Tag Archives: Women’s Health

A Pollen That Banishes…Hot Flashes

  For women going through the menopausal transition, there’s no better discovery than a safe, natural, nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes that really works. So a study just presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists caught our eye. It focused on an over-the-counter

USPSTF Pelvic Exams; Dr. Simon Responds

Despite Recent Report, You Still Need an Annual Pelvic Exam Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that, “the current evidence is ‘insufficient’ to determine the balance of benefits and harms of the pelvic exam.” The USPSTF then made the recommendation to discontinue routine pelvic exams for women

USPSTF Pelvic Exams Response for Healthcare Professionals

USPTF Rebuttal: Why Women Still Need Pelvic Exams Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that there is limited evidence to support doing routine pelvic exams for women who are healthy and not pregnant. They say: “There is limited evidence regarding the diagnostic accuracy and harms of the

NAMS Reply to the USPSTF Guidelines

Released July 1, 2016 Under the editorship of NAMS Executive Director JoAnn V. Pinkerton MD, NCMP, First to Know presents commentary on the latest, breaking scientific articles as suggested by members of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the leading nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to improving women’s health and quality

Size Does Matter (Part 1)

No, this post isn’t about penises or vibrators. (Why do our minds always go there!) I’ll reserve that subject for Part 2. This is about the clitoris. Yes, the clitoris, “a small erectile female organ located within the anterior junction of the labia minora that develops from the same embryonic

FDA Approves “ADDYI”

Dear Patient, Supporters and Friends, Today the FDA made #HERstory for women with the approval of a first-ever medical treatment option for women’s most common sexual dysfunction, known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD. You can think of this disorder (HSDD) as: distressing low desire that can affect a

Vulvovaginal Atrophy – Are You Suffering in Silence?

Vulvovaginal Atrophy The symptoms of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women most commonly include dryness (the sensation of dryness unrelated to sexual activity), and dyspareunia (difficult or painful sexual intercourse). The relative proportion of these two symptoms appears to vary. Reported differences in the relative prevalence of dryness vs. dyspareunia may

What is Vulvovaginal Atrophy?

Vulvovaginal Atrophy Vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) is a common condition associated with the decreased estrogenization of the vaginal tissues. It occurs most often after menopause, but it can also develop during breast-feeding or at any other time your body’s estrogen production declines. The inevitable estrogen deficiency that accompanies reproductive aging and

There is a Non-Hormonal Prescription Option for Hot Flashes

Non-Hormonal Prescription Option for Hot Flashes Hot flashes and its nocturnal cousin, night sweats, the highly descriptive street names for the vasomotor symptoms (VMS) experienced by as many as 80% of menopausal women, are the most common of all menopausal symptoms. No consensus exists on the pathophysiology of menopausal VMS,

FDA Approval of the “Pink Pill” a Probable Outcome?

Is the FDA Approval of the “Pink Pill” a Probable Outcome? A failure to approve flibanserin would set a dangerous precedent. Why? Because the pharmaceutical company did everything the FDA asked it to do, and the results came out statistically significantly better than placebo—which was the desired endpoint. If the