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Medical Questions:

I can’t answer those directly. If you leave a question in a comment on a post here there is a chance I might use it for a future article and therefore answer your question indirectly. It is always good for me to know what questions people have (there is a freedom online that allows some people to ask a question they just don’t feel they can in person). Your questions do inform my writing.

You can ask questions via the New York Times.  I answer one each week in my column, You Asked. Here’s the link: https://www.nytimes.com/ask/womens-health?module=inline

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You can also always (or so it seems) find me on Twitter @DrJenGunter, but I don’t answer individual medical questions!

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66 Comments

  1. Hello, Dr. Gunter – I have followed your posts and even re-posted a couple to my blog….. with a link back to yours. I have a radio show called ‘Holy Hormones Honey!’ and I am wondering if you will consider doing an interview with me on your latest post ‘When abortion is free and legal why does a woman do it at home and die?’ My show airs on Monday nights from 6 to 7 pm MST. Your explanation on why woman still do home abortions is excellent. My email is leslie@holyhormones.com. Glad you are wielding the lasso of truth. Am trying to do the same. Kind regards, Leslie

  2. Jen! You may not remember me, but we worked together at KU in the Overland Park office back in the early 2000s. Imagine my surprise when I was researching vitamin E for breast pain and came across your blog! The last I heard, you were going to Colorado. Are you still there?

    I’m now running a healthcare company that specializes in services for military and VA facilities. As I’m sure you know, with all of our female veterans now, women’s health is a very big area for the government. I’ve actually thought of you several times when hearing some of the stories from our veterans. I’d love to reconnect with you and see if there may be some possiblity of us working together again in the future. I can be reached at dawn.rice@balsamhgi.com. Take care!

  3. Hello! I have hit your blog a few times trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I have had 5 csections and have always had a busy healthy lifestyle. With my 4th csection the Dr. was shocked to find my uterus had several large paper thin windows in it and lots of adhesions and scar tissue everywhere. It was a very long surgery and they said they were able to remove the scar tissue and seperate what they could, but my uterus was shot and absolutely out of commission. They strongly suggested an iud, so I got the heavy duty 8-10yr. one and ended up pregnant as soon as I stopped nursing. They monitored me close and took the baby early- which was awful for her, but she is okay now. This time there was more scar tissue and they couldn’t successfully seperate my uterus from my other organs. They once again removed all the scar tissue they could, but I am having a considerable amount of pain and I think it’s getting worse. It is mostly in my lower right, but sometimes radiates to my lower back and down my right leg. I have less range of motion, too- it’s hard to lift my leg more than a foot off the ground. Everyday tasks are daunting and living the active lifestyle we’re used to impossible. I hurt all the time. It’s making me a crappy mom and I hate it! I’ve had nerve blocks, physical therapy, chiropractic work, zoning therapy and accupuncture- to no avail. My doctor wants me to have a hysterectomy and thinks its my uterus causing all of my problems. I am to the point that I am willing to try everything, but am a little nervous to have another surgery. I am not sold that’s the problem Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Fine work on this site Jen. If you ever decide that you want to shift gears and start blogging on Orthopaedic Surgery, you’re hired!!! We need more intellects like yourself in medicine.
    D. Boyer
    Meds ’99 UWO

  5. Hi, there! Have you heard of Zija, a moringa extract product MHM? My cousin is selling it and is also giving it to his wife and kids. He’s posted photos of rapid and sustained weight loss. I’m concerned for the health of my family members. Could you look into their medical documentation?

  6. Dr, Gunter, do you promote CDC’s vaccination schedule? What is your opinion about the safety of these vaccines? Thanks.

  7. What are your views on pelvic exams by medical students who have introduced themself to the patient pre-op, however, are NOT explicit in stating their role, intention to perform pelvic exam while the patient is sedated?
    I live in The Netherlands. I am an expat. This senario is standard here. My postion of being offended and fierce in not allowing residences or medical students is tolerated but mocked as it denys valuable teaching experience.

