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Birth Control
Do Birth Control Pills Increase Your Risk Of Breast Cancer?
A new study published this week in the prestigious medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association (10/11/00) evaluated whether there was any increased risk of breast cancer in women who have a strong family history of breast cancer already.
(Article)
Non-Contraceptive Benefits Of “The Pill”
Womens health article about the non-contraceptive benefits of the birth control pill
(Article)
What if the Pill is Not for You?  Reversible Contraceptive Choices
Birth control pills are the most commonly used form of contraceptive in the United States, closely followed by sterilization. But what is there for women who want reversible contraception but can’t or don’t want to take the Pill?
(Article)
Fertility Awareness And The Rhythm Method
Also known as natural family planning or periodic abstinence, fertility awareness entails not having sexual intercourse on the days of a woman's menstrual cycle when she is more likely to become pregnant, or using a barrier method of birth control on those days.
(Article)
Hormonal Contraceptive Options
There are now three hormonal, long-term, reversible contraception methods: hormone implants (Norplant) and hormone injections (Depo-Provera or Lunelle). They're all highly effective, but they can cause side effects some women find unacceptable.
(Article)
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
The greatest barrier to more widespread IUD use is the lack of familiarity of the product among women and physicians alike. In well-selected patients, IUDs provide reliable contraception for up to 10 years with minimal side effects and complications.
(Article)
Planning A Pregnancy: What You Should Do First
Before conceiving a child, you should discuss the topics included in this article with your obstetrician.
(Article)
Pregnancy 101: The Beginning And The End
There has never been better news for pregnancy planning: maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy and childbirth are at an all time low, prenatal diagnostics and interventions have continued to improve, and the “information age” has offered unprecedented access to medically related input.
(Article)
Spermicides
Spermicides are non-prescription and easily available in many different preparations (creams, foams, jellies, suppositories). Ideally, spermicides should be used with another method, such as condoms or diaphragms.
(Article)
The Cervical Cap
A cervical cap is a soft rubber cup with a round rim designed to cover the cervix more precisely than the diaphragm (it is thimble-shaped rather than dome-shaped), although it generally works the same way. How does it differ from the diaphragm?
(Article)
The Contraceptive Sponge
The sponge, a disk-shaped polyurethane foam device containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9, is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix. It acts as a barrier but also holds spermicide (nonoxynol-9) up against the cervix.
(Article)
The Diaphragm
Available by prescription only and sized by a health professional to achieve a proper fit, the diaphragm is a dome-shaped rubber disk with a flexible rim that works in two ways to prevent pregnancy.
(Article)
The Female Condom
The Reality Female Condom (FDA approved in 1993) consists of a lubricated polyurethane sheath with one closed end and one open end.
(Article)
The Male Condom
Except for abstinence, latex condoms are the most effective method to reduce the risk of infections causing AIDS, other HIV-related illnesses, and other STDs, although they do not provide protection against all STDs.
(Article)
Debunking The Myths About Birth Control Pills
Read an article that discusses several myths about birth control pills.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Does the Atkins Diet (controlled carbohydrate diet) Really Work?
Read an article explaining the findings of a clinical trial looking at low carbohydrate diets.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Dr. Donnica’s Top Tips for Success On The Atkins Diet (controlled carbohydrate diet)
Review a list of diet tips to take into consideration when following a low carbohydrate diet.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Fibroids And The Pill
Learn what drug options are available for treatment and pain management of benign tumors of the uterus.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defects
January is birth defects prevention awareness month: are you aware that the most important steps a woman can take to preventing birth defects are actually before she gets pregnant?
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Trouble Swallowing Pills
If you hate swallowing pills and struggle every time you have to take a pill, rest assured that you are not alone!
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Abnormal Pap Smears
One in 10 Pap smears will have some abnormality, so don't panic if you get a call from your doctor's office asking you to return. Don't panic, but do go!
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Are Daily Multivitamins Really Helpful?
Read an article discussing the important role vitamins take in preventing infectious illnesses and birth defects.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Breakthrough Bleeding
Read an article discussing breakthrough bleeding one of the common side effects of birth control pill usage..
