“As a mom and a doctor, what advice would you give a third-year medical student trying to choose a specialty?” the bright-eyed med student asked me. Her smile was ear to ear, and I didn’t want to burst her bubble. This is a complicated question to ask and the answers change as life changes. I chose OB/GYN because it was the only specialty I truly fell in love with. For me, ...

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As I sat on the edge of her bed discussing delivering options, a sweet mom of twins (who we had decided to welcome to the world at just a few pounds each) looked at me and asked a question that many of us are asked: “What’s safest? What would you do if it were you?" Most of the time we present options as best we can. If one is clearly the ...

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While lying on a hard metal table with my legs spread open and a clamp on my cervix, I was instructed to “relax.” My audience included a nurse, two radiologists, and my OB/GYN's partner, who I met minutes earlier when she rushed in apologizing that my OB/GYN was called away to a delivery. A delivery: the culmination of those nine months of a pregnancy that I so eagerly desired. I got ...

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Addyi (flibanserin), the drug to increase female libido had a timid entry into the market with very few prescriptions considering the “hype.” Bloomberg Business reported 227 prescriptions in the first month. That’s a pittance considering Valeant paid $1 billion for the drug. I am unlikely to help Valeant recoup their investment, because the more I read about this drug, the worse it looks. Here’s why: It barely works One of the study ...

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Recently, another study was published showing that SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with increased rates of autism in the children.  By my count, this is now the tenth study on this topic -- all of which found links between SSRI antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism in the offspring.  Most of these studies were recently reviewed, and also concluded that SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated ...

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Yet again, the topic of breastfeeding has been discussed in the mainstream media and -- not surprisingly -- was depicted in a less-than-factual way. It seems every few weeks these stories surface, and usually it’s a mom who’s been shamed for nursing in public. It happens so often I have almost stopped paying attention because they are so equally infuriating and repetitive. This time, however, it was the ...

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Recruitment season is my favorite time of year. The CVs pile into the database, and we sift through the resumes, searching for candidates that would make a great fit for our organization. Next, I get on the phone and assess their level of interest and try to sell them on everything we have to offer. We fly them out for a live interview, and the negotiations begin. Last year was a ...

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The New York Post is reporting that women in New York are getting labiaplasties to look and feel better in tight athletic wear. They quote a patient, Veronica R., as wanting to “look like Barbie.” According to the Post, on the Upper East Side in New York there are apparently “a large number” of women who want to look “sleeker in so-called athleisure wear, made from Lycra-like fabrics that often ...

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I worked full time as a physician in the emergency department.  I worked mostly 9-hour shifts, but some 12-hour shifts as well. Days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends were divided up amongst the entire group of physicians. I worked my share of those shifts as well. I have worked in the ER while pregnant twice now, and while I am proud to be ...

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You all have prostates. Seriously.  But let me explain further to those people who simply can not fathom as to how a woman could dare ask for maternity leave and expect her other team members to “pick up her slack, because she chose to get pregnant.”  (Yep, check the comments section on my last post. Pretty entertaining, in fact!) Life happens to everyone. If my profession as a trauma surgeon has ...

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