Contraception

(In)Fertility Journey Leads Founder to Help Others

How many healthy, young women discuss fertility with their OBGYNs at their routine check-ups? Many OBGYNs and primary care doctors spend considerable time counseling patients about contraceptives and preventing pregnancy, but how often do we think about the flip side? Maja Zecevic, PhD, MPH, was in her late 20’s when she was first faced with considerations relating to fertility. Her journey led her to found Opionato, the world’s first digital fertility clinic.

Is Spermicide a Good Choice for Your Patient? A New Quiz

Are you a Rachel or a Monica or a Phoebe? What is your spirit animal? Is spermicide a risky choice for birth control? Just like a classic magazine personality quiz, researchers at Penn have created a simple quiz that can help women decide whether spermicide is a good contraceptive option for their specific situation. Read on to find out more!

With 1,116 Period Tracker Apps, How Can You Choose?

If you search for a period tracker app on the iTunes store, you will get about 1,116 results. That's what happened when a group of researchers from Columbia University decided to sort and rank existing menstrual cycle apps. Read on to learn about their favorites and findings.

A little more, A little less: Finding "Just Right"

Everyone who has ever overdosed on entire pint of Ben & Jerry's knows: you can have too much of a good thing. Modern medicine has brought about miracles, increasing our health and lifespans. However, sometimes, medicine can be too much of a good thing. Too many procedures lead to more complications. Too many medications lead to more side effects. Too many hospitalizations lead to more infections. The list goes on and on. So how can we find a balance between too much and too little in OBGYN?

Your Favorite Contraception Recs for Common Situations

What is your favorite recommendation for birth control for women with migraines?  For women who are breastfeeding? For women with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease?  For women with obesity?  Deciding on the perfect contraceptive recommendation  for each of these clinical scenarios can be difficult.  Contraception is a personal choice for every woman.  However, in certain situations, medical comorbidities or unique situations may skew a physician's recommendations towards certain options. This week I harness the fun power of Twitter polls to find your favorite recommendations for each of the above clinical scenarios, paired with some useful factoids about each situation.

12/2 LARC, Healthcare, & Fertility Ethics: Top 5 Women's Health Articles

In addition to celebrating the wonders of leftover Thanksgiving dinner (how is it possible everything tastes even better 4 days later?), this week was marked by some excellent Women's Health articles. This week's most popular health articles include: ultrasound and IUDs, the Commonwealth Fund healthcare report, ethics and ART, sales reps in the OR, and vaccination requirements.

11/18/16 This Week's Top 5 for World Prematurity Day

This week marked the annual World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17) in which parents, providers, researchers and others come together to work towards advancements in preventing preterm births. As the number one cause of neonatal death, prematurity is one of the biggest challenges facing obstetrics. Read on for the Top Five facts about prematurity from this week.

11/11/2016 This Week's Top Health Articles

No matter how we spent this past week, we can all agree on one thing: sometimes a hug is all we need to feel better. By far the favorite health article of the week is applicable for men and women: hugs were associated with 32% decreased risk of getting a cold. Other popular article topics for the week included: birth control for men, the cost of healthcare in America, preterm labor & multiples, and the TOLAC calculator.

Can too many periods explain chronic pelvic pain?

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Like any curious seven-year-old, asking why five times will often get you to the root cause of any problem, or so says the famous Toyota interrogative technique. Why do so many women suffer from chronic pelvic pain? Running down the chain of “whys,” we may find ourselves in an evolutionary conundrum.  Why would we evolve to have chronic pain? Gynecologists Dr. Jarrell and Dr. Arendt-Nielsen dive into this evolutionary question in their new article in the August 2016 Gray Journal.

A shot to reduce pain with IUD placement

Thinking about getting an IUD but worried about how painful getting it placed will be? Although many women find IUDs to be a great contraception option once it's in place, the process of having an IUD placed can be very uncomfortable. A new study in the July 2015 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology studied an intramuscular shot called Ketorolac (you may have heard it called "Toradol") given to women 30 minutes before the procedure.