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After nine years at Brooklyn’s New York Methodist Hospital, OBGYN Josine Veca has seen it all. Here she gives The Frisky her diagnosis of what women want when they stop by.
What are common concerns for women when they come to see you?
It varies by age group. Younger patients, 30 and below, are usually concerned with STDs, birth control, or, if not, trying to prevent pregnancy. As the women get older and are approaching menopause, they’re worried about hot flashes, irregular periods, and symptoms that may be unusual. I’d estimate that 30 to 40 percent are concerned with a mixture of those issues.
How much prying do you have to do or do most women come in with their own specific questions?
A lot of women who come in with their own questions are very comfortable talking about sex. But if they don’t, the subject usually comes up when I’m interviewing them. At first they may be tentative, but the idea is to open communication
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TV shows or movies about baby-birthing are a bit like a car wreck to us — watching them makes us ache in all sorts of places we didn’t know existed, yet we still cannot turn away out of a morbid fascination. Add Ricki Lake to a movie about baby-birthing and you’ve got what amounts to a 10-car pile-up in the middle of a busy Los Angeles freeway. Lake, who famously starred as fat and awesome Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ Hairspray and as the host of her eponymous talk show in the ’90s, has two kids and both of the births were done at home. She filmed the birth of her second son Owen and then decided to turn portions of the material into the new documentary “The Business of Being Born” which she executive produced. The documentary tackles the way in which hospitals typically handle the birth ritual (read: as a traumatic emergency situation), offering midwife-assisted home births as a positive and completely safe alternative. More juicy details, after the jump. Keep reading »
Dude, we realize she’s been airbrushed, but a super preggo Christina Aguilera on the cover of Marie Claire looks super gorgeous. Why is it that pregnant ladies can get all nudie and it’s considered beautiful and elegant and sweet, but non-knocked up women getting nekkid for the camera is considered porn? Is it because being in the pregnant state is considered clean and innocent? We’re not saying we disagree, but it’s just odd because, clearly, if you’re with child, you’re no virgin, unless your name is Mary and you hail from Nazareth. [Marie Claire] Keep reading »
J. Lo and Marc Anthony finally announced what the entire universe already knew — that she’s knocked up after years of off-and-on tabloid speculation about fertility problems. The latest rumor is she’s having twins! Do you think each will inherit her talents for singing (um…) and acting (um…)? No matter what, it’s a sure bet that the kid(s) will be the cutest on da block. [MSNBC] Keep reading »