The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has expanded its recommendations on over-the-counter access to hormonal contraception. ACOG believes that vaginal rings, the contraceptive patch, and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injections are safe and should be available over the counter with no age restrictions, according to updated guidance released today. This broadens and replaces […]
Throughout life, women’s natural fertility curve goes up and down, and in a new study led by the University of Copenhagen, researchers have now shown why. The results might have impact on fertility counseling and in the longer term for treatment of infertility. Researchers have mapped out some of the mechanisms that may affect women’s […]
This advice was written by Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute of Reproductive Health During the more than two decades I’ve spent working in the reproductive health and rights movement, I’ve fought to expand access to reproductive health care, to defeat ideologically-based attacks on women’s health, and to educate women about advocating for themselves […]
It used to be that women were warned against visiting their gynecologist during their monthly menstrual cycle, but a lot has changed over the years, and now we’re encouraged to keep our gyno appointments even if Aunt Flo arrives unexpectedly. “No one should cancel their gynecologist appointment because of their period,” says Nancy McBride, MD, […]
When you hear the term “birth control,” the Pill probably springs to mind, followed by methods that are growing in popularity, like intrauterine devices and the Nexplanon implant. But there’s a slew of other options out there, including one that doctors say is popular but often overlooked in birth control conversations: the shot. Depo-Provera, the […]
While they’re not your therapist, an OB-GYN has a great medical impact on your health, comfort-level, everyday happiness and reproductive longevity. Their advice can help shape your contraception decisions and the choices you make surrounding family planning. They can also spot potentially life-threatening illnesses or diseases before they become dangerous. That’s exactly why having an […]
There’s nothing more baffling than seeing red in your undies when you’re pretty sure it’s not that time of the month. And unfortunately, without visiting your ob-gyn, there’s no way to know if your cycle is just out of whack or if something else is going on, says Natasha Johnson, M.D., an ob-gyn at Brigham […]
Shay Ventura, NP is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in women’s health promotion. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from American Sentinel University (2014) and her Master of Science from Fresno Pacific University (2016). During her graduate study, she became interested in women’s specialty and primary care. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems throughout the life span.
Shay began her career in health care by working as a volunteer at Kaweah Delta Health Care District when she was only 15 years old. Since that time, she has logged nearly twenty two years of nursing experience in various areas of patient care (nurse aide, oncology, orthopedics, and surgical nursing, infection prevention, and now as a nurse practitioner).
Shay believes in health promotion and disease prevention. Shay’s combination of clinical education and experience provide a strong academic foundation for the kind of wellness approach to health care that Shay feels is critical to good patient care. She believes in building a long lasting and trusting relationship with patients and customers.