  8. My dad was an innovative GP obstetrician in the 70-80s. Now in his 80s and still intellectually very active, he’s keen to know if there were long term outcomes from the sorts of things he was keen on: early breas-feeding and skin-to-skin contact, delayed cord cutting, avoidance of opiates and where possible caesarean section… I see there’s a Cochrane Collaboration report on early skin to skin contact (viewed as a bizarre and nonsensical idea by many obstetricians when he was in practice; but he wonders if there are data on e.g. school exam results in teenagers…

    Do you know of anybody who he might be able to contact to discuss this?

    Peter English.

  9. Hi Dr. Jen. I keep seeing posts on social media about lawsuits for illnesses caused by hormonal birth control, especially the psuedotumor in the brain (ptc). I think these are made to scare people. I love and respect your blog so I felt you could post about this? I have a hard time finding anything on the NIH about birth control pills causing PTC. Thank you so much!

  10. I adore your blog and can’t believe the mansplaining BS in that latest goop retaliation. Keep fighting the good fight! Know that your fellow Canadian MD Moms are behind you!

  11. Hello Jen. I was just introduced to you by an article in the Winnipeg Free Press, just today (13 Aug 2017). I am a graduate of UM as well, Class of ’83. I regret that I never met you, as I am sure we would have gotten along! Your defence of science in medicine is powerful and immensely entertaining! I have much to catch up on in your blogs, but if you haven’t set your sights on the “vaccine deniers”, I can hardly wait. I shall follow your writings with pleasure and anticipation.
    PS I must confess that I once nearly succumbed to the lure of great wealth from selling snake oil. I hatched the idea of selling a program of colonic cleansing / sterilisation to be followed by recolonisation with Gwyneth Paltrow’s poop. I am still certain that I could have become very wealthy if I could have solved the problem of obtaining the recolonisation material….

  12. I have a couple questions for you. First I have fibromyalgia. There is mixed messages out there. What is it exactly. I’ve tried some medication but nothing helped. Do you have any suggestions?
    Second question. What do you know about hydrogen peroxide 35% food grade? Do you think it’s ok in small amounts or will it do any harm? Thank you.

  13. I absolutely am avoiding anything “goop.” But I found a website only about vaginal atrophy. I’ve had it for 4 years. I am 65. I cannot take hormones due to bad side effects. So I found this “vaginal dilator” kit with various sized plastic tubes that you insert (using a gel) You lie down, insert the smallest one. Lie there for 10-20 min. 2-3 times/week. Allegedly, as you increase the size of the dilator, the atrophy will be healed.
    You cannot sit up or walk around with the dilator in. You must not keep it in if it is painful. You have to wash it thoroughly after each use.
    Is this safe? It’s called “vuva dilator”
    I appreciate your knowledge & advice.

  14. Hi Dr. Gunter! I love your blog.

    I was reading the blog of Nicole Naugler (who thinks it’s okay to raise like 11 kids in a tent/shack with no running water or electricity–ACK!!) and in one post she brags about not needing prenatal care (http://blessedlittlehomestead.com/just-let-me-enjoy-my-pregnancy/) then a couple months later she shared the horrific story of labor and delivery of her stillborn son (http://blessedlittlehomestead.com/the-birth-of-william-joseph/). In the birth story, she says something about the placenta had started to calcify and I guess the baby ruptured the placenta (or however the proper way to say this is). Naugler says that her doctors told her that it “was possible [to have caught it] but with all other indicators, I was otherwise healthy. I had not experienced any pains, or any other signs of distress.”

    Ugh. While rereading these posts to cite here, I realized that baby William would have nearly been full term when this shit went down. My question for you, Dr. Gunter, is whether good prenatal care would have caught this condition in time to save his life and to have saved Naugler from nearly dying.

    Thank you,
    Cathy

  15. Read your nytimes article. Dead on, and thank you – your frank unapologetic approach to being a woman is much appreciated, in all its messy flabby gross harassed glory.

