The information found in these pages is not meant to be a substitute for information received from your doctor or midwife. We encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to us. Since we cannot always be available to answer your questions, we want to provide you with some additional sources of information, but the information contained in these pages should not be considered a substitute for personal medical care.

These articles are presented “as is”, without any express or implied warranties. While reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, our practice assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages from use of the information herein. Please consult your doctor or midwife for specific information.

Abuse and Domestic Violence

Connecticut Domestic Violence Shelters
http://www.divorcesource.com/shelters/connecticut.shtml

a questionnaire to help you recognize if you are in a potentially abusive relationship
http://www.mjbovo.com/Abuse/PotentialAb.htm

extensive list of on-line articles, and links, dealing with domestic, sexual and child abuse issues
http://www.mjbovo.com/Abuse/AbuseLinks.htm#article

Adolescents and Young Women

Questions and answers about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted infections
http://www.iwannaknow.org/

My First Visit is a multi-media presentation about your gynecologic exam, and what to expect.
http://www.firstvisit.org/

Information for young adults on pregnancy, contraception, STDs and communicating well about sexual issues
http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital in Boston, this site provides information on health issues that affect teenage
girls and young women. Lots of good information sheets!
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org

Sex, Etc. – an online newsletter by teens, for teens
http://www.sxetc.org/

Teen site from Planned Parenthood provides information and news about teen sexuality, sexual health and
relationships. Also in Spanish
http://www.teenwire.com

A peer-reviewed site from ob-gyn.net – the information is regularly updated
http://www.obgyn.net/yw/yw.asp

The Eating Disorder Information and Referral Center
http://www.edreferral.com/

Articles on sexuality from the New York Online Access for Health
http://www.noah-health.org/en/healthy/sexuality/index.html

Alternative/Complementary Therapies

Interested in alternative therapies? Here’s a study on the use of agnus castus (Chaste tree) for PMS.
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7279/134

Evidence-based herbal medicine – What’s safe? Where’s the evidence that herbs work? What precautions should you take if you use herbal therapies? This is a really good resource.
http://www.herbmed.org/

Curious about alternative and complementary medicine?
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health
http://nccam.nih.gov/

From New York Online Access to Health, extensive site
http://www.noah-health.org/en/alternative/index.html

Breast Care and Breast Cancer

Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
http://www.breastcancer.org/

Information about breast imaging procedures from the American Cancer Society
http://tinyurl.com/6bogwgf

Usually we do not feature commercially sponsored sites, but Ethicon has provided a lot of good information on breast biopsies, and what the results mean.
http://www.Breastbiopsy.com/

Y-Me Breast Cancer Support Organization
http://www.networkofstrength.org/

Cancer

Resources and support from the National Cancer Institute; extensive and worthwhile site
http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/

National Cervical Cancer Coalition
http://www.nccc-online.org/

Association of Cancer On-line Resources
http://www.acor.org/

Contraception

Choosing the best birth control method for you
http://bedsider.org/
http://www.arhp.org/MethodMatch/

Emergency contraception website – also available in French, Spanish and Arabic
http://ec.princeton.edu/index.html

Emergency Contraception
http://www.go2planb.com/

The Feminist Women’s Health Center
http://www.fwhc.org

Planned Parenthood’s site
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

good information on Natural Family Planning
http://www.bygpub.com/natural/natural-family-planning.htm

FertilityUK is the national fertility awareness & NFP service for the UK. The service provides comprehensive and objective information to the general public and health professionals on all aspects of fertility awareness.
http://www.fertilityuk.org/

The Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning
http://www.billings-centre.ab.ca/bc_home.htm

GYN Exam

My First Visit is a multi-media presentation about your gynecologic exam, and what to expect.
http://www.firstvisit.org/

Infertility

Fertility Journey.com is a free resource available to you for comprehensive information, guidance and support during your journey to parenthood.
http://www.fertilityjourney.com

A Guide to Infertility Treatment and Procedures
http://www.firstvisitivf.org/

Information on basic infertility workup from the InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
http://www.ivf.com/inciidwu.html

American Society of Reproductive Medicine; includes patient handouts
http://www.asrm.org

