News Coverage of Contraception in the Era of the Affordable Care Act (Dr. Elizabeth Patton and colleagues from the University of Michigan). The authors  evaluated the content of the nightly news segments […]

Sterilization camp in India kills 11 women – a government funded slaughterhouse

The reports from India read more like the review of a horror movie rather than a detailing of a government funded surgical program – 83 women receiving a surgical sterilization leaving 11 dead and another 50 hospitalized, 20 of whom (as of this posting) are seriously ill. And all of this happened in six hours with one surgeon at a government […]

9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to […]

GOP candidates suggest OTC birth control pills – right idea, wrong reason

Four Republican candidates running for office this November have proposed over the counter (OTC) oral contraceptives as an answer to GOP opposition to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Apparently Corey Gardner, CO, Ed Gillespie, VA,  Thom Tillis, NC, and Mike McFadden ,MN, now have now seen the light and are invested in […]