  16. Dr Gunter,
    Thank you so much for your brave and honest NYT article about life after losing Aidan. You’ve exquisitely expressed what I’ve fumbled through trying to articulate dozens of times.
    Today I felt so lonely and sad even though I have two gorgeous “rainbow” kids, because my daughter is missing. It’s the holiday weekend and I’m thinking a lot about what family means to me. There’s a gaping hole in my being still.
    Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone. It has lifted me up today to remember someone understands my pain and I’m certain I will go back to reading it again. All the best to you and your family.
    Warmly,
    Rebecca Donnelly Peters
    Mom to Axel (2), Viggo (6mo), and Opal

  17. Hi. I’m an ObGyn in private practice in Napa, California, and also a writer. My own blog is actually on the website of my practice, and is more of a chronology on how I came to be an ObGyn. I was a PT prior to going back to medical school, so also interested in physical medicine. Just wanted to say I love your articles, and agree with much of what you write. I have also made it my goal to dispel internet garbage where medical information is concerned, but it is exhausting and quite frustrating to spend so much time trying to explain so many things to so many people. Keep fighting the good fight!

  18. Hi. I am an ID doc, med/peds trained, EBM geek and with a long standing interest in women’s health. I love your articles, and your much needed lasso of truth.

    I saw that you tackled the safety and benefits of flu and TdAP in pregnancy a few years back. Is it time to get the message out again? Your audience is looking for credible voices and needs you. With the ever increasing chlamydia and MDR gonorrhea infection rate (and syphilis increasing in women), do your readers know that routine STD testing is part of good health care, and not some kind scarlet letter?

    Keep fighting the craziness!
    Andy

  19. I am an LA-based clinical sexologist who trains medical and mental health professionals globally in the broad discipline of sexology. I just read your NYT commentary on dyspareunia (and oversized penises) and I love your spunk, spirit and brilliance. Keep at it! I hope to meet you one day when I’m up in the Bay Area, where I teach occasionally at California Institute of Integral Studies in sexology. xo, Patti

  20. I just read your piece in The New York Times, When the Cause of a Sexless Relationship Is — Surprise! — the Man. It brought me to tears. Finally, justification for all my feelings regarding the sexual issues in my 21 year marriage. Thank you. Not sure if it will help with the issues as I fear we are one of those couples where too much time has passed, but it did make me feel justified and not alone.

  21. Hello Dr. Gunter, I discovered you months ago and I think that you are a amazing woman‼ I’m really intrigued with your opinions and studies on medical and health issues. May I ask for you help or your opinion; I have a friend that has had a reoccurring yeast infection with itching, abnormal bleeding and bloating for over 2 years and it is getting worse. She has seen 3 different ob-gyn doctors and an ob-gyn specialist. She has tried over the counter yeast infection meds, Diflucan, steroid creams, birth control pills to help with her PH balance and antibiotics. None of these medicine methods have made any progress on her and she is desperate for relief from this dilemma. I would also like to say that she dabbles with cannabis. Anything you could help me with would be greatly appreciated and I hope I have not wasted your valuable time or gotten myself in any trouble for sharing this. Sincerely, Marie

  22. I had a very tramatic accident to my vagina several years ago and now have difficulty reaching climax. Is it possible to sustain some kind of nerve damage to my vagina?

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  24. Thank you for the information posted here. I was recently told that I have the Hsv1 within the last few weeks but am really skeptical because I have not been displaying any signs or symptoms what so ever. I really don’t understand what the results mean when it says 11.60 (H) on my paperwork. If someone could really explain this would be helpful.

  25. I listed to and loved the recent Recode Decode podcast featuring you and and am now trolling your blog for all sorts of information. There are a couple of topics I would personally love to know more about and am posting here in case they are also possible ideas for future posts on your blog. They are as follows:

    (1) Placenta accreta and c/s prevalence: My third, and final, pregnancy was complicated by placenta percreta with invasion to the bladder (well and the bowel but we didn’t realize that until 18 months later). You know the drill with how these deliveries work. It took 89+ units of blood products and a multi-disciplinary and well-planned surgical team to get me through. I know some of the factors that contributed to my survival were (1) delivering in California (2) at a trauma hospital with a mass transfusion protocol (3) early diagnosis at 20 week ultrasound via high def that is standard in my area for all pregnancies (4) being familiar enough with medicine to do good research (5) good underlying health.

