My first patient this morning, a normally chipper young lady, greeted me with a somber nod. When I asked what was wrong, she took a deep breath, bit her bottom lip, thrust an ultrasound report in my face, and dramatically sighed, “I have a FIBROID.” I reviewed the report. It showed a tiny fibroid that…

My first period came when I was 13 years old. It is a day I will remember forever –not because it made me finally feel like a woman, but because it happened at my birthday party. A pool party. Worst. Party. Ever. Of course, I was not the first woman, nor would I be the…

My patient is lying on the operating table trembling with fear. The cold, clinical bustle of the OR can feel overwhelming, especially after the warm calm of the delivery room. This is her first baby and a C-section is definitely not on her birth plan. Though I tried every trick in the book to get…

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