• Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy | Ashley’s Story
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    Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy | Ashley’s Story

    [MUSIC] Felt like my world was crashing down.>>Cancer when you’re 20 something years old and pregnant. That doesn’t even cross your mind. Cancer, no. There’s no way. [MUSIC] I was probably around 26 weeks pregnant when I started spotting. The local doctor, the emergency room checked me and said that I had polyps on my cervix. And she’s like, I sent it off to pathology, and it came back a very rare, aggressive cancer called neuroendocrine carcinoma of the cervix. And she said, you’re gonna have to hurry up and have a hysterectomy and start chemo and radiation. And I’m still just thinking this all has to be a joke…

  • What You Need to Know About Zika Virus | Pregnancy and Sexual Transmission
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    What You Need to Know About Zika Virus | Pregnancy and Sexual Transmission

    [MUSIC] Most pregnant women, when they become infected with Zika virus have no symptoms. About four out of every five women that are infected will never know they’re infected, one in five may develop some fever, a rash, red eyes, joint pain. The problem what we’ve discovered in pregnant women is that the virus can actually cross the placenta and infect their baby. So, the babies, depending on when the woman gets infected, may end up developing microcephaly, which is a very small head, and the brain development may actually be very abnormal. [MUSIC] It does, like a lot of viruses that end up affecting pregnant women, the earlier on…

  • Female Birth Control Options | Family Planning
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    Female Birth Control Options | Family Planning

    [MUSIC] My name is Jenny Robinson. I’m an OB/GYN at John Hopkins Bayview and I work in the Women’s Center for Family Planning, which is a sub-specialty clinic that provides complex contraception care and also provides care for women facing either abnormal or unplanned pregnancies. Women who have high blood pressure, who have poorly controlled diabetes, or a seizure disorder, they might be taking medications that can impact how effective, for instance, the birth control pill might be. Or there can be women that having pregnancies might actually be detrimental to their health. So a woman who’s had a history of a blood clot, for example, it would be really…