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Causes and Treatment of Depression
Read an article that discusses the genetic and environmental factors involved in the onset of clinical depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Clinical Trials For Women
Read an article discussing the use of biomedical research to zone in on medical breakthroughs for women's health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Debunking Myths About Fibroids
Read an article that explains misinformation about fibroid tumors.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Debunking Myths About Osteoporosis
Read an article that discussed a disease that can cause bone loss at a much earlier age than we expect.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Debunking the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About First Trimester Pregnancy
Learn the truth behind many old wives tales, or accurate information carried to the extreme, of pregnancy.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Does Bedding Affect Allergies And Asthma?
Read an article discussing the effectiveness of mattress and pillow covers decreasing asthma or allergy symptoms.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Dr. Donnica’s Top Ten Tips For PMS Management
Review a list of questions to ask your physician regarding premenstrual syndrome and how to control its symptoms.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Dr. Donnica’s Top Ten Tips for Staying Healthy
Read an aritcle that discusses simple steps a woman can take to stay healthy.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Drug Interactions--What You Should Know
Gain an understanding as to why it is important to read labels and speak with doctors and pharmacists about all the medications you are taking.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Five Questions to Ask Before Taking Any New Medicine
You often hear that you should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about medicines, whether they are prescription, over-the-counter, or alternative medicine products. Great advice--but what questions should you ask?
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Give the Gift of Life this Christmas
Merry Christmas! As you open your gifts this year, think about how you can contribute to the gift of life. Yes, moms and dads give the gift of life each time a new baby is born, but there are many other ways to contribute to this gift pool.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Give your Medicine Cabinet a Make-over
As if you didn’t have enough to do over the holidays, now is a good time to give your medicine cabinet a long overdue make-over.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Going to Plan B?
Read an article discussing Plan B otherwise known as emergency contraception.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Hair Loss In Women
Explore the causes and treatment of thinning hair and baldness in women.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Menstrual Migraine
Of the 18 million women estimated to be migraine sufferers in the US, approximately two-thirds experience �menstrual migraine,� a migraine headache occurring within the six days before their menstrual periods.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
More Pregnant Women Choose Midwives
Read an article discussing a recent trend in women choosing nurse-midwives for healthy deliveries of their babies.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Myths About Vaginal Health
Abundant myths, misperceptions and misinformation circulates as “common knowledge” when it comes to women’s health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
New Pap Smear Guidelines
Read an article that discusses new screening guidelines for gynecologic cancer.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
New Study Supports Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Exciting data about a new cervical cancer vaccine in development supports the potential for vaccines to continue to have a tremendous impact in the near future.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Nipple Discharge
Learn about the third most common breast-related complaint that women bring to their doctors which ninety percent result in benign conditions.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Non-surgical Sterilization For Women
Learn about a minimally invasive procedure that is an alternative to laparoscopic tubal ligation.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
NWHRC Survey on Women and Depression
Read the shocking results of an online survey regarding misconceptions of women and depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
One Small Step
One of the most common questions I hear is from people who want to know how to increase their longevity. Everyone wants to know the “secret?to a long—and presumably healthier—life. The “secret?is that there is no one secret!
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Ovarian Cancer
Read an article discussing several types of cancer of the ovaries.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Planning a Pregnancy?
Read an article discussing steps that can be taken before a woman gets pregnant to prevent complications of pregnancy.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Save Time: Stay Healthy!
Learn ways a woman can work habits into her daily routine for a healthier body.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Read an article discussing a condition common among premenopausal and menopausal women that, contrary to what most women think, is very treatable.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Bone Health Risks of Teen Pregnancy
Read an article which discusses calcium absorption in adolescents during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Dangers Of Cigarette Smoking
Read an article that discusses the serious illnesses women suffer from smoking.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Relationship Between Infertility And Endometriosis
Learn how a disease that is diagnosed in 30% to 71% of women that go through fertility testing can make conceiving even harder.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Treatment Of PMS/PMDD
Learn how the symptoms of both premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are treated using over-the-counter medications, prescription medications and relaxation techniques.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Today is the Great American Smoke-Out!
Read an article that discusses the reason women should take advantage of the Great American Smoke Out and quit smoking.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Cesarean Delivery
Read an article discussing results of a study looking at the pros and cons of c-section delivery versus vaginal delivery.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Are Genital Warts?
Read an article discussiong genital warts.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Are The Risk Factors For Colon Cancer?
Read an article that discusses the risk factors and symptoms of colon cancer.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cervix, or the outer entrance to the uterus (womb).
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Endometriosis?
