The vast majority- 80%- of new OBGYN residents are women, and the proportion of male and female OBGYNs is quickly shifting to majority female. Now, women OBGYNs hold 57% of faculty positions. So, as women take over the majority of positions in the specialty, are they also taking over proportional leadership roles? Are female OBGYNs as likely as male OBGYNs to be given opportunities to lead in women's health? Or, do we still face the same inequalities in the topmost positions as we have in the past?
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.
There are few things we can do to prevent preterm birth. One of the primary tools in the toolkit is progesterone. Mothers with a history of spontaneous preterm birth are at increased risk of a repeat preterm birth and are routinely prescribed progesterone to decrease this risk. Another group of women who benefit from progesterone therapy are women with a short cervical length. How would you know if someone has a short cervix? One way is to measure the cervical length with ultrasound- but who should get this ultrasound exam? Everyone? Just high-risk women? Is this strategy cost-effective? And, are women who are eligible even getting their treatment?
After spending several days in the hospital, most people are not eager to return for another visit, especially if they are toting a newborn home. However, readmissions after delivery may be more common than you imagine. 2% of hospitalizations for delivery of an infant resulted in a readmission soon after. Is the readmission rate rising? Why are women ending up back in the hospital?
"Urinary tract infection? You're not drinking enough cranberry juice!" At least that would be my mother's analysis. Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, affect eight million people in the United States each year. Research has shown that cranberry juice is effective in preventing recurrent UTIs in certain populations. Should we all go out and stock up on cranberry supplements? Not so fast! A new study on commercially available cranberry supplements will make you think twice.
I am very excited to introduce our new feature: a podcast! Dedicated to reviewing and editorializing the latest information in women's health, I hope this podcast will serve as a trusted source of information for on-the-go OBGYNs and other providers of women's health.
More than half of US women have to deal with hot flashes during menopause. Unfortunately, drugs to help reduce hot flashes either have major side effects (like increasing cancer risk!) or aren't very effective. So, researchers at University of California San Francisco set about testing a novel, non-pharmaceutical approach to decreasing the number of hot flashes women experience. Their findings were published in the Green Journal in May 2015.
Hello and Welcome to Elm Tree Medical's Blog!
I'm Dr. Eva Martin, founder of Elm Tree Medical LLC. I am creating this blog to provide updates on the progress Elm Tree Medical is making in creating new, exciting, and innovative products for women's health care.
I will also post interesting articles, studies, and reports on progress being made in the field of women's health. All too often, important findings that could improve women's lives are buried in medical journals that are not accessible to the public. This blog will serve as a place to find easy-to-understand summaries of the new findings that have health care practitioners buzzing with excitement.