    I followed the ProPublica series on U.S. maternal death with great interest and I am glad they brought attention to the issue of the high rate of maternal M& M in the U.S. However, I feel like they never crossed the finished line of bringing to the table some solutions. In particular, I am curious to know whether or not there is a good consensus on the best approach to managing placenta accreta? I had mine via planned cesarean hysterectomy at 35 weeks all in one long procedure. It’s true that it was a very close call, but I only spent 10 days in the ICU and recovered fairly quickly all things considered. I spoke to another mom who delivered not far from me at Stanford with an accreta program who’s hysterectomy was delayed and she ended up with a longer and worse hospital course in the end. Is it standard of care for all women who are s/p c/s to have high-def u/s for subsequent pregnancies? Or should it be??

    And what does the research say about vbacs to help reduce the incidence? For me in was never an option as pregnancy #2 had partial previa. There is a lot of criticism around c/s frequency. Curious to know of the number of post-c/s pregnancies, in how many is a vbac actually even an option?

    (2) Elective hysterectomy: Second only to the baby, the best part of my experience above was the planned ovarian sparing hysterectomy done at the time of delivery. With 3 kids no desire to spawn more mini me’s and on and off fibroids I was beyond done with my uterus. Prior to my pregnancy my OB scoffed at the idea of a hyst. Menopause sounds sucky and I do not look forward to it. However, to have all the hormones with none of the hassle and exhaustion of monthly bleeding is beyond wonderful. I have spoken to other young(ish) women my age who are done having kids and have had hysterectomies for various reasons ( ex. endometriosis) and they feel the same. I often wonder if there really is good evidence to suggest that cons outweigh the benefits of elective hysterectomies? Vs. is it a byproduct of medicine being dominated by males who have no idea what its like to live with heavy, long, painful periods?

    Again,I don’t expect a reply and am just throwing these ideas out there in case you ever want to address.

  26. Here’s the latest Wellness Scam to hit the Quackosphere; Parsley Health. This particularly egregious site is run by someone who should know better; a Columbia trained MD. The business model, which recently received 10M in Series B funding, extracts monthly payments from subscribers promising “access” to the finest providers in Functional Medicine. Essentially it is a Goop Platform which gets involved in actual Medical Treatment and is overseen by someone who constantly and quite publicly bashes western medicine. Here’s a small sample of some of the b.s. one encounters on their site and from the quacks they have aligned themselves with: https://www.instagram.com/p/BlsYULJApAN/?taken-by=robinberzinmd

  27. Hello Dr. Jen Gunter. Any chance you could provide some truth regarding the craze around the ketogenic diet? I am not a convert simply because I feel eliminating things like apples, grapes, tomatoes and swapping them out for huge amounts of bacon is not likely to be healthy.I see so many happy looking keto-ers who are almost manic when they start telling you about their new “lifestyle”. What’s even more interesting is many of the keto “experts” are not scientifically qualified. There’s on girl who recently announced to her 100K Facebook followers that she’s going back to school to get a degree in #science. This is a person who has written a few keto books and has gone on a book tour and speakers circuit. I find that while these people tend to interview each other (thus perpetuating the same “truths” that are not scientifically backed up) and get super excited using terms like “biohacking” and “nutritional ketosis”, there’s probably a lot more to this keto story.

  28. Hello Dr. Gunter-
    I have followed your blog for some time.
    I would like to bring your attention to an aspect of medicine that may be affecting patients worldwide.
    It relates to radiation protection regulations.
    Recent and not so recent scientific articles indicate that the present regulations are based on a now disproven hypothesis, that which postulates that there is a linear, no threshold effect of ionizing radiation on living things.
    The result is fear of radiation and exorbitant costs associated with decreasing dose.
    There are some that indicate that there may be a hormetic effect at low dose. Obviously, high doses are of great concern, but diagnostic examinations are orders of magnitude below this.
    While there are several sites that can be accessed for information, that of Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information, S.A.R.I.
    radiationeffects.org
    have a very comprehensive compilation.
    Hopefully, reassurance of people that they are not at risk from CT scans. mammograms, etc., will improve health.

  29. Loved your Recode Decode episode. Here’s an idea for you to write about: the PBS fundraising medical specials. In my opinion, they are spewing a lot of misinformation, not supported by fact. I find it more troubling than, for example, Goop because I tend to believe that anything aired on PBS is factual.

  30. Dr. Gunter, you are awesome. Love your common sense that unfortunately isn’t common at all. And your truth telling is exceptional antidote to all the misinformation and disinformation slung by the hordes of profiteers. Please keep it up! In this world where truth is an endangered species, you are an oasis. Did I say, pease keep it up. Thank you!

