A good friend of mine loves to tell the story of her high school sex-Ed teacher, who had a visceral–at least a visible horror of anything to do with sex. The teacher had no problem with the biology itself, no problem with the his-and-her-parts diagrams. She rocked when it came to embryos and she glowed […]
These fertility goddesses are from different religions, different times. But to me, beyond being lovely ladies, they also share a message that may sometimes seem lost amidst the tension and concern that many bring to the question of their own fertility (even before they have any reason at all to worry): bearing children is a […]
When I first became an obstetrician-gynecologist, my uncle gave me this statue head. “A fertility goddess” he said, “so you get more patients pregnant.” A sound business goddess! Does she promote fertility? Well, the surrounding succulents are doing wonderfully, so she’s definitely on the right track. Goddess in the garden, or not, your chances of […]
Driving down a fairly grim North Hollywood avenue, this clown jumped out of nowhere. Circus Clown Liquor. Made me stop and laugh out loud … as soon as I’d stopped screaming in terror. It might not seem that clowns have much to do with fertility (maybe the opposite!), but in a recent study*, women […]
Everyone gets asked work questions outside of work; the questions I get asked just happen to be about vaginas. Dinner party conversations become interesting when people find out I’m an obstetrician / gynecologist. Neutral topics evolve, suddenly, and to my husband’s horror, to a divulging of intimate details. From a relative stranger’s “nice to meet […]
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