“I’m in a monogamous relationship, I don’t need Pap smears”
“Patients have told me that because they’ve been married for many years, haven’t had sex in many years, or have always had normal Pap tests that they don’t need Pap smears. However, all women should be screened for cervical cancer. HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer, is so common that virtually all sexually active women will get it at some point in their lives. And it may not have been detected previously because it can remain dormant for years before it starts causing damage to cells that can lead to cancer. That’s why women ages 30 to 65 should be sure they’re screened with a Pap test and HPV test together at regular intervals.” Cherrell Triplett, MD
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“I’m pregnant so I’m eating for two!”
“Sadly it is not true that when you’re pregnant you can eat whatever you want. For a singleton pregnancy, you need an average of 300 to 350 calories extra a day during the first and second trimester and 500 calories in the third trimester. Excessive weight gain in pregnancy puts the mom at increased risk for diabetes during pregnancy, other medical complications, and increased chances of needing a C-section.” Diana Ramos, MD
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“Hormone treatments will kill you”
“Many patients think that taking hormones is harmful and that you should let nature take its course and age as biology intended. But the truth is that hormone therapy is not deadly. Even in the ominous 2002 Women’s Health Initiatives study, we can see that the women who used just estrogen during the first decade of their menopause had an almost 30 percent reduction in all causes of death and a 20 percent lower incidence of breast cancer. With a broad brushstroke, the hormone story was painted as a death sentence for all users but in reality after your ovaries retire and you are estrogen deficient, there is a safe and acceptable way to restore low levels that has more benefits than risks.” Steven A. Rabin, MD