Sustainable Self-Care For Women

I recently had the opportunity to speak about women’s health with a lovely gathering of fellow alumnae of the University of Rochester, where I was a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music many years ago. Women’s health is one of my favorite subjects, and I’ve devoted the last 20 years of my professional [...]

Reconsidering Hormonal Contraceptives

Typically, women choose to take oral contraceptives, also known as “the pill,” for one (or both) of two reasons: to prevent pregnancy or for medical indications, for example to manage menstrual or other hormonal irregularities. While this can be an empowering choice for women, and many don’t have any overt health issues on the pill, [...]

Coping With Fertility Challenges

You and your partner are ready to start or grow your family but, rather unexpectedly, you’re not getting or staying pregnant. It’s often not so easy to figure out why this is and what to do about it. For most couples, these are existential questions that don’t have easy answers. And they can create a [...]

Does PCOS Go Away In Menopause?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 10-20% of women in the United States, maybe even more since a high percentage of women never receive a proper diagnosis. This is partly due to the wide range of how this syndrome presents and also because providers lack knowledge and awareness to identify PCOS. The numbers also [...]

How Your Pelvic Floor Is Holding It All Together

Deep inside your body is a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to your pelvis, a group of bones at the bottom of your torso. Think of it as a flexible and adaptable system, similar to a trapeze, that helps hold your internal organs in place and yet is flexible enough to allow [...]

Can Hormonal Birth Control Affect My Fertility?

The hormonal birth control pill became available in 1960 and helped create a revolution in industrialized countries by enabling women to control if and when they will have babies. Certainly, doctors, researchers and patients initially came under tremendous pressure (and some spent time in jail) for something that gave women more say over their fertility, [...]

Three Tips to Make a Woman’s Life Easier

We are getting more and more comfortable talking about our periods and reproductive health in public, and we’re looking for options that offer convenience and keep us healthy. We also want more control and more fun. Let me tell you about three options for women to make our lives easier: cups, diaphragms, and funnels. Wow! [...]

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PCOS and Pregnancy

Contrary to what your gynecologist may have told you, having a baby is often not as easy if you were diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS for short. To begin with, a large percentage of women in our country manifest with signs and symptoms of PCOS. However, not all cases look the same or [...]

Planning to Grow Your Family?

You’ve found your mate, you’ve decided it’s the right time to start trying, you’ve stopped your oral contraceptives—you’re ready! Well, not so fast. Rising numbers of couples find that conceiving and carrying pregnancy to term are not as easy as they thought. Maybe you’ve already been trying for several months or even experienced the loss [...]

Find Your Personal Stress Busters

You know it when you're stressed. You just don't feel like your best self. Stress is not what's going on in your life but how you respond to it, consciously or unconsciously. That's why we also call it the stress response. Hans Selye, a physician and professor at McGill University who was born in Vienna [...]

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