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Ricki Pollycove, M.D.
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Dr. Pollycove has focused her career on healthy aging in women, reducing risks for functional loss and dependency. She has a Master of Science from UC, completed her M.D. and residency at UCSF, and is a board certified ObGyn, specializing in the endocrinology of menopause, breast cancer and disease risk reduction as reflected in individual patient care options and clinical management decision-making.

She is a leader in the fields of integrative medical practice as well as individualization of menopause management with emphases on breast health and breast cancer, early detection, diagnosis, treatment options and ongoing survivor care. Her research includes breast cancer in mice as well as alternative and complementary care related to survival for women with breast cancer. She has practiced at CPMC since 1981 as a member of the ObGyn department, as well as academic and clinical teaching in the private community to professionals and the public alike. She serves as clinical faculty at UCSF, adjunct Integral Health Studies faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and formerly associate professor at the University of Arizona, Medical School and School of Public Health, Graduate Programs. Dr. Pollycove serves on several national pharmaceutical advisory boards relating to women’s hormonal health, bone diseases and well being. She appears frequently on local and national TV and radio as a medical expert, has authored two books (“Mother Nurture,” Penguin press, 2002, “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Bioidentical Hormones,” Alpha pres, 2010) and numerous scientific articles, most recently, “The Evolutionary Origin and Significance of Menopause,” J. Menopause, March 2011) and advocates for issues regarding healthy aging for all women.

Blog Entries by Ricki Pollycove, M.D.

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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