  31. I just discovered your tweet that started “I’ve done abortions after 24 weeks. For several years I lived in a state with no gestational age limit.” Very valuable information… I just wish I’d had it 2 days earlier. I was having a Twitter debate with an alleged physician who argued New York’s recent “Reproductive Health Act” should be condemned as immoral and having this information would have made my arguments much more effective.

    But now I’m a follower and fan of yours!

  32. You rock! I am making your NYT articles about our healthy vaginas mandatory reading for my 18 and 21-year-old daughters. What a shame that it’s one more thing that can undermine their confidence.
    Re: today’s article … thank you for sharing your experience, gut-wrenching as it must have been to write. There is no right answer or choice for those situations — just what we can bear. Or, even what we can’t.
    With gratitude.

  33. Hi, Dr. Gunter.
    I’ve been curious whether your upcoming book will have any sections that may relate specifically to trans men?
    Thank you!

    1. Jeff, I have information for trans men with vaginas as well as trans women with vaginas. I have an entire chapter (chapter 3, Vaginas in Transition) and throughout the book where something may specifically apply to trans men, I have made mention. I hope this book feels inclusive, that is certainly my intent.
      Thank you for asking!
      Jen

  34. I wonder if you can comment on retrograde menstruation, I recently read a little about it and would to find some more reliable information, if you can guide me to a good source.

  35. Hello Dr. Gunter, i have become a fan of yours since I found your comming soon book the vagina bible and started following you on tw.

    I would like to know if you talk about partners taking antibiotics at the same time when one of them has an UTI.

    Pardon my english, best regards

  36. No idea if you’ll see this but I think you’re absolutely everything the world needs to hear. You’re rational, intelligent, bold and inspiring.
    Thank you

  37. Dr Gunter, sadly, I had the o shot Monday, had intercourse Wednesday and woke up with moderate vaginal bleeding Thursday morning and here it is Friday night and it’s persisting.
    Is this cause for concern?
    I left for a romantic vacation and the person who gave the shot to me is away.
    She tells me is ok to have bleeding for a few days after the O shot. But this happened after intercourse. I’m worried. What’s going on?

  38. Hello lovely Dr Gunter!
    I love your message of female empowerment, anti-quackery and a good dose of sarcasm to go with it 🙂
    Looking forward to any post that might be coming up re: ‘Dr Miller’ the chap that managed to get himself a platform on the BBC so that he can share his religious views on what women should be able to do with their bodies. I find it worrying that there’s a growing trend in the UK of inexperienced young interns who are using their title of ‘Dr’ to give validity to their products/opinions/persona/soapbox-shouting. Maybe it’s just that I’m surprised at the gall of it, being someone who has faced Imposter Syndrome every day in the 9 years since I graduated 😉
    Just to clarify, the way it works in the UK is that to be a qualified Ob/Gyn, you do 5 or 6 years of medical school, then 2 years as an intern in various fields of medicine & surgery. In your two years as an intern you do general jobs like assessing acutely unwell patients, prescribing, pre-op screening, post-op monitoring, discharge planning etc- you don’t do any interventional stuff You then have to apply to, be interviewed for, and accepted by a ‘training programme’ in order to continue O&G Specialist training, then another 7 years of Specialist training (a bit like Resident years) and Specialty O&G exams before you qualify as a Consultant (which I think is the equivalent of an Attending). Dr Miller has completed his two years as a general intern and is now able to ‘freelance’ as an intern at hospitals that are understaffed. He hasn’t entered Specialist training to any Specialty, including General Surgery, and would be misrepresenting himself if he called himself a junior surgeon. Even in his intern years, he hasn’t done a 4 month O&G intern rotation so basically his qualification & experience of O&G is entirely comprised of the textbooks and shadowing of medical school.
    Just thought it might be helpful for you to be fully confident of his (lack of) qualifications in the area…please JenSplain his ass better than any of us could!