Read an article that explains the misconceptions of a disease that can interfere with a woman's ability to conceive.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is HPV?
Like HIV, HPV is also sexually transmitted and it is not curable.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Osteoarthritis?
Read an article explaining the most common form of arthritis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Read an article about this systemic autoimmune disease which causes chronic joint pain.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Who Needs a Pap Smear and When?
Women should have their first Pap test (a screening of cervical cells) approximately 3 years after first sexual intercourse or by age 21, whichever comes first.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Eating Disorder Decisionnaire
Eating disorders are increasingly common in young women, but often concealed from loved ones. Take Dr. Donnica’s decisionnaire to become aware of the signs of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
(Decisionnaire)
Healthy Women Over 40 Decisionnaire
If you are a woman over age 40 and if any of the following 7 items can be checked, it’s time to schedule your next doctor’s appointment!
(Decisionnaire)
Osteoporosis Decisionnaire
We hear a lot about “risk factors” for osteoporosis. To find out if you are at risk, take Dr. Donnica’s Decisionnaire™ for Osteoporosis
(Decisionnaire)
PMS Decisionnaire
If you think you may have PMS, start keeping a PMS Symptom Diary. Dr. Donnica discusses possible symptoms of this very common disease.
(Decisionnaire)
Secondary Infertility Decisionnaire
How do you know if you have secondary infertility? If you think you do, see your physician sooner rather than later. Your chance for a healthy pregnancy may be much more successful if begun early.
(Decisionnaire)
Myths About Fibroids
There are several myths about fibroids. The first is a great relief to debunk- the myth that fibroids lead to cancer. In fact, 999 out of 1000 fibroids are not cancerous.
(Debunking Myths)
Osteoporosis Myths
Common Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Osteoporosis
(Debunking Myths)
Third Trimester Pregnancy Myths
Dr. Donnica debunks 9 myths about the third tri-mester of pregnancy.
(Debunking Myths)
Choosing a Gynecologist
Tips for Choosing a Gynecologist.
(Tip)
Getting the Most Reliable Pap Results
Tips for getting the most reliable pap results.
(Tip)
PMS Management
Dr. Donnica's 10 tips for PMS management!
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Fast Facts on Emergency Contraception
3 million unintended pregnancies occur each year in the United States alone; approximately 1.4 million of them end in abortion.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Cervical Cancer
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, about 10,370 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Ovarian Cancer
The Cancer and Steroid Hormone Study (CASH), the largest investigation to date, found an average 40% decrease in the likelihood of ovarian cancer in women who had ever taken birth control pills.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Stroke
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in the US.
(Fast Facts)
Absence of Menses While on the Pill
I'm 35 years old, and have been taking birth control pills since I was about 16. I haven't had a period for about 3 months now, and I'm concerned. My gynecologist just laughed at me and told me this is very common, and not to worry. Should I be concerned?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Birth Control Pills & Cancer Risk
Is it true that birth control pills actually decrease your risk of cancer?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Endometrial Polyps, the Pill & Menopause
I was just diagnosed with an endometrial polyp and am having surgery for its removal. Am I at risk for a recurrence of these polyps?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Gaining Weight While on the Pill
I have been on the pill for 3 months to treat ovarian cysts, and I've since gained seven pounds. I don't want to take any diuretics because I hear they can deplete potassium. Is there anything I can do to safely get rid of my water weight?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Give Up the Pill Before the Honeymoon?
Would there be any short-term side effects if my fiancée stopped taking her birth control pills? We are getting married in 11 days. Should she wait until after the wedding to stop taking them?
(Frequently Asked Question)
How Your Body Changes When You Stop Taking the Pill
I stopped taking the oral birth control pill. Should I be having any side affects from going off the pill?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
I've been recently diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and was told after asking, that I have HPV. My son's FORMER girlfriend has the same diagnosis. Do my husband and son need to be tested? My son is concerned about infecting a future partner? We are confused!
