Dreading Day 1

We’ve all been there. Laid up on day one of menstrual flow pondering the need for such torture. Painful cramps that occur with menstruation, is known as dysmenorrhea. It is the most common gynecologic problem in women of all ages and races, and one of the most common causes of pelvic pain. Continue reading


‘Tis the season


‘Tis the season for procreation, apparently.  Conception rates reach their annual peak in December, with about 9 percent of all conceptions in the United States occurring … now.  Why?  There are several theories out there, but studies show that more than twice as many condoms are sold in the week before Christmas which strongly suggests an acute increase in sexual activity with holiday festivities.  Suddenly contemplating your contraceptive options?

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Day is done, gone the sun


The end of day light savings got you down?  As fall drifts on, the amount of day light dwindles and for some, so may your spirits.  But before you chalk it up to your primal instinct to hibernate for the winter, learn more about seasonal affective disorder. Continue reading

Muddled Mammograms


Confused about mammogram recommendations? It is not hard to understand why.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states, “Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health,” as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG).

The United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) “recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years … [and] concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.” The Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (KPCMI) has similar recommendations.

The guideline for breast cancer screening can be a frustrating one for patients and a challenge for healthcare providers. Continue reading