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Board-certified as an OB/GYN with a fellowship in contraceptive research and education, I aim to help people make informed decisions about their health.

I’ve co-authored sixteen editions of Managing Contraception* with over one million copies in circulation. I’m here to answer your questions about birth control.

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Birth control pill and breastfeeding

QUESTION (submitted 1/09/2022): "When prescribing a birth control for a breastfeeding mom who is breastfeeding at least 4x day but who has experienced breakthrough bleeding, ie got a period, and now wants to start on an oral birth control (wants something easy...

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Vaginal “smegma?”

Question: "Is it normal for women to have "smegma" of sorts on their clitoris or the lips sometimes as a form of discharge? or does that mean yeast infection or unbalanced pH?" Answer: You made me laugh using the term “vaginal smegma” so good on you! Yes,...

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