(Frequently Asked Question)
Low Dose Birth Control Pills
Who manufactures ultra low dose birth control pills? More than one company? I need specifics and can't find them.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause and Contraception
I am a 51 year old woman who has not had a period in over a year. I am not on HRT. Is it necessary for my husband and I to use birth control to be sure that I don't get pregnant? If not now, will there be a time when it is not necessary?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Ovarian Cysts and the Pill
Low dose birth control pills are considered
(Frequently Asked Question)
Planning Pregnancy and Discontinuing Birth Control Pills
Planning a pregnancy can be an exciting time. Dr. Donnica discusses when to try to get pregnant after discontinuing birth control pills.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Pregnancy and the Pill
A negative home pregnancy test can be frustrating for someone trying to concieve. This article addresses birth control pills, ovulation and when to take a home pregnancy test.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Sexual Partners and the Human Papilloma Virus
I recently had abnormal pap results and a colposcopy done. The results are changes
(Frequently Asked Question)
Stopping the Pill Before Getting Pregnant
Why do most doctors recommend having one period after stopping the pill and before trying to get pregnant?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Taking the Pill to Cause a Miscarriage Does Not Work
I'm 17 years old and I just found out that I'm pregnant. I'm really scared and not ready. One of my friends informed me that if I take the birth control pill it would cause me to have a miscarriage. I was wondering if this was true?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill & Bulimia
One of my friends is bulimic and has unprotected sex, but she is on the birth control pill, so she thinks that that is okay. If she is bulimic, how long does it take for the pill’s hormones to be fully absorbed? Is she safe from getting pregnant?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill and Depression
I have recently heard that taking the birth control pill can help with depression and moodiness. Is there any truth to this?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill and Miscarriages
Can using birth control pills cause a miscarriage? How? Is there anything to prevent this from happening?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill and Missed Periods
My girlfriend and I have been seeing each other for over a year and she is taking Cyclessa (28-day cycle). We had sex 2 days before her scheduled period, and now she is a day late on her period. What is going on? Is it even possible that she's pregnant?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill Schedule and Pregnancy
Altering the normal Pill-taking schedule can result in an unintended pregnancy.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Uncontrollable Flatulence
Flatulence, or passing gas, is normal but uncontrollable flatulence isn't.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Using a Fertility Monitor for Contraception
I am 34 years old and I am very interested in the Clear Plan Easy Fertility Monitor. Does it have to be used just before having sex or can it be used a couple of hours before?
(Frequently Asked Question)
What to Do if You Have Trouble Swallowing Pills
I’ve never been able to swallow pills. Every time I try, I end up gagging. My doctor just gave me a new prescription and there is no chewable option.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Breast Discharge
I noticed a milky white, sticky discharge coming from my breasts, is this normal?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Bumps On The Cervix
I have recently noticed several bumps on my cervix. I was told that it is normal to have bumps on your cervix and that the cervix is not smooth like we believe it is. Is this true or do I need to be concerned?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Changing Your Menstrual Cycle
I have a major event coming up and it coincides with my period. Isn't there a way I can change my cycle by changing the day I start taking my birth control pills?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Chronic Diarrhea After Gallbladder Surgery
Six months ago I had my gallbladder removed and ever since then everything I eat goes right through me. Sometimes it travels so fast I can't make it to the bathroom in time! As if that isn't embarrassing enough, I also have uncontrollable flatulence. What do you suggest?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Clinical Trials
If you would like to be in a clinical trial, the best place to start is usually to discuss it with your own physician.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Colon Cancer Risk Reduction
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Dr. Donnica explains risks and prevention of colon cancer.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Decreased Libido After the Baby Arrives
Ever since my one-year-old was born, I'm basically never in the mood. My husband thinks my birth control pills could be the culprit. Is that possible?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Emergency Pregnancy Prevention
Emergency contraception means taking certain birth control pills within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Ideally, you should take the first dose as soon as possible.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Exercise and Urinary Incontinence
After having my second child, I decided it was time to do something about the 30 pounds of baby fat I'm still toting around. So I signed up for step aerobics classes at the local gym, but after just two classes I had to stop. Both times, jumping up and down off of the step caused urinary leakage!
(Frequently Asked Question)
Female Pattern Baldness
I’ve always had a thick, shiny head of hair, but recently I’ve noticed clumps of it coming out when I brush. I usually blow-dry in the morning, but I don’t use dyes or any harsh chemicals. It’s hard to believe that hot air could be causing this much damage. Could it be something more serious?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Fertility
The most important way to enhance your fertility is to identify which days are your most fertile, and then to be certain to have intercourse on those days.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Folic Acid
I am trying to get pregnant. How much folic acid should I take?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Folic Acid for Men
Should men take folic acid supplements too?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Getting Help for Early Menopause and Depression
I am entering menopause quite early as my mother did, at 38 years old. There are extreme hormonal changes going on with me. My doctor has put me on the pill but I am still emotionally out of control and nearly suicidal at times. Can you give me any help at all?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Heart Attack Prevention
Can Heart Attacks be Prevented?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Help for Those in Need of Extensive Weight Loss
I am 33 years old. I have developed a heart condition from taking fen-phen, but still need to lose weight. I am looking for some type of teaching center that would perform the lap-band surgery on me. I need to lose weight so bad, but cannot take any more diet pills.