    I haven’t used Twitter much for years but using it more in the last few months (@rupsdave), hoping to use social media to quash the claims of ‘Wellness’ quacks (I’m a final year resident in Psychiatry).
    Anyhow, I digress…sorry for the long message! Have a lovely day and thank you for being an awesome role model, not just for female doctors, but for females everywhere!
    Best wishes, Dr Rupal Dave, London

  39. Hi Dr. Jen,
    I have a suggestion for a topic on your blog, could you go into detail on how it is impossible for a fetus to feel pain before X weeks? I’ve read you reference some medical wording on this before, but further detail would be appreciated. When I was looking for this sort of information before, I was bombarded with non-medical information and gave up looking for the truth. thank you for everything that you do!

  40. Hi Dr Gunter
    I see that you are coming to Oakville Centre for Performing arts to give a talk!
    I have two teenage daughters and am wondering what age you think would be appropriate for your talk?
    Thanks,

    1. I try not to swear at talks but there could be an F bomb or two. Just an FYI! But otherwise, 14 I think. I recently gave a talk and there were several 15 year olds in attendance. Hope to see you there! Jen

  41. Hi Dr. Gunter! As I sit here hot flashing with the AC on after another sleepless night, I can’t wait to read the Menopause Manifesto. After night sweating right into menopause at 50, I soaked my way through multiple sets of sheets, my hair thinned out, I schvitzed through way too many meetings and tried every supplement to ease my symptoms. Then they disappeared. Except for the thinning hair. I was hypothyroid for over 15 years and now I’m not according to a recent blood test. So now at 56, I’m sweating and schvitzing again. My gynecologist said….”well that happens”. Really? That’s it?!?!? The eff. All the menopausal symptoms come back after hiatus? I’m stuck with this gynecologist due to insurance, yay America. Ok, shake it off. So this is a round about way of asking if you would like to come on my podcast called The Kiss My Age Show – a forum for women of a certain vintage to talk about anything and everything. I’d love to talk with you and have you speak to our listeners about women health, especially as we get older. We’re all mid-century modern and are sick of being ignored as a demographic. Great thing about podcasts, you can record in your jammies……the cooling ones that you don’t sweat in. OMG, I am sooooo schvitzing right now. Keep kicking butt! So happy that I found you and your website! Thanks for all that you do!

  42. TYPO ALERT! Here is the current text as written, “CBC’s digital steaming platform”. I bet you meant to type that your show Jensplaining will appear on CBC’s digital streaming platform! Your Spellcheck has been trained to favor the word steaming based on previous articles!

  43. Hi Jen,
    Just wanted to say thanks for all your work on evidence based health info. Have been loving your blog, Twitter & looking forward to your book. Not sure you would remember me from out days interning in London (1990/1991) You’re just as fierce now as you were then!!(And still love Disney Robin Hood! You have me VHS tapes of Disney & Costner versions when I moved back to Ottawa to do Peds.) Let me know if you ever make it to Halifax.
    Theresa Fraboni

  44. Hi Jen!
    I’m about to be going back to school and I’m torn between a PsyD or PhD in sex therapy vs. an MD in women’s health! I wonder if you could weigh in?

  45. Hi Jen!
    I’m about to be going back to school and have to choose between a PsyD/PhD in sex therapy vs. an MD in OB/GYN /“women’s health”. Can you weigh in? What are the pros and cons of both?

  46. Dr.
    Your voice is so needed right now! Your fearlessness and determination to speak the truth is so important. I know this is going to seem strange. But I am a Christian. I believe in the Bible as God’s word. But the God-version presented today by voices in the political right and coming from many pulpits – it does not align with my Jesus – the one that I know. He really is a God of love. Early Christians were radical when it came to women’s rights and preached the loving and caring treatment of women of all walks of life. This was in stark contrast to the Roman culture in which they lived at the time.

    I pray for your protection and that God will bless you and give you greater impact. I pray that the Lord heals you from the wounds of sexual assault and you are able to grasp hold of complete forgiveness. I have been through this struggle myself and found healing.

    Also, thank you for choosing to education women and men about women’s bodies. I realized a few years ago that I had been educated about so many things, but didn’t know much about my own reproductive system. I was quite amazed at what I discovered when I began to study up on it.

    Continue to stay true to your passions! You are so important!

