When Yeast is Not Yeast

I think it is a good thing that women do not need to see a doctor for every ailment, that they can self-diagnose and treat with over-the-counter medications. But sometimes, self-diagnosis leads to the wrong treatment and worsening symptoms. Case in point: chronic yeast infections. Yes, there are definitely women who have frequent and recurrent […]

Could It Be Endometriosis?

It’s a common scenario: A young woman goes to the Emergency Room with pelvic pain. She’s told that it must be Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (a condition often caused by an untreated STI), but she’s monogamous and has no risk factors or fever. She’s treated with antibiotics but all of her cultures come back negative and […]

You need an IUD

You need an IUD. Trust me, I’m a doctor. IUDS ARE 99% EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING PREGNANCY, MORE EFFECTIVE THAN BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND WAY, WAY MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CONDOMS. They are also very reversible: your hormones and fertility go back to baseline within a day or two. Okay, obviously this post does not apply to […]

Herpes: It’s Not the Plague

I was a teen in the 80s, and I remember a Time Magazine cover from 1982 that referred to herpes as the modern “Scarlet Letter.” Many of my younger patients don’t recall the intense stigma associated with herpes. Heck, they don’t recall that HIV used to be a death sentence. Times have changed, thank God! […]

Libido: Expect Ups and Downs

“Dr. McNally told me to leave my husband.” While reviewing the notes in a patient’s chart, I was startled to see that she had said this to another provider. Noooooo, I did not say that!  Allow me to explain. My patient had complained that her libido wasn’t what it used to be, so I asked […]