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Breast Reconstruction Options: What’s Best for You?

By OBOS |
headshot of Dr. Constance Chen

Women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomies often face difficult decisions about breast reconstruction. The first is whether or not to undergo reconstruction; the second, if reconstruction is chosen, is what kind of reconstruction to have?

Breasts can be rebuilt using implants — either saline or silicone — or they can be rebuilt using autologous tissue, which means tissue from different parts of a woman’s body. Sometimes both techniques are used together. It’s important to find out all you can about your options, as all reconstruction procedure involves some risk.

Dr. Constance Chen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the use of innovative techniques to optimize medical and aesthetic outcomes for breast reconstruction. In the video below, Dr. Chen and several of her patients discuss their experiences and decision-making process as well as the pros and cons of reconstruction options. 

For more information about Dr. Chen and her practice, visit www.constancechenmd.com.

A Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex and for Health Care Providers Who Treat Them

By Guest Contributor |

by Marta Milkowska

My name is Marta Milkowska and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am working on a project aimed to better understand the problem of pain during sex – something experienced by many women. This summer, with support from Our Bodies Ourselves and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Public Policy Program, I am seeking interviews with individuals who fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Women ages 16 to 35 who experience pain during … More

A Message About the Future of Our Bodies Ourselves

By OBOS |

Earlier this year, OBOS held a retreat to determine our future. We came to the painful conclusion that we don’t have the resources and infrastructure to continue our main programs using paid staff. Instead we will transition to a volunteer-led 501(c)3 that will mainly advocate for women’s health and social justice. More

Religion-Restricted Healthcare and its Effects on Reproductive Health Needs

By Guest Contributor |

by Rebekah Rollston

In my last year of medical school, I began looking into residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology. My first interview of the season was at a Catholic-affiliated hospital.

As the daughter of a religion scholar and professor, I was already familiar with the stance of the Catholic Church on reproductive healthcare. I knew that Catholic hospitals follow a set of ethical guidelines that prohibit doctors from providing abortions, contraception, tubal ligations, vasectomies, and infertility services, and that patients seeking these services are generally referred … More