The Zika virus caused quite the stir in the news a couple years ago. It made few people feel sick…but its effects on developing fetuses was horrifying, causing multiple, profound birth defects. It has receded from the news since then, but it’s effects are still being felt, especially in warmer climates…including Corbin’s current home, Texas. So what are the effects of Zika? How is it prevented? Are there treatments available for its effects? And what do doctors do to support those affected?
[Katee and Corbin are beavering away at their residencies this week, so enjoy this rebirthed episode. –Dave]
Alison Oliver is a sexuality educator at the university level, and also for the Unitarian Universalist Society’s sex ed program known as Our Whole Lives. Unlike what most of us get in schools, public or private, OWL is comprehensive. Even the most detailed conversation with one’s parents can’t hope to cover everything OWL does in its 25 weeks. Katee, Corbin, and Dave visit with Alison to get a feel for just what comprehensive means, and how young people can get more comfortable with sexuality as something that exists for all people, throughout their entire existence, from cradle to grave.
Essure is a controversial permanent method of birth control. Its controversy arises from the side effects that women have reported–including ‘migration’ of the device and pain– which we’ve briefly discussed in a past episode. In this episode, Katee takes us along as she explores this no-longer available sterilization device, which manufacturer Bayer is removing from the market citing a lack of consumer interest.
Endometriosis happens when endometrial tissue has migrated outside the uterus and made itself at home elsewhere. But Adenomyosis—where the endometrial tissue infiltrate he walls of the uterus itself—can also cause pain and heavy bleeding each month. Come with us as Corbin teaches us more about this difficult condition.
In this previously aired classic, we discuss why women should be thinking about birth control while they’re pregnant, what kinds of birth control we can use postpartum, and the methods and timing of those options. Also, our group text kept autocorrrecting postpartum to post-party and we kind of like that.
It’s not just an acronym folks! This week, pediatrics resident Dr. Alyson Pierick joins us to discuss Dr. Virginia Apgar – namesake of the Apgar score. Learn why OB/GYNs and pediatricians can both assign Apgar scores and why we both care! Plus babies are fun and who doesn’t want to learn more about them?!
Most times, someone misses a period, takes a home pregnancy test, and calls their doctor because it came back positive. The doctor says, come see me in six weeks–because they won’t be able to see anything on an ultrasound until then anyway. But other times–like if you’re visiting the emergency room–a doctor will order a pregnancy test much earlier than that, and the test comes back positive well before it’d be visible on ultrasound. In that case, it’s a PUL–a pregnancy of unknown location. The hunt is on! Find out more about why OBs pay close attention to this finding on today’s show.
This week the Vagibonds are joined by Dr. Jillian Claire to discuss the FDA’s recent approval of the app Natural Cycles for use as birth control. We recommend listening to our episode on fertility awareness because we reference it… a lot.
That drug you count on? It might not always be around. The Vagibonds talk about why shortages of medicines and medical supplies happen and what common items are in short supply right now. Plus the implant Essure is taken off the market.