Category Archive: Breaking News and Research Reviews

Sep 06

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery and Graft Complications 1950-present

Vaginal prolapse surgery with synthetic and non-synthetic graft material – Concerns about the use of graft material, particularly Prolene mesh, continue to mount after the most recent FDA warning on mesh in vaginal surgery.  These diligent authors from Michigan, Texas, Massachussetts, Washington State, New Mexico and Israel combed the international medical literature in all languages from …

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Aug 29

Female sexual function and vaginal surgery

Vaginal Prolapse Surgery, Vaginal Contour and Female Sexual Function This is another manuscript I reviewed for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, published by colleagues from The Mayo Clinic in the International Urogynecology Journal July 2011 issue. These authors looked carefully at the possibility of change in vaginal contour resulting from pelvic organ prolapse surgery with regards to female …

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Aug 15

Labia minora: anatomy and sex

Labiaplasty, cosmetic gynecologic surgery, female sexual function and anatomy of the female vulva   Every two months I report for on scientific manuscripts in the recent medical literature for the Journal of Sexual Medicine that pertain to female sexual function. In an anatomic study of vulvar anatomy published in the journal of the American Urogynecologic Society, …

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Jul 19

Female Sexual Dysfunction and Androgens: The Real Deal

FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION & ANDROGEN DEFICIENCY Just because you’ve gone through menopause doesn’t mean sex—and the DESIRE for sex—should stop. Ten years ago, a sex study published in Journal of the American Medical Association found that 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction at some point…compared to just 31% of men. To be fair, and clear, …

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Jul 13

Pregnancy, Prolapse and Cesarean on Demand

Cesarean on Demand More women than ever before are showing up at the hospital in labor and asking for a cesarean section. According to the National Institutes of Health, the rate of c-section delivery has increased 40% since the mid-90s, a trend reflected in these NIH summary statements: Between 1996 and 2007, the C-section rate …

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Jul 07

Vitamin D and Women’s Health

The Center for Disease Control attests that at least 77% of American adults don’t get enough Vitamin D. And while that’s bad news for everyone, it’s often WOMEN who suffer most. Vitamin D is involved in regulating up to 2,000 different genes in the human body. Considering that this amounts to 10% of our makeup, …

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Jun 22

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and the Sexy Pessary Posse

  PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE: NO DIFFERENCE IN SEXUAL QUALITY OF LIFE BETWEEN PROLAPSE PATIENTS CHOOSING PESSARY VS SURGERY. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where the organs around the vagina are out of place – bladders drop (called cystocele), rectums bulge forward and sometimes out of the vaginal opening (rectocele), and/or the uterus drops down, …

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Jun 13

Prolene mesh and your prolapse surgery – erosions, sex, and the latest data

Prolene Mesh and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Cystocele, rectocele, erosions, sex, mesh shrinkage, folding and thickening     You can’t make this stuff up. Prolene mesh is the product name for a permanent plastic mesh with many implantation applications in reconstructive surgery. Prolene mesh is used to fix large and small abdominal hernias, inguinal hernias, hernias …

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May 04

Obstetric Fistula Highlighted at 2011 Pakistan National Women’s Health Forum

Pakistan National Women’s Health Forum Highlights Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula I had the honor of speaking at The Pakistani National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH), held during the week of March 4th, 2011 in Karachi.  The event featured renowned experts in reconstructive pelvic surgery, fistula treatment and women’s health from the Middle East, Africa, …

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May 03

International Health: Grand Rounds issue May 3, 2011

Welcome to Grand Rounds May 3, 2011, the official blog of Better Health: smart health commentary. This week’s medical blog sampler brings you fresh perspectives on INTERNATIONAL HEALTH     Semen and Scandal, American Style: We open with a classic “America, Land of the Hypocrite, Home of the Knave” perspective on the downfall of University of …

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