Genital Grooming: What to Know Before Going Bare Down There

**By Una Lee, MD** Pubic hair is a fact of life. The pattern of hair that grows on our genitals is a natural part of our body, and it serves a purpose. Pubic hair helps protect our genital organs and provide a layer of defense, first as a physical … [Read more...]

Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Visit: What Your Gynecologist Wishes You Would Do

**By Linda S. Mihalov, MD, FACOG** No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things – like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare … [Read more...]

When Laughing Leads to Leaks: Dealing with Stress Urinary Incontinence

**By Una Lee, MD** What is stress urinary incontinence? Have you ever laughed so hard you leaked urine? Do you leak urine when you run, dance, or work out? If you do and it happens consistently, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI … [Read more...]

Gynecologic Surgery: Minimally Invasive Approach Now an Option for More Procedures

**By Jil Johnson, DO** As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have an appreciation for health care needs unique to my patients. I love that medical advances over the last five to 10 years have allowed me to help many women with an array of treatment … [Read more...]

Women and Sex: Six Things to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

**By Una Lee, MD** If the female sexual response seems mysterious and complicated, it is - like anything that involves both mental and physical systems. To shine a light on a few of these mysteries, let’s discuss some of the latest research and what … [Read more...]