Lauren Streicher, MD

Asst. Clinical Prof., Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Blog Posts

Joining Dr. Oz is a panel of experts from across the country, representing different medical disciplines, genders, and opinions. Together, they're creating a center for health and wellness information where no topic is off limits.

July 2, 2002: This is the day that will go down in medical history as the day that millions of women turned on the morning news to hear that the estrogen that they took every morning could cause...

Added to Women's Health, menopause, Health News on Wed 10/03/2012

There is a lot of information about how surgery affects women both physically and emotionally. Sadly, the male response to a partner’s hysterectomy has been essentially ignored. This is...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships on Tue 07/10/2012

Every year, over half a million women will undergo a hysterectomy. By age 60, one-third of women will no longer have a uterus, making hysterectomy the most common major surgery performed in this...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Mon 07/02/2012

At least once a day, a patient apologizes to me that she hasn’t shaved her legs or had a pedicure before climbing into the stirrups. In addition to being worried that I am going to find some...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Wed 05/09/2012

Whether it is arsenic in your apple juice, or blood clots from taking birth control pills, it is always disconcerting to hear that something you thought was safe may in fact be risky.

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Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Wed 05/02/2012

The most frequent reason to stay home from work is not the flu, bad period cramps, a headache or even a hangover. Forty percent of all time off work, 23 million lost days, and $3.5 million lost...

Added to Illness Prevention, Wellness, Medical Myths, Immunity on Sun 04/08/2012

On today’s show, Dr. Oz and I chatted with a woman about an issue that might sound familiar. Her urine sprayed in many directions instead of coming out in a straight stream. While there are a...

Added to Women's Health, Anatomy, Sexual Health, Gynecology on Tue 04/03/2012

Any woman who has ever watched a celebrity flip her shiny hair in a TV commercial knows how vitally important it is to use a pH-balanced shampoo. No one knows why, (I certainly don’t) and I would...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Tue 04/03/2012

It would be nice if lubricants always solved the problem, but sometimes the ravages of menopause make the vaginal walls so thin and dry, the only way to reverse the vaginal clock and make...

Added to Women's Health, Sexual Health on Thu 03/15/2012

Most women with troublesome fibroids either just put up with a monthly flood until they go through menopause, or end up with a hysterectomy.

 

In my last blog, I mentioned that...

Added to Women's Health, Smart Patient, Gynecology on Mon 02/27/2012

Changing trends in hairstyles are not limited to the hair on your head. As a gynecologist, I get a firsthand view of what’s trendy when it comes to pubic hair. Today, less is more, and many women...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Fri 02/10/2012

If you’ve seen an advertisement for uterine ablation, the process that destroys the lining of the uterus to eliminate periods, you’d imagine that every woman who has had this procedure spends her...

Added to Women's Health, Anatomy, Gynecology on Sat 12/10/2011

Most women assume that ovarian cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer. They are surprised when I tell them that uterine cancer – also known as endometrial cancer – is actually the most...

Frequently, patients ask if I prescribe “bioidentical” hormones. It’s a good question, but unfortunately, the answer is not a quick one. Like many new phrases, “bioidentical” means different...

Added to Women's Health, Anatomy, Smart Patient, Gynecology on Wed 11/09/2011

Just about every woman has experienced at least one itchy vagina episode that’s so unbearable it culminates in an emergency midnight trip to the drugstore. Over the counter remedies...

There’s nothing that spoils the elation of a positive pregnancy test quite like the misery of morning sickness. While 50% of women have at least occasional nausea and vomiting during pregnancy,...

Added to Pregnancy on Tue 06/21/2011

It’s always disconcerting to have unexpected vaginal bleeding, but it’s particularly unsettling when it occurs years after your uterus and ovaries have closed for business and you no longer...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Tue 06/07/2011

Nelson Rockefeller died while having sex with his mistress. Even the mighty Attila the Hun fell victim to a heart attack that caused his early demise … on his wedding night no less.

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“Lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you don’t confuse them with mountains” – Shakira

 

Voluptuous women seem to have it all: the perfect man, the cover of magazines...

Added to Women's Health, Beauty on Thu 03/31/2011

Women willingly accept years of contraceptives, pregnancies, labors, deliveries and post-partum’s. Yet, once the decision for permanent sterilization has been made, the men who have watched them...

For guys, middle-aged hair loss is upsetting, but not something that prompts a doctor’s appointment. A woman that has sudden, unexplained hair loss finds herself in a different situation. While...

Added to Anti-Aging, Beauty on Thu 03/10/2011

It is a widely recognized fact that roughly 40% of middle aged and older women have difficulties related to sex. During Dr. Oz's...

