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Elisa Ross, MD

Elisa Ross, MD, is a obstetrician and gynecologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Institute. She loves caring for and educating women.

Feminine Odor Problems? What Every Woman Needs to Know

Many women claim that douching makes them feel cleaner, eliminates embarrassing odor and protects them against infection. But they may be doing harm to themselves along the way. I advise my patients not to douche on a regular basis. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ. When you try to cleanse it yourself by using a … Read More

Tired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups

For years, women have used either tampons or pads to collect blood and protect clothing during their periods. But a menstrual cup provides women with an alternative to these traditional methods. Some are long-lasting and reusable, while others are disposable. Menstrual cup basics and advantages Aren’t sure what a menstrual cup is? It’s a flexible … Read More

Morning-After Pill: Your Weight Plays a Role

Heavier women who take the morning-after pill up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to reduce their chance of pregnancy may need to consider other emergency birth control options, such as an IUD. The European manufacturer of the drug NorLevo® — chemically identical to what’s sold in the U.S. as Plan B — said that … Read More

Are You Pregnant? Avoid Heavy Acetaminophen Use

Two new studies may make you more cautious about using medication to ease those pregnancy aches and pain. Researchers have found developmental problems in some children whose mothers were heavy users of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) during their pregnancies.   It’s important to note that numerous studies have consistently shown acetaminophen to be safe to use during … Read More

Yeast Infection Drug OK During Pregnancy (Video)

My patients and other pregnant women with yeast infections have been wary of taking the anti-fungal medicine fluconazole (brand name Diflucan®). The concern stems from a 2011 FDA report that it may cause birth defects in high doses if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and … Read More

Don’t Assume It’s Just a Yeast Infection

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments at the first sign of irritation — and usually this does do the trick. But if these symptoms come back often, or don’t respond to the … Read More

‘Full Term’ Pregnancy: Newly Defined

This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different classifications after learning about critical differences in the final weeks of gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the … Read More

Fewer C-Sections: Good News for Moms

Some expectant moms dread the idea of a cesarean section, while other women find the idea appealing. They may hope to avoid the pain of labor, cut short an uncomfortable pregnancy or ensure delivery at a time that’s convenient for them and their doctors. Wives’ tales are also circulating. People may believe, despite a lack … Read More

PMS: Control Pain, Moodiness and Cramping (Video)

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome strikes every month, leaving women crampy, bloated, weepy or irritable. But for some women, their extreme PMS symptoms turn their lives upside down, affecting their jobs and relationships.  That’s no way to go through life.  Find out how your doctor can help control your monthly hormone surges to get you relief.