Category Archives: Sex and Fertility

The Health Benefits of Sex, No Matter What Your Age

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP S-E-X.  Sex.  For a small word, s-e-x evokes all sorts of varied emotions for people!  Some women tell me that sex was never discussed in their homes when growing up; others say that it was discussed infrequently and in hushed tones. Rarely do I hear that sex and sensuality were […]

Non-Hormonal Birth Control and IUDs

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN, NP Some of you may remember the frightening stories related to the safety of IUDs (intrauterine devices) shortly after they were introduced many years ago. Since that time, the IUD has become one of the best methods of preventing pregnancy and it now comes with only minimal risk of adverse consequences […]

Low Sex Drive – Why It Happens and How To Change It

 by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP With so much change occurring in our bodies (and our lives!) during the years of perimenopause and menopause, it’s not hard to imagine that our sexual experiences may be changing as well. Hot flashes and mood swings may impact how we feel about sex, while weight gain may leave us […]

Safe (and Enjoyable) Sex in Your Middle Years

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP If you’ve been waiting in line at the supermarket or browsed a newsstand recently, you cannot help but notice the controversial and attention getting covers of today’s women’s magazines. If they are not sharing “the secret to losing weight overnight,” these magazines are offering up tips on how to have […]

Birth Control Methods

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP   Method Reliability* Protection against HIV/STDs? Pros and Cons Intrauterine Devices (IUD/IUS)   (All) 99% No Pros: Longevity/Low side effect profile/High initial cost, but low cost when averaged for the lifespan of device. Cons: Recommended principally for women in monogamous relationships. Can be expelled or become dislodged. Not recommended for women […]

Laparoscopic Surgery For Endometriosis

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The procedure known as laparoscopy is done as surgery in a hospital operating room. The physician uses a telescopic camera that is introduced through a very small perforation in the skin, instead of using a full incision. The camera then will allow the surgeon to look at and evaluate the […]

Endometriosis – Start With A Natural Approach

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Every woman needs to know and understand the basics about endometriosis. This insight can offer a way to better see how our bodies work – and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy. The diagnosis of endometriosis can be scary, but let’s look at why we at Women to […]

Birth Control Questions To Consider

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Birth control is an important decision that a woman of reproductive age faces. You will want what works best for you in your situation. This is one of the most important health matters that will affect your lifestyle and emotions, as you will deal with birth control several times during […]

Choosing Birth Control

Choosing birth control—options for women by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP It shocks me how frequently patients believe that when I ask them about contraception, I’m asking about birth control pills. This confusion tells me how little the majority of women are taught about contraceptive options and how they work, because the pill is just one […]

Women’s Sexuality and Fertility

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP As women, society can often make us feel like we’re on a timeline. Not only are we expected to bear children by a certain age, we are also expected to cease being sexy as we get older. But I’m happy to say that more and more women are throwing this […]