  47. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    We women need you. So do the oainful rash of men, they just don’t know it, because they have no idea and their dominance, esp sexual, is slipping away.
    I really am grateful to you.
    Your article, My Vagina is terrific, Your opinion About it is Not, struck such a cord. I am so sorry there are so many opinionated, beastly and stupid men. But we women thank you.

  48. Hi I am a oriental medicine doctor treating a lot lesbian patients with HPV so when I read your article today with the heterosexual assumption of doctors I just wanted to get you to frame this issue in the largest possible way. Gold star lesbians transmitting and contracting HPV are getting it without a condom or penis so this brings up a larger discussion. Thank you for your time Rachel Clark

  49. Keep up the great work freeing women up to be healthy and well – not puppets of patriarchy.

  50. So grateful for your work fighting pseudoscience. We spoke briefly at CSICon last October and I am delighted to see that you are on the program again for CSICon 2019. I’ll be there of course. Perhaps you’ll let this old man buy you a cup of coffee when you have a moment if I promise not to ask any medical questions.(No OB/GYN issues for me of course, but maybe I could tell you about the OB/GYN who delivered me, Virgil Damon, MD, who wrote “I Learned About Women from Them”. Imagine that concept from the 1940s- A male Doc who was way ahead of his time. My Mom made the right choice in selecting him when she was pregnant.)

  51. Many thanks for bringing intelligence, knowledge, persistence, and specificity to the issue of women’s health.
    A Guardian article included a number of specific myths that you debunk. Could you tackle the misinformation about women’s urinary issues?
    1. TV ads urge women to “solve” their increasing urinary frequency and urgency by taking a pill, without any warning to rule out serious causes such as a tumor, benign or otherwise. A growing mass will interfere with the bladder, whether the mass is a tumor or a foetus.
    2. Doctors such as my friend’s urologist also do not consider that a tumor might be the cause, even though over 60% of white women and 85% of black women will experience fibroid tumors of the uterus. Instead, doctors blame the woman for “not emptying the bladder fully.” My friend’s urologist, relying on nothing but an x-ray report of “thickening of the bladder wall”, which he said was common when women get older, prescribed physical therapy to learn how to use her bladder muscles differently. Due to the treatment delay caused by his ignorance, she is home dying of an inoperable malignant tumor of the uterus.
    3. Reliance solely on x-rays to investigate soft tissue problems is absurd, especially since “thickened tissues” block the view of tumors.
    4. The dismissal of our health problems as “normal as women get older” must be stopped. That answer stopped me from getting my own urinary issue investigated. If my symptoms were “normal”, then there’s no cure, and I was worrying unnecessarily, right? My fibroid tumor finally grew large enough to be life threatening. When the tumor was removed, my urinary issue immediately stopped and has not recurred in the 14 years since. In my mid 60’s now, I can drink a glass of water just before bed, and still sleep thru the night. Laughing, coughing and sneezing don’t cause even a drop to leak. Urinary incontinence is not inevitable!

    I don’t want other women to be conned into useless pills, treatment delays, or the implicit shaming in the dismissal of our symptoms as “normal aging”. Thank you for any help you can give.

  52. I just watched your piece on “wellness” on CBC Gem. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any place to comment there. So, here I am. Anyhow, it was brilliant. Pseudoscience has always been a problem and probably always will be. It may even get worse due to social media (the role of social media in the anti-vax nonsense is “proof” of this.) For the record, my definition of wellness is eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, trying to avoid stress (or at least dealing with it effectively). Keep up the good work.

  53. Hi,
    I was diagnosed in 2016 with lichen sclerosus and vulva cancer after being misdiagnosed as a child and left untreated my lichen sclerosus turned to cancer. As I hadn’t heard of either conditions I believe that’s also why I was misdiagnosed and self treated myself.
    I started my own awareness on social media and had many articles and work with eve appeal and Macmillan but really need someone high profile like yourself to help getting awareness for lichen sclerosus and wondered if you would help?
    Many thanks

    Clare
    Founder of vulval cancer UK awareness

  54. Hi Jen
    I just wanted to say Hi and how inspired I am by what you’re doing. I too am on the same mission. I was a paramedic for 10 years and then moved to academia. I have two masters in women’s health and reproductive med and I am on a mission to dispel this fitspo land of made up facts. I love your work! .

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