Archives of the Vagina

A Journey through Time

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

In 2012, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists “encourages women to educate themselves about their midlife health issues and to talk with their Ob-Gyn about their concerns.”

Educate themselves about menopause, hormone replacement therapy, hysterectomy, and whether or not to keep their ovaries?

In the USA, for women over 45 years old, 40% have had a hysterectomy, and about half have had normal ovaries removed. Second opinions show that 90% of hysterectomies are unnecessary. Post-menopausal women are supposed to tell their doctors that they don’t want to have sex anymore

because it feels like a stabbing knife?

Studies show that women don’t like asking their doctors about sex, and doctors don’t like asking woman about sex either. I’m a Stanford-trained doctor, and you bet I educated myself.

And now I’m passing it on to you.

Because no one showed me how to put in a tampon, no one explained how sexually-transmitted diseases are passed on from one person to another, and just like you, I wanted my daughter to grow up with better information than I did.

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Dr. Margaret Aranda

Dr. Margaret Aranda was born in Santa Monica, California and was a ‘Valley Girl’ during adolescence. While raising her six siblings, she was on Granada Hills High School Swim Team; she ran away from home and graduated high school at age sixteen. By age 19, she acquired California Cosmetology and Real Estate licenses. Despite the lack of support, domestic violence, and an alcoholic spouse, she became the first doctor in her family.

Seemingly followed by various adversities, her husband left her during her first year of medical school, taking their child. She eventually obtained custody of their son and graduated Keck USC School of Medicine. She became Vice President of the House Officer’s Association at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, rotating through the Jail Ward and getting assaulted by a psychiatric patient who put her in a military chokehold. Struggling as a truly single mother, she earned grocery money by scrubbing toilets for a law office until she transferred to Stanford.

She graduated Stanford School of Medicine’s anesthesiology and then critical care Fellowship. Her first ‘real’ job was as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Traumatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional career continued with research and publications. She was granted an additional Assistant Professorship of Radiology, leading to her position as Interim Chief of Anesthesiology at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, during 9/11.

Her father got Alzheimer’s disease, so she moved back to California. As Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Radiology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a tragic car accident befell her and her daughter. At an estimated 90 mph, their truck was T-boned, spinning Margaret’s brain like a centrifuge. That’s where her book “The Rebel Patient” begins.

Disabled and primarily bedridden after traumatic brain injury and diabetes insipidus (TBI with DI), dysautonomia, gastroparesis, and vertebral artery dissection, Margaret continues to her social media expertise to validate and encourage the sick and oppressed, especially the RebelPatient.™