OR: A brief history of why I hated doctors for so long, and why I finally stopped.
pelvic exam
The room was now crowded with THREE medical students, my doctor talking them through what he was doing, and a nurse guarding the door. I felt like they were watching MTV's "True Life: I'm Louise's Vagina".
birth control
Birth control is still stigmatized in the US, and that's bound to make patients uncomfortable when asking for information.
How was I to know a simple request for antibiotics was going to start with a review of my sexual history and end with my vag on public display?
I feel certain that my doctor did not prescribe me Topamax for its possible weight loss side effects, but that small mention stuck with me as the hardest to process, because it comes with the most baggage.

Mar 13, 2014 at 3:00pm | 230 comments

brain surgery
My brain was too big for my skull and it was pressing down on my spinal cord, causing severe neurological issues.
Over the course of a week, the sounds in my ear became progressively worse. They escalated from the now familiar sloshing, to buzzing and ringing. I could no longer remain calm about it.

Mar 1, 2014 at 9:01am | 41 comments

Be warned, this post is about fat-shaming and weight loss, and it includes specific discussions about weight. (On the other hand, read on if you've been dying to know how much I weigh.)
Or Why I'll Never See A Male Gynecologist Again
getting pregnant with michelle tea
It just feels so lousy to have to detail the vagaries of your inherited mental health.
A UK hospital is teaching its employees to be more sensitive to their fat patients by making them wear a fat suit. Unfortunately this noble effort undertaken in the best of intentions is totally freaking misguided and rooted in the same assumptions that cause problems in the first place.
What the hell is a trusted “medical professional” doing telling someone in their early 20s that they need to inject their face with a serious neurotoxin?

Dec 23, 2013 at 11:00am | 170 comments

Almost every doctor I went to see seemed to just go ahead and assume I was crazy before I even sat down, probably because I wrote or circled things on my forms like "Celexa, 40 mg daily," "Buspar, 30 mg daily" and "history of substance abuse."

Dec 10, 2013 at 2:00pm | 330 comments

slut shaming
Women should feel empowered for taking responsibility of their personal and sexual health, not demeaned and judged for doing so.
I don’t know why I didn’t slap her.
Women are dying of strokes, myocardial infarction, and other serious medical conditions all because they show up to the doctor's “looking healthy” and wearing nice clothes.
I was locked in an exam room at my optometrist’s office, and I was about to join hands with two technicians and the doctor while they forced me to pray to Jesus.
This guy is unreal hot and he knows I’m STD free because he did the tests himself.
Is it the responsibility of doctors to watch their words to avoid upsetting patients? Or is their job simply to identify and communicate “facts” truthfully?
Doctors (along with the rest of us) sometimes seem to forget that the Internet is a real place with real consequences. The things you say and do there matter, and putting something up on a public Facebook post is like standing on a street corner and yelling.