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Record numbers of women are taking “the pill.”  The National Center for Health Statistics reported last year that 82% of adult American women have taken “the pill” at some point in their lives.  Between 2006-2008, it is believed that 10.7 million women used “the pill.”  So let’s spend a little time getting to know more […]

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Today, I tackle a body part upon which I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert. Had my left ovary behaved years ago, I would not be typing this today–and I would still have both ovaries. Speaking with other women, it becomes obvious very quickly that we tend to know very little about our […]

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Cancer is arguably the most feared disease in the Western world.  In America, cancer is the leading cause of death of people between 35-65 years of age.  Nearly 1 in 7 deaths worldwide in 2007 was due to cancer.  Cancer rates are exploding throughout the world as developing nations industrialize and eat diets that are […]

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Something that has always stuck with me since Intro to Biology years ago was something my professor said: females are the prototypical human sex. In other words, we all start out as females in a sense. It is not until around the 8 week benchmark in fetal development that a fetus starts to develop distinct […]

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If you are anything like me and read the medical headlines every day you have probably noticed in the past few weeks a spate of articles about how hormones can affect a person’s social behavior.  The first such article was a timely piece, considering the state of the economy, that argues that the length of […]

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Sperm may seem an odd choice of subject for a “young woman’s guide to gynecology and obstetrics.”  But it is this last word, obstetrics, that makes sperm a good choice for an entry subject.  Arguably, without sperm, obstetrics would not exist.   This may not always be the case, but for the time being, each human […]

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Speaking of Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg, let’s talk about intrauterine devices (IUDs) since Dr. G is recognized as the first developer of the modern IUD.  IUDs, in a crude sense, have existed for an untold number of years.  Women and men have inserted various implements into human and animal uteri to prevent pregnancy for many years.  […]

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In school growing up there were numerous crab jokes made by my classmates.  If we wanted to give the ultimate insult we would say, “S/he’s got crabs.”  Of course, we didn’t really know what crabs were.  We knew vaguely they were something one acquired in the genital region generally from a sexual encounter and are […]

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After recently spending four days in Cleveland at a bioethics conference I came away with several new, and renewed, perspectives on women’s health issues.  The first that comes to mind is something that my roommate, another bioethics graduate student, and I discussed.  That is early menarche in females. Now, a little personal background:  I was […]

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