Just what I need some mornings….
Monthly Archives: February 2012
It has a four year cycle that parallels the elections. It is most quiescent in the winter after a Presidential election, with a moderate spike in the lead up to midterm elections. There is a respite the following winter and then a full blown attack starts a year before Election Day. Symptoms crescendo until the President is elected and then the cycle starts again. The cure for uncontrolled vagina and uterus syndrome is Traditional American Values. A known byproduct of this illness is shaking money out of the pockets of the Religious Right.
Evidence that we are now in a the midst of a full-blown epidemic of uncontrolled vagina and uterus syndrome:
The GOP doesn’t think employers, or even health plans, should cover contraception. Reason being it’s cheap (to a millionaire yes, yes it is) and it’s going to…
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Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes most cervical, vaginal, and anal cancers. It also causes cancer of the vulva, and penis. More recently, HPV has been identified as an increasing cause of head and neck cancers, especially for men. From 1984 to 2004 the percentage of head and neck cancers related to HPV jumped from 16% to 70%.
While there are more than a 100 types of HPV, there are several strains (HPV 16 and HPV 18 in particular) that are particularly cancer causing both above or below the belt.
HPV is ubiquitous in the genital tract. If you are a woman and you are sexually active there is a 70% chance you will have been infected by the age of 22. The good news is most people clear their HPV infection. It’s the infections that the immune system can’t clear that are at risk of…
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Too powerful not to re-blog. Just picture this happening over and over if Roe v Wade is ever overturned.
I was in clinic when I heard the overhead STAT page to the emergency room.
As I sprinted down the stairs, I ran through the possible scenarios. I wasn’t on call, so the day to day gynecologic emergencies weren’t my purview. I hadn’t operated on anyone in the past few weeks, so unlikely to be one of my own patients with a complication.
Logically there was only one conclusion.
A nurse was holding the staff entrance to the ER open. From the look on her face I surmised this was to save the minute or two it would take to punch in the numbers on the lock and inquire at the desk for patient’s whereabouts.
“Down there,” she pointed.
On the gurney lay a young woman the color of white marble. The red pool between her legs, ominously free of clots, offered a silent explanation.
“She arrived a few minutes…
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