Category Archives: Education

What You Need to Know About The Affordable Care Act

Written on February 10, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

The Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) was signed into law to reform our healthcare system in 2010, upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, and began its big rollout last year with the most significant aspects of the legislation in place by January 1, 2014. This controversial new law was made even more complex by the  Continue Reading »

Sex & Women of a Certain Age: The Sex Trifecta, Part III

Written on January 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm, by

Finally the kids are grown and the house is empty— you can have sex whenever you want it, wherever you want…  but you no longer want it. What’s that all about? As I mentioned before, female-initiated sexual encounters peak around ovulation and new relationships, so what’s a girl to do when she has neither of  Continue Reading »

Love, Sex & Baby Making: The Sex Trifecta, Part II

Written on December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Sex is a miraculous and fantastic aspect of life, and as an OB/GYN, it never ceases to fascinate me as I watch the point of sexual engagement evolve from recreation to procreation. For women especially, our approach to sex, as well as our need for it, changes over time. For example, female-initiated sexual encounters peak  Continue Reading »

Let’s Talk About Sex – The Sex Trifecta, Part I:

Written on November 11, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

There are many people in your life with whom you might talk about sex with: your partner, your friends, your kids… maybe others, too – but how often do you talk to your gynecologist about sex? If you answered, “NEVER – she’s just there for my health,” then stop a moment and consider the disconnection  Continue Reading »

From Fertility to Menopause: Part III — Beneficial Botanicals

Written on September 16, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Have you heard that black cohosh alleviates hot flashes? Or that soy (isoflavones), gingko bilboa, and ginseng help improve sex drive, memory, and other related symptoms of menopause? While Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has long been considered the first line of defense, more and more women are turning to botanicals and dietary supplements for relief,  Continue Reading »

From Fertility to Menopause: Part II: HRT & The Change of Life

Written on August 12, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Does this sound familiar to you? It’s 2:00 a.m., and I am wide-awake. I’ve sweated right through my pajamas, and I need to change the sheets. I’m exhausted just thinking about planning tomorrow’s outfit – I’ll need at least four layers just to survive the flashes and make it through a day of work. My  Continue Reading »

From Fertility to Menopause: Phase I — Perimenopause

Written on July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

I just spent a long weekend with some college friends. We are all in perimenopause, which is as big of a mind shift as it is a physical transformation. From the very beginning — in junior high and high school – the emphasis on how our bodies change was all about fertility. Our teachers and  Continue Reading »

Why I Recommend Preconception Genetic Testing

Written on July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Recently I saw a piece on NBC Nightly News about a pair of six-year-old boys, Dylan Siegel and Jonah Pournazarian, who’ve raised over $300,000 for to battle a rare disease that Jonah has called Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD 1b). It’s a beautiful story: best friends since preschool, Dylan wanted to help his friend by raising  Continue Reading »

Infertility Factors: Understanding is the 1st Step to Beat the Odds

Written on May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Infertility is increasingly a problem in our country. Yet the public isn’t aware of how widespread fertility issues truly are. An estimated 7-15% of the population suffers from sub-fertility. As more and more couples delay childbearing, that number may continue to rise. Well over five million children worldwide have been conceived with the help of  Continue Reading »

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Annual GYN Visit (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Written on March 4, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

It’s that time of year again – time to get what you most likely call your annual Pap smear. But there’s more to this important annual visit than just a screening test for cervical cancer (which is what a Pap test is). It’s now considered a preventative visit and is called a well woman exam.  Continue Reading »