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Talking About Herpes with Sex Partner
When should you tell a potential sex partner about herpes?
05/31/2016
What Age for Pneumonia Vaccine?
At what age should I have a pneumonia vaccination? Thank you!
04/14/2016
Excess Vaginal Bleeding
I am 37 years old and experiencing longer periods - two to three weeks long. I also have some bleeding after orgasm. What could be causing this? Do I need to see a doctor?
09/28/2015
Herpes Simplex 1 and Kissing
I have recently been diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus 1. Does that mean I will never be able to kiss?
09/25/2015
Incontinence After Hysterectomy?
I had a partial hysterectomy at 29. Now, at 43, I have bladder control problems with coughing or sneezing, and not making it to the restroom. This is not a small amount, even if I have recently gone. Is this related to the hysterectomy?
08/28/2015
Urinary Tract Infections
I’ve heard urinary tract infections (UTIs) are getting harder to treat. Why is this and who’s at risk of developing one?
08/28/2015
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?
04/22/2015
Clitoris Changes with Age
Does the clitoris disappear with age? After 70?
04/10/2015
Heart Disease Symptoms in Men and Women
Are symptoms of coronary artery disease the same in women and men?
02/12/2015
What is Precocious Puberty?
My six-year-old niece began to smell strongly of B.O. My sister-in-law mentioned this to their pediatrician who then diagnosed my niece with "precocious puberty." What are the causes and long term affects of this condition?
01/26/2015
Herpes and Shingles?
What is the relationship between herpes and shingles? I have been diagnosed with herpes, and am experiencing breakouts of pimples/blisters on my arms, legs and chest, made worse by stress and physical activity that makes me sweat. What can be done?
10/30/2014
Bleeding after Sex in Older Women
Is it normal for a 60-year-old woman to have bleeding after sex?
08/07/2014
Are Birth Control Pills Different?
My physician recently changed my brand of birth control pills. I read reviews that described bad side effects for the new brand. Do all birth control pills have the same ingredients? If so, why would some cause different side effects?
08/02/2014
Can Estrogen Withdrawl Cause Digestive Problems?
I’m a senior citizen in good health. I stopped taking estrogen two months ago. Within 10 days I started having soft, gray colored stools and gas. A recent colonoscopy test was normal. I don’t eat dairy products. Could stopping estrogen be the cause?
06/23/2014
Can Dehydration Trigger a Migraine?
I've been having visual migraines where I get jagged vision, usually in my left eye and progressing from the lower right edge to encompass my whole left visual field. Could this be the result of dehydration?
05/29/2014
Birth Control Options
I’m 38 and have been in a relationship for three years. I’ve been on the pill for 20 years and don’t want more kids. But I don’t like the melasma side effect of birth control pills. I’ve considered an IUD but know someone whose device migrated. Options?
05/06/2014
Tubal Ligation at Age 20
What are the risks of getting your tubes tied? Are your early 20s too soon to get this procedure done?
05/06/2014
Endometriosis and Pregnancy
I was diagnosed with endometriosis but had a subsequent healthy pregnancy. I was told that endometriosis “goes away” during pregnancy. Can I expect that it's gone, or might it return?
05/06/2014
Conception Possible During Menstruation?
I’ve heard that you can’t get pregnant during your period. Is this just an old wives tale? Should I be concerned about protection during this time?
05/06/2014
The pill and irregular periods
I've taken the birth control pill Loestrin for eight months. After starting on the pill, my period came once every two months. It’s been 14 weeks since my last period. I had unprotected sex, but took the morning-after pill. Should I be concerned?
03/18/2014
Hormonal cycles after hysterectomy?
I had a partial hysterectomy in 2005 but still have my ovaries. A year later I began to have cramps, gas, bloating every 28 days. Recently these symptoms began to appear every week. How much longer can this go on?
03/18/2014
Painful Intercourse Causes and Treatment
I’m a woman (60) who had not had sex for 10 years. I recently decided to start again, but intercourse was very painful. I have tried several times, but with the same results. What causes this pain and what can I do that will help?
03/10/2014
Urinary Incontinence During Sexual Arousal
I'm 67, in menopause and on bio-identical hormones. During orgasms I have involuntary bladder releases. I urinate before bed and it still happens. My doctor said its bladder spasms that can occur with age. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do?
