Meet A New Kind Of Gynecologist

meet_new_kind_gynocologistA sea change is taking place in the medical profession:

Many female doctors, who once practiced gynecology and obstetrics, are dropping the obstetrical part of their practices to concentrate on the feminine sexual health of their aging patients.

This is a significant development for women in perimenopause or menopause, who now are opening up more about the dramatic physical–and mental–changes they’re experiencing, and turning to their doctors for advice and help…



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18 Things You Should Never Put in Your Vagina

18_things_never_put_in_vaginaYou’ve all heard horror stories of that one friend’s-cousin’s-classmate who put some random object inside her vagina during a heated moment and ended up in the hospital with an embarrassing story—and maybe even some serious physical damage.
The ultra-simple solution to avoid putting household no-nos in your hoo-ha? Get yourself some quality sex toys. “Women are very comfortable nowadays going and getting a vibrator,” says Dr. Dardik. “They don’t really feel like they need to sort of, you know, experiment with what’s at hand…All the vibrators or dildos [that are of quality] are made from sterile material that doesn’t hold bacteria, so they can be cleaned, they’re safe, they don’t change the vaginal pH, they don’t attract bacteria, so they’re the better option.”
So what’s actually dangerous to put in there? We talked to a few health professionals to break it down. Here’s what to steer clear of…

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Vaginal Dryness, More Common than You Think

vaginal-dryness-helpWhat exactly is vaginal dryness, what causes it and how can it be alleviated?

Vaginal dryness and discomfort during intimacy are not the taboo subjects they once were. With more women than ever entering menopause, these complaints are more commonplace and should be part of routine conversation between women and their gynecologists. During perimenopause, (the 10 or so years prior to losing your period) and menopause (once you have been without your period for a full year) the ovaries make less and less estrogen. This can lead to vaginal changes including dryness and more delicate, less elastic tissue. In fact, other causes of vaginal dryness include medications such as antihistamines and birth control pills or can be caused by other medical conditions, such as Sjogrens disease. The reduction of estrogen in a woman’s body can lead to vaginal atrophy, thinning of the skin and or dryness leading to daily discomfort, a reduced sexual drive and painful intercourse.

“In the USA there are approximately 64 million postmenopausal females, 32 million or 50% of them, suffer from a degree of GSM or genitourinary syndrome of menopause. It is estimated that only about 7% of women are treated for this condition which demonstrates a huge unmet medical need. Women need not grin and bear it,” says Dr Michael Krychman. “One survey, called the REVEAL Survey, illustrated that almost 7 in 10 women endure painful sex as part of the normal part of growing older. There are many safe effective natural ways now on the market to help eliminate the issues of vaginal dryness and painful sex.”…


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The Curious Case of My Disappearing Boobs

disappearing_boobsArticle By Michelle Ruiz

Missing: two once-perky 34Cs. Please return to owner, no questions asked!

I sometimes forget, mid-shower, whether or not I shampooed my hair just five minutes earlier. But almost 20 years since it happened, I still recall the moment when my boobs truly “arrived.”

I was 14, tap dancing in a magenta, crushed-velvet, turtleneck bodysuit at a studio on Long Island. One of my fellow tappers, a well-developed woman of 16, raised her eyebrows, impressed, as if to say, “You go, girl!” After class, she cracked, in the nicest way possible, that I should probably start wearing a bra to practice. (Though I’d been wearing cotton, clasp-front 32A Jockeys from the J.C. Penney junior’s department to school, they were purely ceremonial.) Apparently, I’d sprouted respectable, medium-size boobs over the summer—and they’d been flapping around during Time Step Two!

My cup literally ran over. As a late bloomer, I’d been waiting for my boobs since I tore through the Judy Blume canon at age 11. Dear God, I don’t really care about the period, but where are the hell is my rack? Breasts were a harbinger of womanhood, or at the very least teenhood. They were a sign that I’d one day shed my braces and bad “Rachel” haircut and graduate to my own phone line (never happened), a Sweet 16 at a neon-lit catering hall (definitely happened), and a social calendar stocked with dates. So when my knockers showed themselves in earnest that summer before ninth grade, I welcomed them with open arms and jazz hands…


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Everything You¹re Still Wondering About the IUD – Answered by an Ob-Gyn

We know you’ve heard all about the IUD. You probably know that the little intrauterine device, which is inserted inside the uterus, is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. You may also know that there are a variety of options out there, from the hormone-free Paraguard, which lasts for 10 years, to Mirena and Skyla, which secrete a synthetic version of progesterone and last for five and three years, respectively.

“The IUD is all the rage, particularly in younger women who haven’t had children yet,” says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., an ob-gyn in Westchester, New York, and the co-author of V Is for Vagina.

Even more, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is now recommending that ob-gyns suggest IUDs as the first line of contraception, says Dweck.

That being said, while IUDs are becoming an increasingly popular method of birth control, there are still a few things you may be wondering about‹and are maybe even a little too shy to ask your doc. Here, Dweck answers questions she commonly gets from patients about IUDs on a daily basis.

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“There’s this persistent myth that IUDs are only for women who have had children, but that’s not the case. In older times, some practitioners thought it was easier to insert IUDs in a parous uterus, or one that¹s had children,” says Dweck. “They thought the cervix and uterus would be more extended, but they didn¹t have the benefit of these very easy-to-insert IUDs.”

