Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJen Gunter Oct. 18, 2018 Why do many gynecologists require a pap smear be done in order to prescribe or renew prescriptions for hormonal birth control? - asked by Tiffany Hamilton from Houston, Tex. THE BOTTOM LINE They shouldn’t. It is not recommended that cervical cancer screening and contraception be linked. TELL ME MORE Back in the day the teaching was to make women come in for Pap smears in order to get their birth control pills. This was hopelessly patriarchal. While I don’t know for sure, I’m guessing some doctors had the idea that women couldn’t be trusted to look after their own reproductive health so they needed a carrot (the pill) to help them care for their cervix. Insert angry emoji. I suspect some doctors also linked cervical cancer screening and contraception … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Pap Smear to Get Birth Control?
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One month ago, Michael Avenatti—the Stormy Daniels lawyer, Donald Trump antagonist, and yes, potential 2020 presidential candidate—spoke at an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser and declared to a cheering crowd that there was “no greater question facing our party and our nation” than “how” Democrats fight. He chastised Democrats for having “a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gun fight” when they should be fighting “fire with fire.” Avenatti is the lead storm chaser in a little-noticed front in the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign: Who can out-Trump the sitting president by going the furthest to break procedural “norms”? Even if Avenatti has little chance of winning the nomination, he could still wreck the 2020 Democratic race. In fact he’s already doing it, by using his considerable media skills and political instincts to frame the contest around how far Democrats should go when wielding power, and to … [Read more...] about Michael Avenatti Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary
WELLNESS 07/18/2018 12:38 pm ET You've got options. Nicole Pajer On Assignment For HuffPost Packing can be a daunting process, and forgetting something is a typical occurrence with any trip. If you leave your toothbrush at home, you can ask the hotel concierge for a backup or pop over to a local market to pick one up. But what if you jet off to paradise leaving your birth control pills on your nightstand? Obviously, keeping consistent with your birth control is vital to its effectiveness and preventing unintended pregnancy. So, we talked to some experts to get their take on what to do if you accidentally vacation without your contraception. Here’s what you should know and your plan of action: Attempt To Get A Replacement ASAP “The biggest issue with missing one to two weeks of your birth control is the risk of an unintended pregnancy,” said Dr. Kathleen Borchardt, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology … [Read more...] about What To Do If You Forget Your Birth Control Pills On Vacation
Many women suffer needlessly from endometriosis and fibroids, but advances in technology over the last decade, particularly in the use of robotic surgery for performing minimally invasive procedures, are helping women to end their pain and suffering. Board-certified gynecologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon Dr. Farah Alvi performs robotic surgery at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights. She educates her patients about treatment options available to end debilitating menstrual pain. Below, Alvi answers some of the most common questions female patients have about robotic surgery.Q: What is robotic surgery?A: Robotic surgery is an innovative, minimally invasive surgical technique that first became available in the field of gynecology in 2005. Building on the techniques of traditional laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, the robotic surgical tools are inserted into the patient through ports, which are connected to robotic arms rather than held by the … [Read more...] about Robotic surgery advances provide relief from endometriosis and fibroids
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Last fall, after watching the death toll from opioids climb unchecked for years, Dr. Rahul Gupta, the man in charge of combating one of the worst health crises in America, decided to do something no one had ever tried. He ordered his staff to do an in-depth analysis of every person in his state who had died of a drug overdose over the preceding year—all 887 of them. Since 2014, West Virginia has held the grim distinction of having the highest overdose death rate in the country, according to Centers for Disease Control figures. In 2016, West Virginia’s death rate, according to the most recent federal data, was 52 per 100,000 people—nearly three times the national average. The next highest state, neighboring Ohio, had 39 deaths per 100,000. What West Virginia lacked, though, were the hard numbers that might point officials to a way out of a disaster that showed no signs of abating. Story Continued Below “We wanted to know who each person … [Read more...] about The Immigrant Doctor Who’s Solving West Virginia’s Opioids Crisis