cervical cancer

7 things to know about sexually transmitted infections

What if I told you there are infections so prevalent that they affect nearly 1 million people every day worldwide? Not only that, but these particular infections continue to be on the rise each and every year. I’m talking about sexually transmitted infections, or STIs (also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs). Sexual …

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5 things every woman should know about cervical cancer and HPV

What is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers known to be caused by a virus known as human papilloma virus (HPV). There are about 200 types of HPV, including low-risk strains that can cause warts and high-risk strains that can cause cervical cancer. The types of HPV that can lead to …

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Do you really need to see your gynecologist every year?

Going to the gynecologist is not something you necessarily look forward to. But as a woman, this annual appointment is essential for disease prevention and your relationship with your OB/GYN is a critical part of your health care at every stage in your life. Although the guidelines have changed for Pap smears — the test …

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HPV vaccine: To give or not to give

As an OB/GYN, I have seen and dealt with the consequences of HPV-related disease and have been very vocal about aggressively promoting vaccination. I have vaccinated my own children against HPV and make it a habit to educate my patients who are mothers of preteens/teens to consider the HPV vaccine for their children. But we are still seeing too many …

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Breaking down recommendation to discontinue routine pelvic exams

News this week that routine annual pelvic exams for healthy women may not be necessary is undoubtedly causing confusion for women across the country. As The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday: The routine pelvic exam endured by healthy women at their physician’s office is a yearly ritual that frequently produces pain, anxiety and embarrassment …

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