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Estrogen During Menopause: To Take, Or Not to Take?

Posted April 24, 2011 | 18:53:52 (EST)

Estrogen use for 11-plus years lowers breast cancer rates by 23 percent!!! It's the best news we've had in years! But instead of offering reassuring clarity in her column on April 9, Tara Parker Pope wrote, "Studies intended to be the last word on menopause revolutionized treatment, but...

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For Women, Heart Attacks Kill 6 Times as Many as Breast Cancer

Posted February 8, 2011 | 11:16:42 (EST)

If you are impressed by numbers, consider the average risk of breast cancer in American women, by age 80, is roughly 12.15 percent, [SEER data base] with rates of death from breast cancer much lower still (less than two percent of us will die of breast cancer) as...

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Testosterone and Sex: What Women Should Be Talking About

Posted January 26, 2011 | 07:50:24 (EST)

Scuttlebutt among well-informed women is all about the enhancing effects of testosterone and sex. Internet advertisements abound. Girlfriends email blog bits back and forth. But most women never had a discussion with their health care professional about this topic. How come?

Some accuse "the system" of chauvinistically serving the...

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Birth Control: Is Yours Diminishing Your Sex Drive?

Posted January 6, 2011 | 08:24:22 (EST)

After the holidays, gynecologists see an increase in patients expressing discontent with their relationships, especially concerns regarding sex. How many of us relegate the intimacy enhancement part of our holidays to the back burner? After wrapping gifts, cooking up a storm and decorating the house we magically hope to achieve...

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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Clearing Up the Facts About Women's Health

Posted December 22, 2010 | 08:06:48 (EST)

As a gynecologist, practicing for over 25 years and having treated thousands of women of all ages and stages of their lives, I am certain of the following: Unless and until we have all our facts -- regarding all aspects of our health and health care -- we cannot make...

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