March 31, 2018

All women who will be pregnant during flu season should get the influenza virus vaccine. 

This is a killed virus vaccine that is safe during pregnancy and does not cause birth defects. Women who contract the flu in pregnancy are more likely to have severe complications...

March 30, 2018

A surrogate is a gestational carrier. 

An egg from the biological mother is retrieved through artificial reproductive means, mixed with sperm from the biological father, and an embryo is created in a petri dish through IVF. Then the embryo is transferred to a surrogate...

March 29, 2018

Sex selection uses medical means to choose the sex of a baby. 

Most of the time, this is done for pregnancies with significant risks of inheriting an x-linked genetic disorder, such as hemophilia, which is a serious bleeding disorder.  Since males only have one X chrom...

March 28, 2018

Many medications start out with the intention to treat a specific condition, and over time it is discovered that the medication is beneficial in other medical situations. 

Many antidepressants that were traditionally used by psychiatrists to treat depression, have been...

March 27, 2018

An ectopic pregnancy is one that occurs in the fallopian tube, instead of in the uterus. As the pregnancy grows the fallopian tube can rupture, leading to catastrophic internal bleeding and even death, so it is very important to make this diagnosis.  It often presents...

March 27, 2018

Prophylactic removal of the ovaries is considered after childbearing is complete in women who carry a BRCA 1 or 2 mutation. 

These women have a high chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime, and it is beneficial to remove the ovaries prophylactically in th...

March 26, 2018

An endometrial ablation is a minor surgical procedure that is done either in the doctor’s office or an ambulatory surgery facility. 

It is indicated for women who have very heavy periods. It makes the periods very light or non existent, but doesn't do anything to your...

March 25, 2018

It is imperative to let your partner know that you have a history of genital herpes before you have sex with him. 

Many people are reluctant to do this because it is often thought of as a “deal breaker” in a relationship. It is unfair to not share this information, bec...

March 24, 2018

If a condom breaks or if you have unprotected sex, you should take the morning after pill to decrease the chance of getting pregnant. It should not be used as a method of birth control. It is used as emergency contraception. 

Plan B one step is a progesterone only...

March 23, 2018

In low risk patients, a mammogram is usually initiated at age 40. Mammograms should be done every one to two years between the ages of 40 and 50, and then yearly after 50. In women who have a strong family history of breast cancer, especially in first degree relatives,...

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