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Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, Director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health and Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health, is nationally known for her leadership in women's health.

Hysterectomies: Are They Always Non-Negotiable?

Many women hear that they need a hysterectomy to cure problems like heavy vaginal bleeding. After all, removing the uterus and/or ovaries has been the standard treatment for many years. But hysterectomy is not a woman’s only option today. Hysterectomy has major implications for your body and life. You need to ask yourself questions like, … Read More

Top 12 Health Tips for Women

12.  Increase your daily steps from the baseline recommended 10,000 steps a day to 12,000 steps a day. 11.  Review your immunizations! It is not just babies and don’t be a baby! Tdap, zostavax, pneumovax to name a few. 10.  The news media can be a great source of health care information, but don’t rely too … Read More

Do You Have “Tanorexia?”

It is Prom season. Last night my family made the trek to our community’s gathering place where all the senior prom couples from our school congregate with family and friends for pictures before slipping into sleek limos to head to the Prom. Seeing all the young, happy students in matching gowns and tuxedos, dapper attire, and beautiful … Read More

You Don’t Have to Go With the Flow

Do you ever get tired of being told to go along with the flow? I do! Just because many midlife perimenopausal women experience heavy menstrual flow, it does not mean you have to accept this. Importantly, you do not have to choose to have a hysterectomy to cure the problem either! In the past, it was said it was … Read More

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Can You Go 5 Years Between Pap Tests?

Yes, ladies, it is true! You can safely space out pap tests (a collection of cells taken at the time of a periodic pelvic exam). The U.S. Preventive Health task force recently released new pap test guidelines. We start pap tests at age 21 and obtain them every three years. At age 30, if you also … Read More