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Public Cervix Announcement

Public Cervix Announcement

Welcome back to the weekly segment we call “Public Cervix Announcement” with Dr. Kristin Lyerly. This week: mammograms, OPill, and PCOS.

Then Dr. Phil Rocco (a different kind of doctor) breaks down what’s going on with shared revenue in Wisconsin and why you should care.

Guests: Kristin Lyerly, Philip Rocco

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Public Cervix Announcement With Dr. Kristin Lyerly

We welcome back Dr. Kristin Lyerly to our weekly women’s health segment, “Public Cervix Announcement” 

This week we talk about:

Mammogram guidelines

Yesterday, an independent group of health experts suggested that women get regular mammograms at 40 instead of 50 and older. The draft proposal comes as new research has found a 2% annual increase in breast cancer diagnoses for women in their 40s since 2015. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the US — with Black women 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. The guidelines mimic other medical groups who’ve already suggested the changes, including The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The first over-the-counter birth control pill

This week, two FDA advisory panels unanimously agreed the oral contraceptive pill, Opill, could be sold without a prescription. Opill, created by French-based HRA Pharma, is a progestin-only pill that’s reportedly more than 90% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken daily. In 1973, the FDA approved the pill as a prescription drug. Countries like Canada, Mexico, and most of Europe already offer OTC birth control pills. Now, health experts are recommending the US does the same by putting Opill on store shelves.


We got a question in from a listener (which you are always welcome to provide as well, just email us at

I just caught the podcast for yesterday’s segment with Dr. Lyerly and it was fantastic. My OB-GYN is retiring so I’m navigating the search for a new doctor. She was a great resource for managing my PCOS and I’m wondering if Dr. Lyerly could talk on it. It seems to be a common problem among women but it’s talked about so infrequently. I just think if I knew at age 18 some of the things I know now at age 34, I might have been able to manage some of the symptoms better.

The doctor answers what PCOS is, how you know if you have it, and what treatment looks like if you do. 

Shared Revenue Breakdown with Dr. Phil Rocco

We welcome back Dr. Phil Rocco, who is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University and author of Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act- to talk about how much Shared Revenue is living rent-free is in his brain these days. 

We talk about the difference between what was proposed in Evers’ budget versus what the Republican’s bill looks like. 

Read more of his insights at the Recombobulation Area: How municipal governments would fare under Assembly Republicans’ and Tony Evers’ shared revenue plans

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