Added to Sexual Health, Woman's Health on Thu 02/24/2011

Are you one of those full-figured women who skips your annual gynecology exam since suffering from some awful gynecologic problem seems infinitely more appealing than being forced to get on a...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Mon 02/21/2011

Having an “MD” after a name is no assurance that the person you are about to bare your soul … and your body to is necessarily an expert. Likewise, the media doc who appears on TV or is a...

Added to Smart Patient on Thu 02/03/2011

It may be winter, but menopausal women across the country are still sweating and disrobing. Hot flashes are hardly a new problem and you would think that, by now, someone would have come up...

Added to Women's Health, menopause on Wed 01/26/2011

Uterine prolapse is when the uterus drops down into the vagina, and in severe cases, outside the vagina. It is one of the more distressing gynecologic conditions and spares no age group....

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Wed 01/12/2011

Everywhere you turn, there are articles and advertisements touting the benefits of robotic surgery, so it’s no surprise that my patients routinely ask if their scheduled hysterectomy will be...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology, Medical Advances on Tue 01/04/2011

"Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." — Mark Twain

 

While kicking the cigarette habit is not the most common New Year’s resolution (losing weight holds...

It’s that time of year: the office holiday party. And even with the best of intentions, the lure of mistletoe and a little too much vodka can lead to the horror of waking up next to the hot guy...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology, Holidays on Tue 12/14/2010

Most people expect to pee in a cup when they visit their doctor ... but spit in a cup?

 

A few years ago, it was alternative practitioners who originally popularized salivary...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology, menopause on Thu 12/02/2010

Nervous flyers (myself included) have a lot of irrational things to worry about. Analyzing every funny noise in case it is an indication of imminent engine failure and being ready to assume crash...

Added to Women's Health, Holidays, Travel on Tue 11/23/2010

It’s pretty typical for women to be told after a hysterectomy to refrain from sex for 6 weeks or more. But for couples that enjoy and miss the physical side of their relationship, it’s nice to...

Added to Women's Health, Surgery, Sex and Relationships, Gynecology on Mon 11/15/2010

Have you ever known someone that took time off from work to recover from a hysterectomy and returned looking younger and really well rested? She of course said that getting...

Added to Plastic Surgery, Women's Health, Surgery, Gynecology on Wed 11/10/2010

While it may seem like your menstruating teen is being a drama queen, menstrual cramps can be really painful. Roughly 50% of teens suffer from menstrual cramps and in 15% the pain is...

Added to Women's Health, Adolescent Health, Menstruation on Wed 10/27/2010

The fallopian tubes are the sperm’s highway to the egg. Unfortunately it now appears that  the fallopian tubes can also potentially  be a road for abnormal cells to  travel down...

Added to Cancer, Women's Health, Sexual Health on Mon 10/25/2010

Don’t be surprised or blame your gynecologist if he or she had no information about the increased rate of breast cancer deaths associated with hormone use reported on Wednesday (October 20, 2010...

Added to Women's Health, Breast Cancer on Thu 10/21/2010

For the woman who is newly contending with a diagnosis of breast cancer and dealing with the overwhelming stress of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, sex is usually the last thing on her mind....

Added to Breast Cancer, Sexual Health on Wed 10/20/2010

The onset of vaginal dryness during menopause can destroy what was once a healthy, satisfying sex life. That is why I recently mentioned silicone lubricants as an essential ingredient for turning...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships, Sexual Health on Thu 10/14/2010

News from NAMS part 2: Sex and HormonesThe buzz at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) conference on day 2 was about the just-released news that Boehringer Ingram, the...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships, Sexual Health on Mon 10/11/2010

This week I’m playing hooky from the office to attend The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual National Conference. There, the foremost experts in midlife health present the latest...

Added to Women's Health on Fri 10/08/2010

Are you one of those “hard-to-fit” types when it comes to jeans? Rest assured that thinking your thighs look fat and sending numerous sales people back to the racks is painless compared to being a...

Added to Women's Health, Gynecology on Mon 10/04/2010

For the woman who is done having kids, not interested in having kids, or simply not ready to have kids, fear of pregnancy is a major libido-killer. (Not to mention his bad breath and tighty-...

Added to Women's Health, Sex and Relationships on Thu 09/30/2010

When a woman is trying to conceive, a positive pregnancy test is an incredibly exciting, emotional event. For the 43-year-old who is late for her period and doesn’t know if it means peri-menopause...

Added to Women's Health, Pregnancy on Tue 09/28/2010

About  once a week a patient who is hearing her clock ticking really loudly asks about how to go about getting pregnant, even if there is no guy in her life. And, in reality, an  actual...

Added to Pregnancy, Sex and Relationships on Wed 09/15/2010

I refer to them as the "hand-on-the-door" questions. They go something like this: One of my patients will come in for her annual visit.  After the exam we chat about her irregular...

Added to Women's Health, Sexual Health on Wed 09/08/2010