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Over the counter, extremely sensitive pregnancy tests now allow a woman to find out that she is pregnant even before she has missed a period. And if she then gets a “late period”, she realizes it represents a failed early pregnancy. Miscarriage is extremely prevalent, occurring in up to 20% of clinically recognized pregnancies (and…

Although I rarely write articles about pregnancy, I couldn’t pass on a study that appeared in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The authors from McGill University tested Vitamin D levels in a group of pregnant women in Halfax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City (not sunny places).169 of these women…

Five days a week the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG) emails its fellows (yes I’m a Fellow) a summary of headlines that can impact our specialty. In Thursday’s section on women’s health and research, they highlighted a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. (There are so many…

Next week after we celebrate Mother’s Day, I will report on the state of the world’s mothers from data that was just released by “Save the Children”. But this week, I thought I would be more uplifting and talk about the advances in freezing eggs which can allow women to become mothers when they otherwise…

Anywhere from 12 to 15% of early pregnancies which have been detected with pregnancy tests are lost. Perhaps more occur in women who simply think their periods were late and didn’t run tests to see if they were pregnant. Miscarriage rates also increase as couples get older. A delay in trying to get pregnant again…

I used to say that home delivery was for pizza. It was a comment that was sort of cute, questionably appropriate, and currently considered “not-with-it” and even offensive. Historically, it was of course the norm. In 1940 (yes, before I was born) 44 % of births in the United States States occurred outside the hospital…

I rarely write website articles on prenatal issues, but I thought that the fish debate was one that would be interesting, not just to my patients who are considering getting or are already pregnant, but also to their mothers, mother-in-laws and the rest of the family and friends who eagerly offer advice as soon as…

I didn’t have a chance to discuss this in my last website and even though I’m a week late I wanted to belatedly acknowledge the International Day of the Girl which was celebrated on October 11. In honor of that day, the CDC sent an email with information that they hoped would raise awareness about…

This has been a fabulous week for me. On Monday, I was honored by the National Breast Cancer Coalition event titled “Les Girls”. Unlike most “disease dinners” this was a cabaret style stage show with television actors singing, dancing and providing fabulous entertainment to a few hundred guests who were there to raise money and…

Up to 20% of women experience at least one episode of clinical depression in their lifetime. Talking to my patients and surveying my family, I sometimes think it might be even more than that… But I will cheerfully tell you about an article that came out in the New England Journal of Medicine on June…

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