lissa rankin

May 20, 2011

Friday Faves: Dealing With Hangovers. Ughhh.

Unfortunately, there is no magic home remedy (although I can tell you that hungover medical students have been known to hook themselves up to bags of IV fluid, which I’ve been told works wonders!). To some degree, a hangover is just par for the course - one of those lessons the Universe likes to teach us to keep us out of trouble. But assuming the deed is done, what can you do to minimize your suffering? Here are a few tips:

Mar 4, 2010

The Doc Is In: Dealing with HPV

Q: I am 23-years-old and have been with my boyfriend for 6 years. I got the Gardasil shot last year and my paps have been fine until I got my last Gardasil shot. The doctor told me my pap was abnormal a couple months after my 3rd shot. Was the shot what caused the adnormal pap? The other doctor took a look and did not find anything so she did not do a biospy. I went back 8 months later and she found a small wart and removed it.

Feb 18, 2010

The Doc Is In: Do I Have To Pee After Sex?

Q: I just started having sex and all of my friends tell me I have to pee after. They say that if I don’t pee I can get a UTI. The problem is that I never have to go. I try every time – I run to the bathroom and sit there but nothing ever happens. Is that bad? Do you HAVE to go after? Is there something wrong with me that I can’t go?

The Doc Is In: I Have HPV. What Now?

Q: I found out that I have HPV. So ,having sex with my boyfriend, does that mean he has HPV too? And if either of us perform oral sex – can the warts then be transferred to our mouths? Will this lead to cancer? On the paper I got back from the doctor it said to come back in 12 months for another pap smear; will it get worse by then? I'm nervous.

Jan 28, 2010

The Doctor Is In: Dealing With Dysfunction

Q: I’m not really sure if you’re the right person to ask but I’m really not sure who else to go to with this. Basically, I’ve been with my boyfriend for 4 months now. We just started to have sex but he can never seem to...keep it up. I don’t know if it’s something I’m doing (or not doing...), and I don’t know if this is something we can fix?

Jan 7, 2010

The Doctor Is In: Be Your Best Self in 2010

2010 is here. What do you hope to achieve this year? What intentions will you set? For many of us, we resolve to change our health- to lose weight, to quit smoking, to eat healthy, to cut back on booze, to join a gym. We get motivated. We make positive steps forward after the indulgences of the holidays. And then – bam! - a few weeks later, it’s all over and we feel crappier than ever.

Jan 2, 2010

Dec 17, 2009

The Doctor Is In: I Can’t Sleep!

Q: Between finals, graduating and other personal stress, I can’t fall asleep at night. And then when I do, I can’t stay asleep. I’m always tired and grumpy and it’s only making everything even more stressful. Do you have any ideas for getting sleep?

Dec 10, 2009

The Doctor Is In: How Do I Know If He’s Clean?

Q: I recently started hooking up with a boy who has, well, gotten around. I asked him if he’d been tested recently and he said he did (and he was “all good!”), but I don’t know if I trust him. Maybe he’s just saying that to get in my pants?

Dec 3, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Let’s Talk About The New Pelvic Exam Guidlines

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently announced new recommendations that cut back on Pap smear screening. Why are we recommending cutting back on women’s health screening? Let me fill you in on the news.

Nov 5, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Stinky Pee

Q: After unprotected sex I noticed my urine becoming really smelly on a consistent basis, which is a new thing for me. There are no other symptoms-no burning or itching or anything, just the smelliness when I pee. Could this be an STD??

Oct 22, 2009

The Doctor Is In: I’m a Hairy Beast

Q: A few months ago I was sitting with my BF and he thought I had something on my cheek. He went to pull it off was a long, dark hair....growing out of my face. I was mortified, but figured it was a one-time deal. But now I’m finding these hairs popping up more often. They are dark and big and show up on my cheek and neck. Do I have too much testosterone or something? Is this fixable??

Oct 15, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Need a Pick-Me-Up?

Q: I know it’s pretty typical in college, but I always feel tired and lethargic. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but even adding nuts and more protein to my diet isn’t working. I was wondering if you had any ideas of things I could do (specific vitamins/things I should be eating) that will help me feel more awake and less foggy on a day to day basis.

Oct 8, 2009

The Doctor Is In: My Boobs Are Weird

Q: I know this sounds strange, but I think my boobs are weird. I’m way past puberty, but they look pretty much the same as they did when I was younger, only marginally bigger. Is there something wrong? Should all adult female breasts/nipples look the same?