• Warning Signs of Endometriosis
    August 11, 2017
    My daughter has been complaining of painful periods. What are some red flags that this is not typical menstrual pain but something more serious like endometriosis? Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, are the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. More than half of all women who menstruate say they experience some pain each month during their ...
  • Getting Pregnant After 35
    August 4, 2017
    I’ve heard that it’s more dangerous for women to give birth after age 35 but I’ve also heard that that the dangers might have been exaggerated. What’s the truth? I’m 38. Are there things I should be worried about? If you’re over 35 and looking to get pregnant, you’re not alone. It’s becoming more and more ...
  • Migraines During Your Period
    July 27, 2017
    Why do I always get migraines when I’m on my period? Is there anything I can take to prevent these headaches?   Migraines are a fairly common experience when you’re on your period. A migraine is a severe form of headache that can cause pulsating, throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, which can last ...
  • Birth Control After Childbirth
    July 20, 2017
    After I give birth, how soon do I need to resume my birth control to prevent getting pregnant again?   It’s possible to become pregnant very soon after having a baby, so it’s Important for new moms to think ahead about their postpartum birth control plan. It’s still possible to become pregnant even if you’re breastfeeding ...
  • Generic vs. Brand Name Prescription Drugs
    July 13, 2017
    I can’t always afford brand-name prescription drugs that my doctor recommends. Is it okay to use generic drugs instead? If you have trouble affording brand-name prescriptions, you’re not alone. According to the FDA, today, nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. And the good news is, generic drugs are ...
  • Hysterectomy and Auxiliaries
    July 6, 2017
    My mother is scheduled for a total vaginal hysterectomy for severe uterine prolapse. The doctor automatically added ‘auxiliaries’, meaning he wants to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes, as well. Is it necessary to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes during a hysterectomy?   A hysterectomy is a surgery used to remove a woman’s uterus. Your mother’s doctor ...
  • Menopause and Hair Loss
    June 29, 2017
    Is hair loss normal during menopause?
    Is it normal to lose a lot of head hair during menopause? Menopause is a natural process that all women will experience during their lives. Due to fluctuating hormone levels, the body goes through many physical changes during menopause. Like hot flashes, hair loss is a common symptom that occurs during menopause. Most women who notice menopausal ...
  • Safe Mammogram Alternatives for Breast Cancer Screening?
    June 23, 2017
    Are thermography and ultrasounds safe and beneficial alternatives for mammograms? How accurate are they and what information do they provide? Despite claims that thermography and ultrasounds are acceptable alternatives to mammograms, neither has been proven to be as good as mammography for routine breast cancer screenings. According to the American Cancer society, mammograms are still the ...
  • What is the shingles vaccine and how effective is it? Should everyone get vaccinated at age 60?
    June 15, 2017
    Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. As you age, your likelihood of developing shingles increases and the pain caused by the virus is likely to be more severe. The shingles vaccine can help reduce your risk of shingles and the associated long-term pain ...
  • What Are the Side-Effects of Taking Lupron Depot-PED?
    June 8, 2017
    My 8-year old daughter, per the recommendation of her doctor, was advised to take Lupron Depot-PED. What are the side-effects of taking this drug? Lupron Depot-PED is often prescribed for the treatment of children with central precocious puberty, or CPP for short. CPP is a condition where signs of puberty begin to develop at an earlier ...
  • Are my breast implants causing my health problems?
    June 2, 2017
    I have had my breast implants for some years now. But for the last 3 years, I have had high antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) and abnormal blood. I’m 52 now and I am worried about the causes of these symptoms include joint pain, struggling to move, itching, bruising and lots more. Could my implants be causing this?   The ...
  • Is Ipriflavone Effective in Treating Osteoporosis
    May 26, 2017
    I took Ipriflavone for about a year and a half in 2002, but stopped when an alternative provider recommended other treatments. Now I am 72, and a recent DEXA scan showed a much lower T-score. Is there any benefit to this drug? What has research shown? Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone ...
  • What Options Are Available to Manage Hot Flashes
    May 11, 2017
    Do bioidentical hormones relieve night sweats & hot flashes? Are they safe for consumption? I really need your help!   There are various methods for managing menopausal symptoms. It’s important for women to have comprehensive information about the treatment options available so they can decide which one is best for them. Bioidentical hormones, often marketed as “natural ...
  • What’s the Most Effective Way to Screen for Breast Cancer
    May 3, 2017
    My wife and I are preparing for our yearly mammogram; however, we have questions on which type of mammogram to get. Should I just do a regular digital mammogram or is there a more comprehensive or specialized sonogram mammogram?   The two main types of mammography are film-screen mammography and digital mammography. Both involve a technologist ...
  • Is Medication Abortion a Safe Option to End an Unintended Pregnancy
    April 20, 2017
    We’ve been surrounded by news stories about women being penalized for wanting to end their pregnancy by taking pills. Can you tell me more about medication abortion? Is it a safe option for ending an unwanted pregnancy?   Women decide to have an abortion for a variety of reasons. It is important for all women seeking abortion ...
  • Fibroids Treatment Options for Someone with a Family History of Cancer
    April 5, 2017
    I am a 53-year-old African American woman with severe menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. Over the last 19 years, I have had two myomectomies and two UFEs. I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy because the fibroids keep returning. Several people have suggested that I have an oophorectomy due to my family history of cancer. ...
  • Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids
    March 23, 2017
    I am 48 years old with five fibroids and an enlarged uterus. I’m looking for surgery options with very little recovery time. My doctor suggested I take a 3-month shot of Lupron and then have a partial hysterectomy. I’ve heard horrible things about Lupron. Can you suggest alternative treatment options?   Lupron is the most frequently prescribed ...
  • Can Continuous Birth Control Usage Manage Excessive Bleeding
    March 14, 2017
    I’m a 55-year-old woman that still has her period. I also have a history of fibroids. Currently, my period lasts 2-3 weeks in length and I struggle with low ferritin levels. I need to stop my period to successfully build my iron storage. For someone my age, would the birth control pill Lybrel be a ...
  • What Are the Available Treatment Options for Older Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    March 7, 2017
    I’d like to know what the NWHN thinks about the devices and surgeries available for women (mostly older women) who have pelvic organ prolapse. The organs in question would be uterus and/or bladder, the devices are pessaries of various shapes and sizes, the surgeries involve providing some sort of mesh sling or the removal of ...
  • Is Prolia a Safe Treatment Option for Osteoporosis
    February 28, 2017
    My doctor wants to put me on Prolia, but the list of possible reactions are frightening. Do you have any suggestions on osteoporosis prevention without medication? If medication is required, are there any safe options? I exercise daily and take calcium and vitamin D supplements.   Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to lose tissue ...