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.

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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?

Jan 28, 2010

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 14, 2010

The Doctor Is In: Sexual Soreness

I just recently started having sex with my boyfriend. It always feels fine (great, actually) when we’re in the act, but everything just feels...weird the next day. It sorta hurts when I go to the bathroom (mostly when I’ up), when I sit, and the muscles in my inner thighs hurt. And I’m just so sore down there that I need a couple days before I can even do it again.

Jan 7, 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?

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Jan 2, 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.

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 17, 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 10, 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.

Dec 3, 2009

Nov 12, 2009

The Doctor Is In: I’m Afraid Of Sex

Q: I don’t really know how to ask this so I’ll just get right to it. I’m still a virgin and I’m the only one left in my group. All my girl friends lost their virginity this year and have been telling me how much it hurt. Now I’m scared! Is it really that bad? And is there anything I can do to....prepare? Or should I just buy some cats now and grow old as a single, virgin spinster?

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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?

Oct 1, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Exercising…Down There

Q: Everyone is always talking about Kegel exercises. Do those things really help? And do we really need to do them? I’ve had a boyfriend for 3 years (and we’ve been having regular sex for the entire time), so is it possible that I’m not as “toned” down there as I could be? Is that something I need to worry about?

Sep 17, 2009

The Doctor Is In: I’m Never In The Mood

Q: So, I’ve had a boyfriend for over 6 months now. I really love him and find him sexy, but for some reason I have zero sex drive right now. I know it shouldn’t be a big deal, but I think he’s getting a little mad that I never want to do anything. I will sometimes hook up with him because I feel that I should want to and that maybe I’ll get more in the mood, but it’s never good.

Aug 20, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Getting a Handle on HPV

Q: I recently found out that I have HPV. I was so shocked and upset by the news that I couldn’t really think of anything to ask my doctor. So, I was wondering what I should do. This was the first time I’ve ever been tested, so do I have to tell every guy I’ve ever been with (even those I didn’t actually have sex with)? And do I have to tell all future partners?

Aug 6, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Does He Have to Know?

Q: I am still a virgin. It’s not because I’m religious or anything – I just haven’t met the right person. The only thing is that I’m finally ready to sleep with this guy, but I don’t know if I should tell him or not? Guys seem to get pretty freaked out about that kind of stuff. Is it possible to just do it and not tell him?

Jul 23, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Why Does Sex Hurt Me?

Q: I am not in a serious relationship, so I don’t have sex very often. When I do, though, it always hurts. Sometimes even more than the first time. Why is that? Is there something I can do so it doesn’t hurt anymore?

Jun 11, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Dealing With The PMS Blues

Q: I have been getting extremely horrible PMS symptoms. I’m incredibly moody - sometimes to the point that I can’t get out of bed – my cramps are awful and I keep breaking out. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

Jun 4, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Is Birth Control Enough?

I am on the birth control pill and I want to stop using condoms with my boyfriend. I know he is clean, so I am not worried about STDs, but I am worried about pregnancy. Is the birth control pill enough to keep me from getting pregnant?

May 28, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Uncomfortable With Sex

Q: I feel very uncomfortable with all things sex. I am not very experienced and get really nervous when the opportunity arises. How can I fix that?

Apr 2, 2009

The Doctor is In (Part 1)

Talking sex with your doctor isn't always easy. Whether you are afraid she or he will judge you, you just don't feel comfortable sharing the intimate details of your life between the sheets, or you can't think straight with a speculum between your legs, many people get tight lipped in the doctor's office.