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We’ve all been hearing more and more about HPV infections; that they cause cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, anal cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer and venereal warts. I’ve written several articles about the need to immunize girls and boys with the HPV vaccine. The most common vaccine, Gardasil is given in 3 doses, it is a…

As women transition from their regular periods and reproductive stage of life to irregular periods, followed by their absence and menopause, we are likely to experience symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. And they are expected… But what we don’t expect is a decrease in our mental abilities or fine motor skills. (As…

I have obsessively discussed the positive health aspects of the various forms of contraception in my newsletters over the past few years. (Clearly a part of my Planned Parenthood background!) I have also proclaimed gender health success when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stated that after August 1, 2012, preventive health services recommended by the…

I routinely ask my new patients: “How much, on average, do you drink each week?” In order to make this question slightly less accusatory, I also add “do you usually have wine with dinner or a cocktail before?” If the answer is “yes, one or two glasses”, I then feel obligated to discuss the pros…

Recently, a mother brought her adolescent daughter to my office for advice about  menstrual migraine therapy. After I made my suggestions, I thought it might be timely to give a few “notes” (I sound like a producer) for the website regarding the causes of and treatments for this debilitating disorder. Migraine headaches are unfortunately very…

As I sat down to write this newsletter, I felt that I did not have a favorite new article to use for an update. So rather than leave a blank newsletter this week, I thought I might re-issue one that I wrote for MSNBC several years ago. (There is nothing like quoting oneself!) It dealt…

A quick reminder (or as I like to put it, a 101 course on menstrual cycles): Two ovarian hormones are responsible for your menstrual cycles; estrogen and progesterone. Each has some amazing effects on your tissues and may instigate  good days and bad days. Estrogen  begins to be synthesized from cholesterol  within the ovary on…

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