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Dr. Rachael Ross is a recurring co-host on the Emmy® Award-winning talk show, The Doctors, and a practicing board-certified family medicine physician and sexologist whose engaging manner and frankness has garnered comparisons to Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Dr. Rachael has spread her message to audiences across the U.S. on television, social media and numerous publications by talking frankly about relationships, sex, health, abstinence HIV/AIDS prevention and comprehensive sex education for teenagers. For Dr. Rachael, practicing medicine is something of a family business.

She practices in her hometown of Gary, Indiana with her father, Dr. David Ross, and her brother, Dr. Nathaniel Ross, while mom Ruthie serves as office manager. Dr. Rachael’s sister, Dr. Rebekkah Ross, was part of the Ross Family Doctors’ practice until she passed away from complications related to sickle cell anemia in 2011.

In 2012, Dr. Rachael received Northwest Indiana’s prestigious Athena International Service Award for the work she started in 2004 with her sister Rebekkah, mentoring girls in their hometown. The duo’s philanthropy has also been recognized by the National Council of Negro Women. Dr. Rachael has been a featured speaker at college campuses nationwide and has been quoted as an expert in Cosmopolitan and Self magazines.

Ross is also the author of Down Right Feel Right – Outercourse: For Her & For Him, designed to help couples develop greater intimacy. Dr. Rachael earned her M.D. from Meharry Medical College and her Ph.D. from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, along with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she studied anthropology.

She lives in Chicago, and in her free time, refurbishes furniture, dabbles in interior design, maintains her medical practice in Gary, and commutes throughout the U.S. passionately offering “prescriptions for life.”

Can someone have PCOS after they have had a total abdominal hysterectomy?

No. It’s a disorder related to the ovaries.  After a TAH, the ovaries have been removed.

I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago. The only symptoms I have is hair growth, very heavy periods and depression. Should I be more concerned having it now than I am? Does  PCOS increase your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and other forms of cancer?

Yes, you should continue to be monitored by your doctor.

I have all the symptoms of it,  but my doctor says I don’t have PCOS. I’m 40 and never been pregnant or on birth control. What tests can I take to rule this out?

Let’s Talk About Sex: Dr. Rachael Ross Can Handle It was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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