Being child-free doesn’t disqualify you from getting an IUD, but if your uterus is misshapen, has fibroids, or you¹ve had pelvic inflammatory disease recently, you should consider other birth control options. Same goes for if you¹re breastfeeding after delivering a baby. “In that case, you’d still be a candidate, but the risk of perforation is a little higher,” says Dweck. “My guess is lower estrogen due breastfeeding means the uterine surface may be a little more delicate.”

Good news: Your fertility returns to normal immediately after your IUD is removed. The only major exception is if your fertility was impaired before you got an IUD, that won¹t change for the better just because you get one. Another thing to keep in mind is age. “Most women¹s fertility drops naturally by age 35 and definitely by age 40, says Dweck. “If you get an IUD at 33 and have it removed five years later, your fertility will have naturally declined.”

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“I get this question almost every day [from patients],” says Dweck. “You can absolutely use a tampon with an IUD. The IUD is inside your uterus, and there are the little threads that come out of the cervix slightly. A tampon is in your vagina.” A tampon and an IUD occupy two totally different spaces within your anatomy, so feel free to go for it. And no need to worry that when you¹re changing a tampon, you might yank the IUD out instead. “We typically trim the strings, so while they¹re palpable, they¹re not hanging down in an elongated way,” says Dweck. “It would be difficult to grab onto them and dislodge your IUD.”

There are a few different potential complications, although they’re all highly unlikely. “It’s very unusual for an IUD to become embedded into the wall of the uterus or to perforate the uterine wall,” says Dweck. If it does happen, your doctor may perform an ultrasound to see where the IUD is and figure out next steps. “I’ve only experienced extremely rare occasions when I had to take someone to the operating room to look for an IUD,” says Dweck.

One potential issue that¹s more common is the IUD strings curling up into the cervical canal so they¹re not visible to an ob-gyn. “That can make removal a little more challenging,” says Dweck. “Most of the time, we can still get it out without difficulty by searching for it with a small instrument, even though we can’t see it.”  There’s also a small chance your uterus will expel the IUD soon after it¹s placed, in which case you can just get it again and see if it sticks the second time around, says Dweck.

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Removal is along the same procedural lines as insertion. The doctor puts in a speculum, then uses an instrument that can grab onto those fine threads, clamp down on them, and pull out the IUD, says Dweck. There may be a little cramping, but if you¹d like another IUD to replace that one, you can get it right away and walk out of the office knowing you’re protected for years to come.

Source:  Health Medicine Network – July 9, 2015

An OB-GYN Breaks Down The Facts We REALLY Need To Know About Birth Control

birth_control_pill_varietyEvery year on March 8 we celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a time to reflect on the extraordinary achievements of women around the world and throughout history. There is certainly a lot of work to be done, but it is also important to recognize how far we have come. In the US we are quite privileged to enjoy freedoms that many women in other parts of the world don’t. Education, the ability to vote, drive work, share our opinions publicly, and many more. One issue that is still being debated quite heavily, however, is reproductive rights for women.

Almost a year ago we saw how the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a privately owned business which did not want to provide certain types of contraceptive for its female employees due to their religious beliefs. By the close of the SCOTUS 2015 session in June a decision will be made in this year’s landmark case King vs Burwell which is set to change the landscape of healthcare and repro rights drastically.

We hear many politicians go on and on about this issue, completely taking away the perspective of the individual woman and ignoring the blatant scientific and medical facts when it comes to birth control. In some third world countries, access to birth control is a life-saving product.

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Is There Really a Connection Between Birth Control and Brain Cancer?

birth-control-cancerGet the facts behind the latest scary health headline…

When it comes to oral contraceptives and cancer, the news is mostly reassuring. Taking the Pill offers solid protection against ovarian and uterine cancer. And though recent research suggests that the Pill can jack up your breast cancer risk, other research refutes this, according to Planned Parenthood.

But a new study linking birth control pills to brain cancer has left a lot of Pill takers panicking. The study, from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, looked at the incidence of a brain cancer called glioma among younger women in Denmark. Curious about whether the hormones in the pill had an affect on glioma, the research team poured through health registries, IDing all the Danish women between ages 15 and 49 who were diagnosed with glioma between 2000 and 2009.

They then looked into how many of these women had an Rx for birth control pills, recording the type they took (either the estrogen-progestin “combo pill” or the progestin-only “minipill”) and for how long. Finally, they compared them to a control group of glioma-free women in the same age range.

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Are There Really Benefits to Eating Your Placenta?

kourtney-kardashianFind out what midwives and ob-gyns say about Kourtney Kardashian’s beloved placenta pills….

The Internet’s abuzz, thanks to Kourtney Kardashian’s Instagram post endorsing placenta pills.

She’s the latest star to spill about chowing down on some form of her placenta after giving birth. The placenta is an organ that “looks like a piece of brisket,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale Medical School. It provides nutrients to the baby via the umbilical cord and also triggers the release of pregnancy-related hormones.

Other celeb fans of ingesting their placenta include Alicia Silverstone, who loved hers so much that her husband called them her “happy pills,” and Gaby Hoffman, who threw hers in a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, guava juice, and a banana. What benefits are these stars looking for in this process?…

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4 Ways to Get Pregnant That Aren’t Sex

pregnancy-optionsKnocking boots isn’t the only way to put a bun in the oven…

Most women turn to their beau and their bedrooms — or kitchen floors, if that’s what you’re into — when they’re ready to make a baby.

But for women who face medical issues, same-sex couples, or even single ladies who no longer want to wait for Prince Charming, there are other options.

Here, Alyssa Dweck, M.D., co-author of V is for Vagina, takes us through four options…


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