Huma Farid, MD

Dr. Huma Farid is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School. She directs the resident colposcopy clinic and is the rotation director for labor and delivery at BIDMC. Dr. Farid graduated from Harvard Medical School. When not involved in resident education or patient care, she enjoys reading and writing.


Posts by Huma Farid, MD

Birth control and high blood pressure: Which methods are safe for you?

Huma Farid, MD

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Doctors typically recommend that women who have high blood pressure avoid using birth control that contains estrogen to avoid raising risks for a stroke or heart attack. According to a clinical update, this recommendation may be changing for some women with high blood pressure.

Can a daily pill lighten heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids?

Huma Farid, MD

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Many women develop benign uterine fibroids, which may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, a problem that may be more severe among Black women. A new daily medication approved by the FDA may help some women by lightening blood loss during monthly periods.

Intimacy, sex, and COVID-19

Huma Farid, MD

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Since most of us have been at home for several weeks, it’s natural to be thinking about intimacy with our partners. But is it safe to have sex during this time? What factors might make it unsafe?

Pregnant and worried about COVID-19?

Huma Farid, MD

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If you are pregnant, naturally you have concerns about COVID-19 and its potential effects on you and your fetus or newborn. Although there is limited data on the new coronavirus and pregnancy, some questions can be answered.

What can you do to reduce the risk of birth defects?

Huma Farid, MD

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Women who are hoping to become pregnant want to do everything they can to ensure that their babies will be as healthy as possible, which means following recommendations to minimize the possibility of birth defects.

Can monitoring blood pressure at home cut maternal mortality?

Huma Farid, MD

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Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition marked by hypertension that affects some women during late pregnancy or early weeks after birth. Rising rates of high blood pressure and maternal age increase risk for it. A recent study finds monitoring blood pressure at home may help.

Hyperemesis: (Way) beyond morning sickness

Huma Farid, MD

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During early months of pregnancy, many women experience nausea and vomiting (morning sickness). A small percentage struggle with persistent, severe nausea and vomiting, a condition called hyperemesis. Certain treatments –– or time –– sometimes help.

Vulvar health: Navigating the nether regions

Huma Farid, MD

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Many women feel uncomfortable talking about health issues or concerns relating to the vulva or vagina. This brief primer on vulvar health can help.

When a pelvic exam is traumatic

Huma Farid, MD

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Women who have experienced sexual violence or trauma are more likely to have anxiety about medical visits, particularly seeing a gynecologist and receiving a pelvic exam. Open communication in both directions is crucial for women to feel safe during these visits.

More water, fewer UTIs?

Huma Farid, MD

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Many women have urinary tract infections (UTIs), but researchers found that when women with recurring UTIs drank significantly more water each day, their frequency of infection was cut in half.