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5 Common STDS and How They're Treated Jun 20th, 2024

More than 2.5 million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diagnosed every year in the United States, according to the CDC, and data show those rates of infection are on the rise. Fortunately, most STDs can be treated with medication. The key is seeking medical treatment as soon as possible. At...

How Long Can I Have An IUD? May 1st, 2024

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are an increasingly popular birth control method for women in the United States, particularly among younger women. Once implanted, the IUD “works” on its own, eliminating the need to remember to take a pill, use a messy gel, or visit the doctor for frequent injections.  Slim and...

I Feel Fine. Why Do I Need An Annual Female Exam? Apr 9th, 2024

Seeing a doctor when you don’t feel well seems like second nature. After all, when you’re sick, you want a medical professional to do all they can to help you feel better as quickly as possible. What’s less obvious is why you should see a doctor when you feel perfectly...

Am I Eligible for the Nexplanon Implant for Long-Term Birth Control? Mar 14th, 2024

Contraceptives have come a long way over the past 50+ years, and today, women have lots of choices when it comes to selecting a birth control method. The Nexplanon® birth control implant is an increasingly popular option, providing an effective form of contraception that keeps working for up to five...

What Does It Mean to Be Diagnosed with High-Risk HPV? Feb 5th, 2024

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a large family of over 200 viruses (or virus strains), many extremely common and completely harmless. HPV is so common that most sexually active people will become infected with at least one strain at some point during their lives. Usually, HPV infections clear up independently with...

8 Invaluable Benefits of an Annual Physical Exam Dec 31st, 2023

Seeing the doctor when you’re sick is a no-brainer. When you feel fine, it can be tempting to avoid the doctor altogether. But skipping your annual exam can cause more problems in the future. Having a yearly physical is one of the wisest decisions you can make for your future...

 Feminizing Hormone Therapy: What to Expect  Dec 19th, 2023

Feminizing hormone therapy can be a transformative experience for people undergoing gender transition, helping people assigned male at birth feel more “in tune” with their authentic identities. But while the result can be very positive, therapy does involve significant changes, and knowing what to expect can help make your journey...

Does Condom Use Offer Protection From All STDs? Nov 8th, 2023

  Roughly a third of Americans use condoms during sex, helping prevent unplanned pregnancies. Aside from convenience and widespread availability, condoms offer another key advantage: They help prevent transmitting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs or STIs).  Because condoms are a barrier method of contraception, many people wonder if using condoms regularly...

5 Warning Signs of a Possible Miscarriage Oct 1st, 2023

Every year, millions of women become pregnant — and about one-quarter of those pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although having a miscarriage can be a devastating experience, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) notes that, following miscarriage, most women go on to have successful pregnancies. For women who have...

How a Medical and Surgical Abortion Differ Sep 1st, 2023

Abortion is a safe, effective way to take control of your health, your life, and your future. It’s also a lot more common than people realize. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, about a quarter of all women will have an abortion before age 45.  When considering abortion, knowing...

I've Had Abnormal Pap Smear Results: Now What? Jul 31st, 2023

 Pelvic exams play an essential role in women’s healthcare, which often means getting a Pap smear, too. Taking just a few moments to perform, the Pap smear is the leading screening tool for cervical cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women.  Getting an abnormal result on...

Set It and Don't Sweat It Contraception: When to Consider IUD or Implant Birth Control  Jul 1st, 2023

Contraception has come a long way since the first birth control pill received FDA approval in 1960. Today, there are more options than ever to help women take control of their health, lives, and futures. Knowing all your options ensures that your birth control method is the best for your...

STD Rates are Surging: The Importance of Prevention and Testing Jun 7th, 2023

Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases has proven very effective in decreasing the rates of many infections. But in recent years, the rates of some infections have risen — sometimes dramatically.  Rates of three of the most common STDs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis — have all increased in...

At What Stage of My Gender Transition Can I Start Hormone Therapy? May 23rd, 2023

About 1.6% of American adults identify as transgender or nonbinary, according to data from the Pew Research Center. That’s just over 4 million individuals who identify with a gender different from the one they were given at birth. While not every transgender or nonbinary person uses hormone therapy, for many, therapy...

Know the Signs of Early Miscarriage Apr 10th, 2023

Miscarriages are incredibly common — as many as 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, most in the early weeks of pregnancy. But just because they’re not uncommon, that doesn’t mean they don’t require prompt, appropriate medical care.  Miscarriages require medical treatment to ensure you’re healthy. Knowing the early signs of miscarriage helps...

How To Choose the Birth Control Method That’s Right for You Mar 8th, 2023

At first blush, picking a birth control option seems simple and straightforward. However, once you start considering all of your options, it can become a tad overwhelming. As an OB/GYN and women’s health and reproductive rights advocate, DeShawn Taylor, MD, MSc, FACOG, works tirelessly to help people in her care...

A Healthy Vagina is Our Friend Oct 30th, 2020

People with vaginas know—from the time that you realize what it is and what it does, you have a love-hate relationship with it. Vaginal discomfort can cause a lot of distress for people.  The vagina is a carefully crafted ecosystem with a healthy mixture of bacteria (some harmful, some good)...

Why does it hurt when you pee? Sep 20th, 2020

Today's hot topic is: Why does it hurt when you pee? This is a common concern that women have when meeting with their gynecologist or primary care provider. Painful urination can be very bothersome and get in the way of a woman’s daily life, so it can be helpful to...