5 Things They Never Tell You About Life After Cancer

They'll tell you how to cope during treatment, but life after cancer has its own battles. Because treatment ends, but cancer never truly leaves you. At 17, I fought an advanced form of cancer at a world-renowned hospital. I was given every form of support and educational resource possible, from counselors to peer mentors. What they didn't tell me is that after cancer, new battles will arise. I'm sure a few of these won't resonate with some survivors, but these are the things I wish someone had warned me about. ...more

I Feel Irrelevant, and I'm Trying to Find My Purpose

I recently shared with a friend that I felt irrelevant. What led to that conclusion was a year of tremendous upheaval. I left my university teaching job, sold my home, moved away from my community and friends, and sent my twins to college 14 hours away. All of the roles I had assumed for years -- mother, teacher, colleague, friend -- seemed to fall away, leaving... what? ...more
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Start a New Exercise Routine in May for Physical Fitness Month

I suppose May is a perfectly fine month to start thinking about getting fit. The weather is getting nicer, and the fear of squeezing into a bathing suit is looming large. However, wouldn't it be more efficient to think about fitness all year long? That would take the pressure off the month of May. Then all we would have to do in May is the same thing we did in April and so forth. ...more
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Empowering Language to Use When Talking About 'Positive Body Image'

An astounding 90% of girls age 15-17 want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with weight being their highest priority. Even worse, that number actually raises once girls become women; 91% percent of women are unhappy with their bodies. So if you call under that category, you’re not alone....more

What to Expect at an In-Office Hysteroscopy

Last week, I had a hysteroscopy performed in my gynecologist's office. I previously had a hysteroscopy performed back in 2011 while under general anesthesia. (It was done at the same time I was getting my laparoscopy.) I was a little nervous and anxious about the in-office procedure because I would be awake and I didn't quite know what to expect. ...more

Vaginal Health: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to vaginal health– what are the do’s and don’ts?...more

Are You Getting Alzheimer’s Disease?

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so it is a perfect time to discuss the differences between normal age-related brain function changes and the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.Does this sound familiar? You walk into your bedroom, stop and look around dumbfounded. “What did I come in here to get?” No idea.  Maybe if you walk out and come back later, your brain will remember. One of the biggest concerns women have as they get older is whether or not they will end up suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia....more
If you're 25 and you misplace your keys, you just find it annoying. If you're 65 and misplace ...more

Do I Need Genetic Testing?

Angelina Jolie, the movie star, director and humanitarian, changed the face of women’s health single handedly when she revealed to the world that she carried a gene mutation that put her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She practically shocked the nation when she underwent two separate surgeries to have her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in order to significantly reduce her own risk.  By telling us her story, Angelina helped start an important conversation about who is at higher risk for these specific cancers and needs genetic testing....more

Does Breast Self-Exam Really Detect Cancer?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to debunk the breast self-examination myth. Are you ready to be shocked? Believe it or not, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that doing your own monthly exam makes any difference whatsoever when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer early and affecting mortality rates later on. I know this sounds completely counterintuitive. When I first learned this information in 1990, I was an OB/GYN resident at the University of San Francisco, California. That was 25 years ago, and we are still teaching women to do breast self-exams. Why?...more

September is National Menopause Awareness Month

There are approximately 65 million menopausal women in the US, and I am willing to bet that most of you have no idea that there is an actual month devoted to raising awareness about this important life stage. Am I right? The only reason I know about it is because I belong to the North American Menopause Society, which is dedicated to the education of both health care professionals and menopausal women. In addition to the fact that I am a gynecologist who specializes in midlife women’s health, I also hit the BIG 5-0 this year....more