(Frequently Asked Question)
High Blood Pressure
My doctor told me I have high blood pressure. Is there anything I can do to lower it?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Induced Labor?
I found your web site because I was looking for some pregnancy info. I am due Friday, and have no signs of labor. My OB told me I will probably have to be induced. Can I wait a few more weeks?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Irregular Periods
I have been having irregular periods for the past 4 years. They say I am too young to be going through menopause (29). When they started me on the birth control pills, they mentioned that if the pills didn't work that the only other option was having a hysterectomy. If they can't find anything wrong why would they mention a hysterectomy? Where does this leave me!
(Frequently Asked Question)
Managing Perimenopause
I have been to two doctors now and they do not find that my hormone levels have changed. I have most of the symptoms of menopause, but not the hormone change. Is it true that I can be in a pre-menopause stage?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menstrual Allergies and Urticaria
During my PMS cycle, I break out in hives, sometimes badly enough to send me to the hospital. Are you aware of any other woman with this problem?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menstrual Migraine
Each month, just before my period, I get these horrible migraines that put me out of commission for days. Nothing I do seems to make a dent in the pain. What do you suggest?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menstrual Odor
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses menstrual odor and what treatment options are available.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Meridia
What is Meridia? Is it for me? Dr. Donnica gives you the scoop on this common weight loss medication.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Neck Pain with Hypothyroidism and Menstruation
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and around the same time I began experiencing a dull pain in the back of my neck that coincided with my period. Sometimes it's so overwhelming I have to call in sick, but as soon as my period ends, so does the pain. Could my thyroid be causing this, and what can I do about it?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Non-sexual HPV Transmission
After my pap smear showed abnormal cells, my doctor performed a colposcopy and found
(Frequently Asked Question)
Occasionally Absent Period
I am 23 and for the past 3 months I have not had my period. I am not pregnant either. Is this normal?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Osteoporosis at the Age of 34
I am 34 years old. I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been put on Didrocal. My doctor told me that the bone density test result was very disturbing. Last year, my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I had just asked for safety's sake to have my bone density tested. How does a 34-year-old woman, who is active and doesn't drink alcohol, get osteoporosis?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the most serious cancer affecting women’s reproductive organs. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as a cause of cancer deaths among women, and causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Perimenopausal Spotting in a Heavy Smoker
I have had a problem for a while with my period. It lasts for 5 days, then lingers around spotting for 3 to 5 days more. What is going on?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Perimenopause at 31
I am a 31-year-old whose mother began menopause at the age of 32. I had my period two weeks ago and am having it again. My mood swings are so crazy I thought I was going insane. How do I find a physician that works with young menopausal women?
