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Infertility Myth Busters: We Explore Common Misconceptions About Getting Pregnant

Perhaps you have a friend who swore to you that she got pregnant by having sex in the missionary position and then holding her legs up in the air for 20 minutes. She probably meant well, but that’s not proven advice. Continue reading as we explore common misconceptions about getting pregnant, such as "you need to have an orgasm during sex," and debunk them.

Uterine Hemorrhaging: Donate Blood and Save a Life

Any obstetrician, nurse, medical assistant, tech, anesthesiologist, etc who spends enough time on labor and delivery will witness a patient hemorrhage around the time of delivery.  This blog explores risk factors for obstetrical hemorrhage and encourages you to donate blood.

Four Rules for a Productive Sex Talk

Laurie Watson, certified sex therapist and director of the Awakenings Center has been so nice to share blog posts with Kamm Mckenzie over the years.  Here is her latest.

 

When we fall in love, sex seems so natural and easy – we can’t imagine that one day, like any other part of a relationship, we will need to talk about it. But it’s entirely normal to have to discuss and negotiate many aspects of sex, from frequency to quality. After all, two people bringing two separate histories, expectations and blueprints for physical intimacy are going to have differences. Here are a few tips for  a productive conversation:

Influenza in Pregnancy

We are currently in the middle of a pretty intense flu season. I am sure most of you know someone who has been diagnosed with the flu or have been diagnosed yourself. I know I have prescirbed Tamiflu to many patients in the last couple of week. This may be a good time to review influenza in the setting of pregnancy.

Natural Family Planning: My Unexperienced Explanation

I’ve written blogs about many options for contraception, but have failed to write about the oldest method, natural family planning.  The new term for this in the medical world is call fertility awareness-based (FAB) methods for pregnancy prevention.  Some women cannot or choose not to use birth control (pills, IUDs, etc) due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons; and thus, rely on FAB methods.  We will get into the details below, but the basic principle is to identify the fertile days of the menstrual cycle using a combination of cycle length and physical signs of ovulation—and then avoiding sex or using a barrier method on these days.  Now, a quick disclosure from me is warranted...I've never practiced FAB methods so all of this is based on my reading and prior knowledge of menstrual cycles and fertile windows.

My Vasectomy: March Madness Style

For those of you who follow my blogs, you know that two kids is “our number” as far as what we want and think we can handle.  We are blessed to have a healthy boy and girl.  So after our daughter was born, I started planning for a vasectomy.

Farewell to Erin Wright, NP

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Erin Wright, one of our two amazing Nurse Practitioners, will be leaving us on March 10, 2017.

One Plus One DOES NOT Equal Two

Two years ago I wrote a blog about making the transition from doctor to dad after my son was born.  Recently the company that runs our online presence reposted it.  Many patients were congratulating me on the birth of my son!  Well, I started to feel guilty that I had not written a blog about having had a second child.  You know, the second kid never gets as much attention as the first.

 

Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 2: Sub-Dermal Implant

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider a subdermal Implant (Nexplanon). Like IUDs (reviewed in the previous blog post), the subdermal implant belongs to the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 1: The IUD

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider an IUD (intrauterine device). IUDs are in the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

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