Category: Ask the Doctor

Parenting Is Terminal

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Parenting is a terminal condition. I don’t mean it will kill you…usually. Once you catch parenting, you have it for life, much like herpes. Years ago researcher Elizabeth Kubler-Ross came out with her five stages of grief and recently I reflected on those stages. I was amazed at how similar those grief stages were to the stages of parenthood. Let’s explore!   Step One: Denial and Isolation For many new parents their first reaction is, “But why didn’t you tell me your birth control pills ran out last month?” Denial can reach monumental proportions...

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Breastfeeding—Got Milk?

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Most folks acknowledge that breast-feeding babies is a good thing. In fact, the most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that almost 80 percent of infants that are discharged from the hospital after birth are breastfed. In Georgia almost 70 percent of babies start out life as breastfed babies. At six months that number drops to 40 percent and at a year only 20 percent are still on the breast. In comparison California has the highest rate in the country at 92 percent and Louisiana has the lowest rate at...

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Deflated Desire

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Has your sex drive driven off? Does a romp in the hay imply a fun time riding in a wagon with a bunch of straw? Are you more likely to win the lottery than have enjoyable sex with your spouse? If you answer affirmatively to any of those questions, you may be like a significant number of women who have a medical condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder.   The medical definition of this common issue is a persistent or recurrent lack of interest in sex that causes you personal distress. Two...

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No More Kids

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Roald Dahl once said, “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” Blisters and all, there comes a point in many couples lives that they make a decision that they don’t want any more children. Granted there may be single folks who also make this decision, yet the vast majority of those who want to do something permanent surrounding birth control do it in the auspices of the family....

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