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD and PMS
Is it possible to alternate back and forth between PMS and PMDD from one month to the next depending on the intensity of the cycle? I think PMDD may be part of what I'm experiencing.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD VS Bipolar Disorder
I'm a raging lunatic before my period -- crying hysterically and fits of rage within minutes of each other. My suicidal and homicidal thoughts are what's most frightening. My doctor today mentioned I may have Bipolar, which just doesn't ring true with me. Your site has made me think it’s PMDD.Where can I go for the best treatment and evaluation for this disorder?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Postpartum Depression Management
How do I know if I have post-partum depression?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Quick Weight Loss
I have been hearing about a
(Frequently Asked Question)
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Chlamydia
I am 32 years old. I have two children, 13 and 7. I started my period while on the Pill. I always seem to have a lot of UTIs, since I started having sex with my fiancé, (we have been together for 2 years) and it seems like I get one every other month or so. I talked to the gynecologist about this when I had my physical. She said to drink more water, and always use the bathroom after intercourse, which I ALWAYS do. I don't understand why I keep getting them, and could it have something to do with
(Frequently Asked Question)
Reversing a Tubal Ligation
I had a tubal ligation a few years ago. I recently remarried and my husband and I want to have a baby. Can the procedure be reversed? Is it safe?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Risk Factors for Heart Attack & Heart Disease, Part I
Half of all heart attacks are linked to known risk factors that can be reduced or eliminated.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Rosacea and Desonide Cream
You are not alone in your struggle with rosacea! It affects approximately 14 million adult Americans, many of whom aren't even aware that this common skin disorder has a name.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Sex and Relationships in Adolescence
I'm 15 and my boyfriend and I are talking about having sex but I am really worried about getting pregnant. What are the chances of getting pregnant your first time while using protection and possibly birth control? Is using two condoms more effective?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Soy And Acne
Can soy supplements or phytoestrogens improve acne? Can women taking birth control pills also take soy supplements or phytoestrogens?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Spotting Between Periods
There are many factors that can influence the regularity of your menstrual cycle and cause mid-cycle spotting, or metrorrhagia. These causes range in severity.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Stress urinary incontinence, the most common form of urinary incontinence, is defined. Causes of SUI are also included in this article.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Stressful Life Changes
I have no idea who to talk to. Within the last 30 days I have gained at least 30 pounds. I am taking Zyban for smoking (29 days of not smoking now) and it is making me crazy and over emotional. My husband thinks I am suffering from PMDD, which could be true. Read more about dealing with stressful life changes.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Stubborn Yeast Infections
Last year my gynecologist gave me a prescription for ortho-tri-cyclen for PMS and an antibiotic for vaginitis. The yeast infection has been coming back over and over again. I was wondering if this could be happening because of the Ortho-Tri-Cyclen?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Surgery for Overactive Bladder
It seems clear that I've had OAB for many years and Detrol is providing very little, if any relief. Is surgery an option?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Thrombophilia Tests
I recently had a pre-conception counseling session with my doctor. Everything looked good, she prescriped prenatals and the usual (I'm thinking of getting pregnant in the next year and I've never been pregnant before). Her nurse just called me and said that the doctor wants to do a thrombophilia panel of tests on me.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Tongue Pimples
Within about five days, it will go away on its own, but until it does, resist the urge to check on it to see if it’s still there by rubbing your tongue against your teeth.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Treating Vaginal Dryness
I've been experiencing vaginal dryness for several months and I've used everything I can think of to stay lubricated during sex with my husband -- KY jelly, fatty acid supplements, even saliva. All of those tricks work but only for a little while before I become dry again. Now sex is almost always painful, and afterwards I¹ve been noticing small abrasions on my genitals. How can I enjoy sex again?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Vitamins & Constipation
Do all vitamins cause constipation? I eat prunes every day, and take an herbal laxative and psyllium husk pills, but I’m still constipated. What should I do?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Yasmin
Can Yasmin be used to treat PMDD? Dr. Donnica Moore answers a reader's question with suggestions on treatment to control symptoms of PMDD.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Help Your Incontinence Today! by Dr. Cecile Storrie
Dr. Cecile Storrie, a board-certified urologist, discusses the causes of incontinence, what we can do to avoid it, and the treatment options available.
(Guest Expert)
Minimally Invasive Surgery for SUI: Laparoscopic Burch Colposuspension, by Vincent Lucente, MD, F.A.C.O.G.
If you suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) you are not alone. This condition affects more than 16.5 million women in the United States and these numbers are increasing annually.
(Guest Expert)
On Being a Physician: A day in the life, by Dr. Alan Greene
Guest Expert Dr. Alan Greene shares a day in the life of a physician, a pediatrician, and the rewards it brings.
(Guest Expert)
The Latest Facts About Premature Ovarian Failure, by Michael Heard, MD
Premature ovarian failure (POF) is defined as the cessation of ovarian function prior to the age of 40.
(Guest Expert)
Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence, by Jennifer Pollak, MD and G. Willy Davila, MD
Many women experience urinary incontinence for several years before they come forward and speak to their physicians. Some women consider it a part of aging but urinary incontinence is not considered normal at any age.