03/04/2014
Low Sex Drive and Pain with Intercourse After Hysterectomy
I had a partial hysterectomy four months ago. My left ovary was damaged so it was removed, leaving only my right. Since the surgery I have had no sex drive. And when I do it’s painful. What can I do?
03/04/2014
PMS Symptoms After a Full Hysterectomy?
Why do I still have PMS every month even though I've had a full hysterectomy? I thought the days of irritability, depression, and bloating would be gone since it's been four years since the surgery. I've talked to three doctors but they can't explain it.
01/13/2014
Bleeding After a Hysterectomy
I had a hysterectomy in June. I still have my tubes and ovaries and a small bit of cervix. Why and how am I still having full periods every month? Where is this blood coming from?
10/24/2013
Endometriosis and Hormone Replacement Therapy
I was told that my endometriosis will go away once I pass menopause. What if I decide to take hormone therapy during menopause – will that continue to aggravate the endometrial lesions?
09/13/2013
Menopause Symptoms After a Hysterectomy?
I had surgery to have my uterus taken out because of a large fibroid. I don’t have periods anymore, and have not had any since my surgery in 2011. How will I know when I am actually in menopause? I turned 50 in May.
08/26/2013
What is the Recovery Time After a Hysterectomy?
What is the recovery time from a hysterectomy?
08/01/2013
Is Douching Necessary After Intercourse?
I'm 41 and have had my tubes tied/clamped. I'm in a committed relationship so we do not use condoms and are rather sexually active. Is there any need to douche? I never have, and have heard conflicting opinions from friends.
07/02/2013
Frequent Urinary Tract Infections After Menopause
Since I went through menopause, I am getting more UTI's. Is this normal? Why does it happen?
07/02/2013
High Risk HPV Detection on Pap Smear
If HPV-high risk is detected during my PAP smear result, should I get vaccinated? Or is it too late for any benefit of a vaccine? I have been monogamous for the last 10 years. Also, what’s the likelihood of getting cancer once HPV is detected?
04/24/2013
Cause of Bloating After Hysterectomy
I underwent a total hysterectomy in February of last year. Is it normal that my stomach still feels swollen? I’m using topical Evamist (two sprays each day) that my doctor recommended.
03/06/2013
Chronic Pelvic Pain From IUD?
I’m female (36) with a Mirena IUD. I have lower abdominal pains that feel like my uterus is being squeezed. It’s worse after my period or intense orgasms. My IUD was checked and it’s in the correct place.
11/13/2012
What Does a Pap Test Screen For?
What does a routine Pap smear show? Are there other routine tests should I ask for?
11/13/2012
Hormone Fluctuations Near Menopause
I'm 44 and am having a lot of highs and lows with energy, not sleeping well, but without hot flashes or loss of menses. My mother had a hysterectomy at 44, so her experience with menopause was cut short. Is this perimenopause or just hormone fluctuations?
11/06/2012
Do High FSH Levels Cause Joint Pain?
My FSH level is 77. Can menopause be a reason that my knee joints hurt? I don't have any sports injury. Will it resolve in time?
11/05/2012
Uterine Fibroids and Pelvic Pain
I have several small fibroids that sometimes cause me pain. How severe does it need to be to consider doing something about it?
10/01/2012
Fibroid Symptoms and Growth
An ultrasound showed that I have eight fibroids, one the size of an orange. I’ve had fibroids in the past and had a myomectomy. I’m 45, have no symptoms other than frequent urination and bloating. Will they continue to grow and will they multiply?
09/24/2012
Do Birth Control Pills Help Painful Periods?
My daughter (16) has very painful periods, to the point of lying on the floor and crying. A friend told me that birth control pills will help. Needless to say, I'm not thrilled at the prospect but I hate to see her go through so much pain each month.
08/24/2012
Over-the-Counter Progesterone Cream
Is it safe for me to use Pro-G-Yam progesterone cream for hot flashes? I have a family history of breast cancer. Is progesterone the same as estrogen?
06/15/2012
Nocturia: Frequent urination at night
What can I do about frequent urination during the night? I wake up at least once or twice to urinate. Are there things I can try myself?
06/04/2012
Menopause and Melasma (Skin Discoloration)
I’m 53 and in menopause. Since perimenopause my melasma has returned. I had it my 30's due to birth control pills. I’m using TriLuma and am fanatical about sunscreen. I'm Asian and dermatologists have told me laser or other procedures might worsen it.
