Fact Sheet; Women's Health; Scientific American Presents; by Staff Editor; 2 Page(s)
Pick your gynecologist carefully. You should be able to ask questions, understand what tests are being performed and why, keep your medical records private, and retain the right to refuse any treatment or advice. Do some research: call a local college or university clinic and ask for recommendations; talk to your mom and friends about their favorite gynecologists. You can check your doctor's background on the American Medical Association's Web site at http:// www.ama-assn.org/ using the "Doctor Finder."
When it comes to sports, young women are no longer sitting on the sidelines. And with the rising numbers of female athletes, doctors are seeing more knee injuries. Women are two to eight times more likely than men to develop a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Clinic found that these injuries often occur during ovulation-suggesting that estrogen may play a role.