(Guest Expert)
Candace Bushnell Celebrates Birth Control Advance
Data estimates that more than 16 million American women now take oral contraceptives.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Hannah Storm Reveals Truth About Vascular Birthmarks
Hannah Storm revealed on camera during her morning show that she has a port wine stain under her left eye.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
LA Style Editor Erasing Stigma Of Birthmarks
Joie Davidow co-founded one of America’s biggest weekly papers and was the editor-in-chief of L.A. Style magazine. But beneath the fashion and glamour, Davidow was hiding a painful secret – a hand-sized birthmark, called a port wine stain, which covered much of her face.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Lisa Ling ‘Views’ New Birth Control Method
As the youngest co-host on ABC's The View, Lisa Ling is not afraid to mix it up and challenge the status quo. But when it comes to birth control, she's playing it safe.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Carre Otis Models Healthy Eating
It is critically important that people recognize that eating disorders are very serious illnesses – not trendy lifestyle choices.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Cheryl Hines Enthusiastic About ‘Curbing’ Cerebral Palsy
Cheryl Hines will be helping raise awareness about birth defects – particularly cerebral palsy.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
OC Star Helps Raise Awareness About Teen Pregnancy
As Theresa on the Fox hit The OC, Navi Rawat found her character unexpectedly pregnant. In real life, Rawat is far from the troubled teen she portrays and feels that kids need the correct information to make the right choices in life.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
One On One Promotes Teen Pregnancy Prevention
One on One is UPN’s hit family show. But the show’s stars Kyla Pratt and Flex Alexander know that for many teens being ‘one on one’ can result in starting a family far too soon.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Books and Tapes
Dr. Donnica's Book and Tape Recommendations
(Books & Tapes)
Dr. Donnica becomes 'Doc on Call' for "First for Women" Magazine
“While no magazine columnist can take the place of a woman’s private consultation with her own physician, my hope is that this column can give women useful information to encourage them to see their own physicians when necessary,” said Dr. Donnica.
(Press Release)
Dr. Donnica Discusses Cervical Cancer Vaccine on GMA
Dr.Donnica discusses cervical cancer vaccines.
(Press Release)
New Survey Reveals Surprising Information About Bladder Health and Intimacy
Results of Harris Interactive Online Poll with findings about overactive bladder hindering intimacy.
(Press Release)
Debunking More Birth Control Pill Myths
Myths, misunderstandings and misconceptions abound about birth control pills—and unintended conceptions can result.
(Radio Transcript)
Debunking More Myths About Birth Control Pills
Despite many changes in birth control pill formulations over the past 40 years, certain “myths” about the Pill and its possible side effects still persist. One of those myths—that the Pill causes your face to break out--has not only been disproven, but has been shown to REDUCE acne!
(Radio Transcript)
Debunking the Myths About Birth Control Pills
Nearly 17 million women in the US rely on birth control pills for reliable contraception and other medical benefits. But I wonder how many others would benefit from the Pill if it weren’t for several myths in circulation.
(Radio Transcript)
Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defects
January is birth defects prevention awareness month: are you aware that the most important steps a woman can take to preventing birth defects are actually before she’s pregnant?
(Radio Transcript)
The Non-Contraception Benefits of Birth Control Pills
When we think of “the Pill”, many of us think of one medicine, designed simply to prevent pregnancy. But the Pill has undergone many changes in the past 40 years.
(Radio Transcript)
The Non-Contraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills
Barbie turned 40 this year, and so did birth control pills. “The pill” does far more than prevent pregnancy.
(Radio Transcript)
The Noncontraceptive Benefits of the Pill
Barbie turned 40 last year, and so did birth control pills. “The pill” does far more than prevent pregnancy.
(Radio Transcript)
Today’s Birth Control Pills
In addition to pregnancy prevention, “ultra” low-dose pills provide many other health benefits including decreased risk of several cancers: cancer of the lining of the uterus [endometrium], ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancers.
(Radio Transcript)
Bladder Woes Become Bedroom Foes
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses the symptoms of overactive bladder and its effects on bedroom activity and social life.
(Radio Transcript)
Caffeine and the Unstable Bladder
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses the relation to caffeine, alcohol, and certain foods to an unstable bladder, or urge incontinence.
(Radio Transcript)
Debunking the Myths about Fibroids
Fibroids are common benign tumors of the uterus in one out of 5 women ages 18-50 Despite the fact that they are so common, there is not a lot of common knowledge circulating about fibroids. . .yet there are several common myths.
(Radio Transcript)
Does Romance Trigger Migraines?
Chocolate, candlelight, red wine, perfume can trigger more than romance.
