Wait, no pelvic exam?

There is so much confusion and misinformation when it comes to pelvic exams: what they entail, what they can and cannot diagnose, and how often they are necessary. In this time of telemedicine, people are surprised to learn that yes, actually, I can do many visits remotely. When I was in residency (before computers or […]

When Sex Hurts

Painful sex (the unintentional kind) can make life and relationships less satisfying. Sex is not a necessity–it is not like oxygen, food, or shelter–but it is important to many women. “Dyspareunia” is the medical term for painful sex, and it is a common problem. Many women are embarrassed to discuss this with their healthcare providers. […]

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 […]