I have started writing this post numerous times, but I keep shelving it because I’m never sure how it will be received. But after seeing a staggering number of patients with issues in their nether-regions in the past few weeks (it is one of the top patient questions I get), I figured it’s time. We need to be frank about personal hygiene for the private parts.
I think I’ve watched more baseball in the past week than I have in the past few years combined (but seriously, how about this World Series?!). However, instead of being wowwed by the pitching prowess of Josh Tomlin or Jake Arrieta, I instead keep noticing all the players, managers, etc constantly spitting. Sometimes they are chewing gum, but I’m willing to bet quite a few are chewing tobacco.
There has been a lot of news coverage about the Zika virus and the birth defects it can cause if a woman is infected during pregnancy. Did you know that the medication in your cabinet may also cause harm to a developing fetus?
When you (or your teenage daughter) start a new medication, it might be the last thing on your mind to think about whether that medication can cause birth defects, otherwise known as a teratogen. After all, if you’re not trying to get pregnant (or you don’t think your teen is having sex, right?), it may not be the first thing you think of when you or your teen start a medication. But…what if? What if you or someone you love were at risk of getting pregnant while on a medication that causes birth defects?
Don’t worry, this is not a political blog post; instead we will be taking a look at the status and statistics of abortion for teenagers and young adults.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner – don’t forget to do something special for all the mothers you know (hi mom!). The week leading up to Mother’s Day has another special day, a sort of anti-motherhood celebration: May 4th is the 15th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (check out #StayTeen on Twitter and TheNationalCampaign.org).