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Joanna Mandell, M.D., M.S.

Medical Reviewer

Joanna Mandell, M.D., M.S., is a board-certified family physician with a full-spectrum clinical practice (adult medicine, pediatrics, and outpatient obstetrics). She has additional expertise in women’s health, including prenatal care, contraception, and common gynecologic problems. Joanna is core faculty at the Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and also teaches residents at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors and caring for animals.

Latest by Joanna Mandell, M.D., M.S.

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Symptoms

Treatment Options for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Are your heavy periods interfering with your life? Here are steps you can take to tackle the problem, known as menorrhagia.

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Symptoms

Why Is There No Screening for HPV-Related Throat Cancer?

More and more men are being diagnosed with HPV-related cancers of the throat. So why aren’t they routinely screened for the virus?

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Memory Loss

Getting Forgetful? Might Be Menopause

Those hot flashes and sudden lapses in memory may be more connected than you thought, say researchers.

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Healthy Aging

Have You Been Using Hormones to Manage Menopause for Too Long?

According to a new study, extended periods of time on hormone replacement therapy may increase breast cancer risk.

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Prevention

Gestational Diabetes: 5 Life-Saving Tips for You and Your Baby-to-Be

Untreated diabetes during pregnancy can have serious repercussions. Our doctor-approved plan will help you spot the signs and take action to stay safe.

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Liver

15 Facts You Need to Know About Hepatitis C and Pregnancy

Thinking of becoming pregnant but have the Hepatitis C virus (also known as HCV)? Not sure if you have it but maybe you do? Separate fact from fiction and learn what you should know.

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Medication

The Evolution of Birth Control Throughout History

From 3000 B.C. to present day, birth control has come a long way. Here's a health history lesson on how it developed into what it is today.

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Highs & Lows

Highs and Lows: My Best and Worst Genital Herpes Moments

"What I once viewed as a near-death sentence to my love life and identity transformed into a sense of purpose that still guides me today."

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Symptoms

Bleeding After Sex: Potential Causes

Noticing blood after sex can be a scary experience, but many causes are minor. Here’s what you should know.

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Living With

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

A genital herpes diagnosis can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety — among other struggles. Here’s how to combat the stigma and take care of your mental health.