Resolve is a support group for women and men with infertility concerns; in addition, it provides a wealth of information on infertility and getting pregnant
http://www.resolve.org

Guide to tests, drugs and procedures
http://sharedjourney.com/test.html

Homepage of the fertility awareness and natural family planning association; good site with information on the physiology of the menstrual cycle, and signs of ovulation
http://www.fertilityuk.org/index.html

Menopause

Pause – the online magazine that is your complete guide to midlife health
http://pause.acog.org/

Confused about the hormone replacement controversies? Here’s a site that helps explain the studies
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi/

information on midlife health from the National Women’s Health Resource Center
http://www.healthywomen.org

The web site of the North American Menopause Society
http://www.menopause.org/

Menstrual Cycle, Menstrual Irregularities and Gyn Problems

The Endometriosis Zone
http://www.endometriosiszone.org/

The Endometriosis Association
http://www.endometriosisassn.org/

a peer-reviewed site on polycystic ovarian syndrome from ob.gyn.net; content changes often
http://www.obgyn.net/pcos/pcos.asp

treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome with insulin lowering medicatioin
http://www.ivf.com/pcostreat.html

Obgyn.net adds a new section on Sex Related Issues, includiong such topics as vulvodynia, data rape, contraception, changes in libido. Lots of good information here!
http://www.obgyn.net/sexissues/sexissues.asp

good site with descriptions of various causes of irregular menstrual bleeding
http://www.mjbovo.com/AbnlBleed.htm

National Vulvodynia Association
http://www.nva.org/

PAP Smears

From the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology – every thing you need to know about Pap smears
http://www.asccp.org/patient_edu.shtml

PMS and Depression

There is a wealth of information on pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder(PMDD) on obgyn.net’s peer-reviewed site.
http://www.obgyn.net/pmspmdd/pmspmdd.asp

Interested in alternative therapies for PMS? Agnus castus is effective in premenstrual syndrome
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7279/0/c

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Vaginitis

Questions and answers about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted infections
http://www.iwannaknow.org/

more good information from New York Online Access to Health
http://www.noah-health.org/en/infectious/std/

excellent site with detailed information on the signs and symptoms of many sexually transmitted infections;explicit photos however, and you must check a disclaimer to enter the site
http://www.afraidtoask.com/STD/

from the American Social Health Association
http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_overview.cfm

Women’s Health in General – lots of good information on a wide variety of topics

Sexual Relationship Problems?
Sexual and relationship problems are surprisingly common and can cause huge distress. Research suggests that between a third and a half of adults report having sexual problems. At the heart of many relationship breakdowns and divorces are sexual problems. But people find it very difficult to talk about such personal issues and this may mean that problems go unresolved for years or even for ever. It does not need to be like this.
http://www.basrt.org.uk/

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Reproductive health is a broad topic, intimately tied to every person’s quality of life. It is about helping people navigate the hormonal changes in their bodies, whether in adolescence or in menopause. It is about choosing whether and when to be pregnant, and being able to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. It is about understanding ourselves as sexual beings and how our sexuality affects our relationships and our health. Reproductive health is about helping people live long and satisfying lives.

The ARHP Web site is designed to provide health practitioners and the general public evidence-based information on the broad range of topics that make up reproductive health. For ease of navigation, ARHP’s wide array of resources including continuing education, clinical publications, patient resources, featured research, breaking news, and links to additional information are organized by fourteen broad reproductive health topics/
http://www.arhp.org/

The companion website of the classic women’s health book, Our Bodies, Our Selves
http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/default.asp

Human Anatomy OnLine is a great interactive resource for learning more about our bodies. There is a wealth of information on reproductive anatomy.
http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

Many links on gyn care, pregnancy and primary care from The National Women’s Health Information Center
http://www.4woman.org/

extensive links and information from New York Online Access to Health
http://www.noah-health.org/en/healthy/women/

topics concerning sexuality from New York Online Access to Health
http://www.noah-health.org/en/healthy/sexuality/index.html

National Woman’s Health Resource Center
http://www.healthywomen.org

“Boldly Exploring Women’s Health”
http://www.estronaut.com

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