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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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Herpes and Hepatitis B are two sexually transmitted diseases that are often confused with one another because of their similar names.   The similarities end there.  What are the differences between the two?  And what are the symptoms, the causes, and the treatments? The technical name for herpes is herpes simplex and it is caused by […]

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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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I have been hearing and reading for some time now about the belief by some that a mother’s diet can help determine the gender of a fetus.  Generally, this possibility is rejected by scientists and physicians alike.  I too reject this notion–in general.  A British study performed in 2008 argues that “you are what your […]

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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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While there are a myriad of possible gynecological surgeries, which ones do women elect to have performed?  In the past tubal ligation and varying degrees of hysterectomy have been the most popular elective gynecological surgeries.  In the 1990s, though, elective c-sections began to boom.  Recently, however, a growing movement has developed in backlash to the […]

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I have often heard small clusters of young women, and sometimes not-as-young women, discussing the issue of whether it is better to have a female gynecologist, a male gynecologist, or if it does not matter at all.  Having been to five gynecologists in my life, 2 male and 3 female, I have my own established […]

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