(Radio Transcript)
Drug Interactions--What You Should Know
Most people aren’t aware that any medicine they take may interact with other medicines, or even with certain foods and beverages.
(Radio Transcript)
Facts All Smokers Should Know, Part II
Did you resolve to stop smoking this year? Did you make it through the tough part--the first few days? If you did, hang in there and keep on going--abstaining for the first few days is the toughest, but each day it will get easier.
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Five Questions Every Woman Should Ask Her Doctor
Too much to do, too little time. . .especially in the doctor’s office. Many women say they don’t have enough time to ask their most important questions.
(Radio Transcript)
Five Questions to Ask Before Taking Any New Medicine
You often hear that you should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about medicines. This is great advice--but what questions should you ask?
(Radio Transcript)
HPV
HPV infection is rampant among college students and usually those infected have no symptoms. More importantly, HPV has been well established as the most important causative factor of cervical cancer, as well as penile and anal cancer.
(Radio Transcript)
Insomnia
Insomnia includes difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and difficulty with waking up too early.
(Radio Transcript)
IUD Usage
Most American women don’t even think of the copper IUD—intrauterine device—when it comes to selecting a contraceptive. In fact, only 1% of American women use an IUD. Why?
(Radio Transcript)
Labor Day--Something About Pregnancy
Practicing stress management sounds like an easy and obvious tip, but when the process of making a baby goes slowly, it can be frustrating and stressful. While stress itself does not cause infertility, it can interfere with conception.
(Radio Transcript)
March is Poison Prevention Month
Shakespeare first warned to beware the ides of March. . .Now, the Council on Family Health has issued a warning to beware of unintentional poisoning accidents during the month of March.
(Radio Transcript)
Not Tonight Dear, I Have A Headache
Caterer, florist, bridesmaids, mother-in-law...it’s enough to tie you in knots before you tie the knot. Wedding planning is notoriously stressful, but few brides realize that this stress may trigger physical problems like migraines.
(Radio Transcript)
Postpartum Depression
Is it any wonder that 7 of 10 new moms get “the baby blues” after 9 months of pregnancy, hours of labor, childbirth, sleep deprivation, nursing, and radical lifestyle changes?
(Radio Transcript)
Save Time:  Stay Healthy!
It takes very little time per day to do the top 10 things all women should do to stay healthy!
(Radio Transcript)
The Transitional Woman/Women in Balance
Baby boomers, sandwich generation, perimenopausal, middle-aged...Now there’s a new term for women over 35: “the transitional woman”...what does it mean?
(Radio Transcript)
Uterine Cancer
Most women do not realize that uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in American women, affecting about 31,000 women each year.
(Radio Transcript)
Uterine Cancer
Most women do not realize that uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in American women, affecting about 31,000 women each year.
(Radio Transcript)
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Up to one third of women develop varicose veins—and this is not just a cosmetic problem. For some women, these distended veins in the legs can cause pain, swelling, cramps, and even skin ulcers.
(Radio Transcript)
What Does it Mean if I Have an Abnormal Pap Smear?
An abnormal pap smear? Any woman who has can relate to the immediate sense of fear—the natural reaction is to think the worst! Learn the facts about abnormal pap smears here.
(Radio Transcript)
What Is an Overactive Bladder
Overactive Bladder symptoms, such as urinary frequency, are discussed, as well as treatment options.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical Cancer is the only gynecologic cancer that can be prevented by regular screening with Pap smears. Yet, despite this, nearly 4,400 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States during 2001. Of these, more than half will not have had a Pap smear in at least 5 years.
(Radio Transcript)
What is HPV?
Most Americans are probably more familiar with HIV than HPV, or human papilloma virus, although HPV affects millions more people.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose early and one of the most aggressive cancers. It will affect more than 25,000 women each year and kill more than half.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Vulvar Cancer?
Vulvar cancer has been referred to as the “Cinderella” of women’s cancers. Why? It just doesn’t get any attention until it shows up at the ball.
(Radio Transcript)
Women and Smoking II
Abstaining from smoking the first day is the toughest, but each day after the first will get easier!
(Radio Transcript)
Birth Control
Birth Control links and resources.
(Women's Health Resources)
Choosing a Health Care Provider
Women's Health Care Provider Links and Resources
(Women's Health Resources)
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression Health Links and Resources.
(Women's Health Resources)
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Health Links and Resources.
(Women's Health Resources)

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