What is PID?

Every sexually active woman should know of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease).  Most women diagnosed with this infection are under the age of twenty five.  Unfortunately, many women find out that they have had this infection, years later, when they are diagnosed with...

Do you have Herpes?

Last week I had a heated debate with a friend of mine over what she feels is the nonchalant attitude of physicians over the topic of genital herpes.  I have a colleague, a gynecologist, no less, who feels that testing people who have never had any symptoms of herpes...

The Big M

Menopause is one of the biggest turning points in women’s lives. It is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation.  Some women make smooth transitions, while others face torrents of hot flashes accompanied by perfuse sweating, mood swings and...

Do you really need a pap smear?

The answer is “yes” but not necessarily every year and not at every age.  Here is why… Now that we have clearer understanding of how HPV (human papillomavirus) affects the cervix at different points in women’s lives, we can now target certain...

Those Three Letters…HIV

It is such a frightening topic to read about.  Some mistakenly believe that the danger has been subdued.  One could possibly go an entire week without hearing it mentioned on the news.  Even so, in America, it is the 5th leading cause of death for women between the...

Old Eggs?

I had a patient today who insisted on staying on birth control because she was terrified of getting pregnant.  She’s fifty three.  I have come to realize that many women believe, fiercely, that they are still fertile way into their 40s and 50s.  They believe...