March 21, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Background Endometriosis is a disease with limited treatment options that often results in pelvic pain, reduced quality of life, and infertility for women of reproductive age. Although oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are commonly used to treat endometriosis (i.e., treat the symptoms rather than the disease) there is […]
Endometriosis can be a debilitating disease affecting about 6-10% of reproductive age women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. Since endometriosis is a progressive disease, diagnosing and surgically treating it early is important.
by Ana-Maria Dumitru March 10th, 2017 I vividly remember the first time I heard anything about natural methods of family planning. I was a pre-teen who largely had no idea what was going on at any given point in time. I had been completely surprised by puberty and the onset of menstruation. My mom, bless […]
Women and men of the world unite: #CervicalHealthMonth continues, and so does our series on cervical health! This is the final post, so please catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re just tuning in. Considering how male-dominated the world can sometimes seem, perhaps it’s no wonder that sperm often get so much […]
January 10, 2017 by Sarah Murray, MD When is the last time that you thought at length about cervical fluid or mucus? In the clinical setting, family physicians and other primary care providers often see women concerned about changes in vaginal discharge. Many of these changes can be explained by bacterial vaginosis, yeast, or sexually […]
November 17, 2016 by Alison Contreras, PhD, FCP Last month an article in JAMA Psychiatry caused waves when it revealed what many users of hormonal birth control have long suspected: a link between hormonal contraception use and depression [1,2]. This news has reopened the conversation about how physicians should counsel patients about their reproductive health […]
by Amylynn Smith In the Spring of 2011, after numerous blood tests and countless doctors visits, my nurse practitioner looked at me and said, “I don’t know why you aren’t getting your period. I know you may not want to take birth control pills again but at this point I don’t have anything else to […]