Medical Matters

Letter to My Teen Patient: What I REALLY Want to Say to You by Dr. Adriana Lee

Dear Teen, I saw you for a sports physical today, and I noticed that you have been prescribed birth control in the past. I am supposed to ask you if you are using appropriate protection from STDs and whether the birth control choice is working for you. You are no longer using protection? Oh, because... [Read more...]

Is Being Pregnant Riskier than Using the Pill? by Michel Accad, MD

Yes hormonal contraception has risks, but pregnancy is even more risky!” No doubt, readers of the CANFP NEWS are familiar with this argument or a version of it. What may be less familiar is the “evidence” that pill pushers use to advance that claim. While preparing a CANFP talk on the physical... [Read more...]

A Cardiologist’s Experience with Abortion Pill Reversal by Michel Accad, MD

You never know when something you learn at a CANFP conference will come in handy! I found that out just a few weeks ago, when I received a call from the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) program, about S, a 22 year old woman who had second thoughts after going to a Planned Parenthood and receiving her first... [Read more...]

It May Not Be Too Late to Save a Life by George Delgado, MD, FAAFP

Have you ever changed your mind about something and wished you could undo what you had done? Did you ever wish you could pull back words out of the air and put them back into your mouth? Did you ever desire to undo the knots and tangles you have placed on your personal relationships? Many women today... [Read more...]

Polycystic Ovaries: Old is New Again With Robotic Ovarian Wedge Resections by Amie Holmes, MD, OB-Gyn

Polycystic ovaries (PCO) is a relatively common condition that affects four to six percent of reproductive-aged women. As the name suggests, the ovaries contain many small cysts. These cysts create a classic appearance on ultrasound called “string of pearls” because the small cysts line up around... [Read more...]

Update on Exercise and Fertility: You May Be Surprised by Mary Davenport, MD

Women wanting to get pregnant are subject to contradictory advice from family, friends, and health professionals. Exercise is an especially confusing subject for many. Those having trouble conceiving sometimes confess feeling guilty about not going to the gym or inadequate physical fitness. We know that... [Read more...]

Medical Experts and the Stewardship of the Body by Michel Accad, MD

Taking care of our bodies shouldn’t be rocket science. The gift of life doesn’t come with “Instructions for Use” that require a Ph.D. in physiology. For the most part, instinct and common sense do just fine: eat to satisfy your hunger and no more; choose palatable foods that make you feel well... [Read more...]

Practicing Urology as a Catholic Physician by Dr. Michael Harris

In the late 1990s an observer might think that I had it all. I was happily married to a beautiful woman and we had three beautiful children. My urology practice was very busy, our home was comfortable, and overlooked a bay off of Lake Michigan. Long bike rides with friends in the summer and strenuous... [Read more...]

Robotic Surgery: Advanced Endometriosis Treatment by Theresa Stigen, MD

One of the most common underlying causes of painful periods and infertility is endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when part of the uterine lining implants in areas outside of the uterus. Common symptoms include painful periods, painful intercourse, chronic pelvic pain, and infertility. Most medical... [Read more...]

His Perfect Plan by Melanie Kappadakunnel, MPH, OMS-II

Alicia and her husband Mark were devastated. They had just found out that their third pregnancy was an ectopic one, and Alicia had to have surgery to remove her fallopian tube. They had made so many plans for their little one—brought out the crib again, put together a set of little clothes, and started... [Read more...]

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