05/24/2012
Estrogen Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Menopause
I’m 53 and take Mimvey for hot flashes and sleeplessness. I‘ve tried to stop but the symptoms return. Is there a "hump" to get over before they stop? How long is HRT recommended? Also, are my electrical and heart problems due to hormones? Can HRT help?
05/18/2012
Hysterectomy Recovery and Exercise
I just had a vaginal hysterectomy last week. When can I start exercising again and what type would be best?
04/25/2012
Progesterone Treatment for Migraines
Will taking progesterone help prevent a migraine?
04/25/2012
Preventing and Treating Recurring UTIs
How do I prevent, or treat, recurring urinary tract infections?
04/24/2012
Menopause and Constipation
I‘ve always been very regular, but now in menopause I’m constipated. I eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water. I’m normal weight and I exercise. I eat prunes and take Benefiber, but I still have small movements with lots of gas.
04/16/2012
Fertility Treatments and Increased Cancer Risks?
Is a woman undergoing fertility treatments at higher risk of getting cancer than a woman of the same age who has not taken these drugs?
03/21/2012
Unexplained Infertility: Causes and treatment of infertility
What are the proper steps to take when researching unexplained infertility?
03/21/2012
Difference Between Yeast and Bacterial Infections
What’s the difference between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?
03/21/2012
Menopause and Urinary Tract Infections
Does menopause cause increased urinary tract infections? It seems like I'm getting more of them now that I'm older.
02/24/2012
Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pessaries
I have prolapse that is made worse when I run. Running is something I need to be able to do, so what would you recommend? I've heard about pessaries- what are they?
02/24/2012
Pig Dermis Sling Rejection
Regarding stress incontinence and using the pig skin mesh sling option - is it possible for a patient to reject the sling?
02/24/2012
Birth Control Pills Interaction with Antibiotics
Is it okay to be taking the antibiotic minocycline (for acne) while taking birth control pills at the same time?
01/24/2012
Asthma and Menstrual Period
My asthma seems to get worse during my menstrual period? Is this possible?
01/23/2012
Menopause with Joint and Muscle Pain
How does menopause affect the joints and muscles in your body?
01/20/2012
Hysterectomy and Loss of Libido
Two years ago I was diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer. The doctors took everything including some lymph nodes. I’ve always had a healthy sexual appetite but since my surgery I feel numb - like a robot with no feelings. Is there anything I can do?
12/28/2011
Mesh Slings for Treatment of Female Stress Incontinence
I'm going to get an organic bladder sling made of pigs skin. Are there any more risks to getting that kind instead of the mesh kind?
11/29/2011
Shrinking ovaries
I had a partial hysterectomy 18 years ago(my ovaries were not removed). Lately I've been having pain and cramping, so recently had x-rays and an ultrasound. The doctor could not find my ovaries. Can ovaries just disappear on their own?
11/16/2011
Best treatment for menopausal depression
What is the more appropriate way to treat menopausal depression, hormone replacement or SSRIs?
11/10/2011
Loss of Sexual Attraction to Partner
I have recently lost all desire to be intimate with my partner. I sometimes feel it to be repulsive. I do find him attractive, but the thought of sex or even just kissing him makes me freak out.
10/25/2011
Sling procedure for pelvic prolapse
I've heard that the sling procedure is especially helpful for pelvic prolapse. How do I know if I am a good candidate for it?
01/08/2011
Chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation
How likely is it for a woman to get pregnant after having her tubes tied?
12/01/2009
Kegel exercises for Urinary Incontinence
I've had incontinence since giving birth. The doctor keeps telling me to do my kegels, but it's not working. Are kegels supposed to fix all incontinence problems due to childbirth, or could something else be going on?
03/26/2009
Surgery for urinary incontinence?
How can a woman know when it's time to consider surgery for urinary incontinence?
02/27/2009
Removal of One Ovary
I had a da Vinci hysterectomy last month. They removed my uterus, cervix, right ovary and fallopian tubes. They did not remove the left ovary. What kind of symptoms should I experience?
02/19/2009
Best fibroid treatment options
How do I decide on a treatment plan for my uterine fibroids?
01/21/2009
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