the gynecologists


The Duchess of Cambridge made a speech during the launch of maternal mental health films ahead of mother’s day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on March 23, 2017. Best Beginnings created the educational films and are a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign. After her speech, the Duchess sat in on a  parent support group and had the chance to speak with some of the mothers. 

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“I have to conclude, after half a decade of troubleshooting, that it may simply be impossible to make this platform usable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators. ... If my gynecologist regularly hosted neo-Nazi rallies in the exam room, I would find someone else to swab my cervix. If I found out my favorite coffee shop was even remotely complicit in the third world war, I would — bare minimum — switch coffee shops; I might give up coffee altogether.”

- Lindy West nails why the internet is so toxic for women and why she’s left Twitter

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Does the birth control pill cause cancer?

Someone asked us:

I have been on the pill for a year now and I don’t intend to stop. I have read that long term usage of birth control pills might increase the risk of getting some types of cancers like ovarian and breast cancer and that it might be linked to glaucoma. Is this true? Should I consider changing my method? PS: My gynecologist says she has been on the pill for 10 years without a problem but I still have my doubts

Actually, using the pill lowers your chances of developing ovarian and endometrial cancer! The longer you use the pill, the longer that protection lasts and the less likely you are to develop these types of cancer.

And the most recent research says that the pill has little, if any, effect on the risk of developing breast cancer. So rest assured that the birth control pill is very safe, and you can use it for as many years as you need to.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

  • pro-choicer: don't talk about abortion unless you understand it or been through it. uwu
  • former abortionist: hi
  • pro-life gynecologist/embryologist: hi
  • pro-life woman who regrets her abortion: hi
  • pro-life woman who experienced unplanned pregnancy: hi
Any tips for going to the gyno for the first time?

Someone asked us: 

YO YO YO! Ok I’m going to the gyno for the first time today and I’ve been searching for tips but I can’t find any!!! Please gift me with your guidance and advice!

Yoooo. Congrats on your first gyno appointment!

I can understand wanting to study up and get it right. But actually, there isn’t much to know before you go in. Your doctor will guide you through the process and make sure it’s easy peasy. And everyone’s visit will look a little different, depending on which tests/treatments/exams you and your doctor decide you need.

If there’s one hot tip we can give, it would be to make a list of any questions you have before you go in. That way you won’t forget anything when you’re there. Common questions people have for their gynecologist are about their periods, birth control methods, vaginal discharge, or pelvic pain.

Other than getting answers to your questions, here are some of the things that might happen:

  • A pelvic exam, which is when your doctor checks out your vulva, vagina, and other internal organs. Pelvic exams are usually quick and painless. But if anything feels uncomfortable, let your doctor know.
  • A breast exam
  • STD tests
  • A discussion of your general health, sex, relationships, birth control, drugs and alcohol, and STDs
  • Any vaccines you might need, like the HPV vaccine
  • Treatment/follow up about any issues you’re having, like painful periods, unusual discharge, etc.

It’s important to be honest with your doctor. Remember, most gynecologists have seen and heard it all before, and they need all the facts to keep you healthy. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about!

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

Against Abortion

A worried woman went to her Gynaecologist and said:

‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.’

So the Doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you want me to do?’

She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The Doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

She smiled, thinking that the Doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.’

The lady was horrified and said: 'No Doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!’

'I agree’, the Doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’

The Doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb.
The crime is the same!

Happy Women Physicians Day!

I owe an incalculable debt to all the amazing women who came before me and paved my path. 

A selection of my personal heroes, in order of their birth year: 

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in America. 

Dr. Dorthy Reed Mendenhall, the woman who discovered Hodgkin’s Disease is not in fact a type of TB by discovering the eponymous Reed-Sternberg cell. 

Dr. Helen B. Taussig, pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology despite her considerable hearing loss. 

Dr. Gisella Perl, a Jewish gynecologist who was interned at Auschwitz and saved the lives of hundreds of women through great determination and sacrifice.

Dr. Virginia Apgar, an anesthesiologist who developed the Apgar Score we all know and love, improving mother and infant mortality rate in America by pushing obstetricians to do better. 

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Canadian pharmacologist and physician who blocked the approval of thalidomide by the FDA and thus prevented a potentially massive wave of birth defects in the US. 

 Dr. Joycelyn Elders, first African American female Surgeon General of the United States, who never shied away from controversial topics like drug legalization or human sexuality if she believed it would improve the overall health of the nation. 

anonymous asked:

I have insurance but I don't have a Dr that I go to or even a gynecologist can i still go to planned parenthood

Yes! Planned Parenthood has a long history of providing care to people regardless of if they have insurance. Planned Parenthood will continue to deliver expert health care services to people regardless of income, immigration status, or sexual orientation.

“Congratulations, you are expecting twins.” Your gynecologist broke the news to you and your boyfriend Dean. Of course you were exhilarated by the news. Not only were you going to have one happy baby, you were going to have a bundle of joy. However, you don’t know how Dean is digesting the news. He had accidentally knocked you up, but manned up and promised that he would be by both of your side. Taking care of one baby would hard, let alone taking care of yet another tiny human would be a challenge.”Dean, are you okay?” You ask; taking notice of his ghost pale face. He turns at you and suddenly pops a smirk.”I knocked you up pretty good.” He laughed; his hand rubbing your belly.

i’m not even surprised that I just saw, with my own two eyes, a yelp review for a salon that offers brazilian waxing, left by a trans woman, who said it was wrong for them to refuse service based on what was in her pants.

that’s just being intentionally obtuse. A Brazilian wax…INVOLVES what’s in your pants. The people working there have been trained to wax women. Not men. So this trans woman wants to ???? what, force some woman to touch his genitals and wax, when she probably has no training on how to wax male genitals and doesn’t want to.

THIS is the stupidity of pretending that trans women are exactly the same as women. What else is he gonna do? Go to a gynecologist & make demands? Stop pretending a penis is the same as a vulva.