If you’re pregnant, odds are good that someone has told you not to eat deli meat. Why? Listeria. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium commonly found in soil, water, and some animals. When food contaminated by Listeria is consumed, it can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially serious illness. But why is everyone so obsessed with deli meat? Well, it’s because Listeria can live and thrive in the cold, which sets it apart from most other bugs that cause food borne illness.
There is a lot more out there when it comes to contraception than “The Pill.” Did you know that five new birth control methods have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past five years!? In this blog post, we’ll delve into these new contraceptives—Slynd, Phexxi, Nextellis, Anoverra, and Twirla—each offering unique features and benefits. These effective methods expand birth control access and acceptability, so that more patients can take control of their family planning.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (commonly referred to as PCOS) is an ovulation disorder that impacts roughly 1 in 10 reproductive age women. The disorder is characterized by infrequent periods, elevated androgens and a multi cystic appearance of the ovaries on ultrasound.
As women approach menopause, they often encounter a range of physical and emotional symptoms that can negatively impact their quality of life. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), or Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), refers to medical management of these symptoms using supplemental estrogen plus or minus progesterone. In this blog, we’ll delve into the nuanced landscape of MHT, exploring advantages, associated risks, and the populations of women who might benefit from it.
Did you hear the big news? On July 13, 2023, the FDA officially approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill available in the United States! This OTC pill, called “OPill” differs from traditional, prescription birth control pills in a few ways. Here, we’ll dive into some of the key points to know if you considering this contraceptive option.
Oral Contraceptive Pills, aka “the pill”, have been around for over 60 years. First approved for use in the United States in 1960, 1.2 million American women were using the pill within the first 2 years of its distribution. Today, the pill is still the most popular method of reversible contraception in the U.S., with 16% of women between ages 15 and 44 taking the pill – that accounts for 30% of all American women! To say that A LOT has changed between its initial approval and today, however, would be an understatement. From the pill dosage, risks and benefits, and reasons we love it – there is much to praise the pill for in its modern form.