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Detox The Vagina?
I’ve seen a lot of advice online suggesting that women should detox their vaginas. This sounds weird to me, but some of my friends are convinced it is a healthy practice. Is it?Read more
Female Sex Drive Drug?
The FDA has turned down a “female Viagra” to boost women’s sex drive. I’m concerned about two things: (1) whether low sex drive in women is a significant problem; and (2) if so, why wasn’t the drug approved?Read more
Fibroid Treatment For Better Sex?
I have uterine fibroids that cause me some pain and also make sex so uncomfortable that I tend to avoid it. I’ve heard there is a procedure that can relieve these symptoms without surgery. Is it safe and effective?Read more
Hot Flash Hell?
Is it true that hot flashes can go on for 14 years? I’ve had them for more than five years and am running out of patience since I haven?t found a remedy that helps. I don’t want to take hormone replacement therapy.Read more
I’ve just learned of the dangers of morcellation, which was used in my hysterectomy three years ago. I understand that this procedure may have spread any undiagnosed cancer. I’m worried sick. Why is this risk allowed?Read more
Menopause And Metabolic Syndrome?
I heard that menopause can put women at risk of metabolic syndrome. I don’t understand the connection. What is it about menopause that could increase the risk, and what can I do to avoid it?Read more
New Treatment for Hair Loss In Women?
Can you tell me whether platelet-rich plasma really helps restore lost hair in women? It sounds almost too good to be true, so I’m wondering how effective it really is.Read more
No More Pap Tests?
I understand the Pap test is going to be replaced for cervical cancer screening by a test for the virus that causes the disease. How does the new test differ from the Pap?Read more
No More Pelvic Exams?
I’ve been having pelvic exams annually for 30 years. Now I’ve heard that they’re no longer considered medically necessary. I don’t get it. Can you explain the reasoning behind this change?Read more
Treating Yeast Infections
Yeast infections occur when the fungus Candida albicans grows anywhere on the body from the mucus membranes of the oral cavity, under the nails, on the scalp, in the pelvic area or any other areas of the skin, especially where it can be moist. Learn about the causes and natural treatments.Read more
What Is Vaginal Seeding?
Why Do Women Gain Weight After Menopause?
Can you tell me why so many women gain weight after menopause? Does this have to do with hormones, age or both? It is also much harder to lose weight than it was earlier in life. I would love to know why.Read more
Why More Mastectomies?
I understand that more women with newly diagnosed breast cancer are choosing mastectomies, even double mastectomies, over lumpectomy. I’ve also heard that mastectomy is now an outpatient procedure, which seems outrageous. Can you tell me why this is happening?Read more
I heard about (but didn't read) an article in The New York Times on an epilepsy drug that relieves hot flashes. What can you tell me about it?
I saw a product online called Alexia which claims to naturally reduce the size of a woman's breasts. Could there be any validity to such a claim?
Is there an alternative to Premarin vaginal cream? It has helped eliminate frequent bladder irritation/infection after sex, but I would prefer to use something else.
What do you think of the FDA’s move against bioidentical hormones for treatment of menopausal symptoms? I understand that the manufacturer of Premarin petitioned for this action. Is it an attempt to eliminate competition since so many women have given up on Premarin and other hormone replacement drugs?
I was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Are there any alternative, natural treatments?
I've heard that using vaginal lubricants can cause diseases. I don't understand why this warning wouldn't be on the packages. Can you tell me how dangerous it is to use these products?
I've heard that taking aspirin daily reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. Is this true? If so, can you tell me how aspirin would work to affect the risk of this disease?
I have recently been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Could I have prevented it? Are there any natural products that can treat this instead of taking antibiotics?
I was so disappointed to hear that black cohosh doesn’t work against hot flashes after all. Wasn’t it supposed to be the most effective herbal remedy for these menopausal symptoms?
Is it true that after menopause lead from thinning bones causes high blood pressure in women? If so, what can you do about it?