• Age, Weight, and My Sex Drive
    I am 60 years old, obese and my cholesterol levels are high. I have no interest in sex, which is a concern for me. Could obesity and high cholesterol be affecting my sex drive?   A healthy sex life is crucial to many women and their partners. This can become more complicated with age and weight. While ...
  • Are Connective Tissue Disease and Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked
    I developed Connective Tissue Disease from a silicone breast implant rupture and have had it for several years. If I have my implants removed, will the disease get better? Some women have experienced adverse effects from ruptured silicone breast implants and subsequently had them removed. The FDA has approved two different silicone implants, but only ...
  • At What Age Can I Get A Hysterectomy
    At what age do doctors allow women in the USA to have a hysterectomy?   For women of reproductive age, hysterectomies are the second most often performed procedure in the U.S. There are several reasons why a woman might choose to have a hysterectomy. It can be because of uterine fibroids, heavy and persistent vaginal bleeding, cancer, ...
  • Can Continuous Birth Control Usage Manage Excessive Bleeding
    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 ...
  • Curious About Fosteum
    Is Fosteum safe and a good alternative for treating osteoporosis?   Genistein supplements, or Fosteum, are a medical food that may be prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Fosteum contains genistein (a natural plant estrogen from soybeans), vitamin D, and zinc. This plant estrogen may help enhance bone health and reduce fracture risk. Fosteum contains a highly concentrated dose ...
  • Depo-Provera and Bone Mineral Density
    Does the Depo shot cause massive bone density loss in teeth?   Depo-Provera is a progesterone-based contraceptive shot injected into the arm, upper thigh or abdomen. It is 97-99.7% effective in preventing pregnancy. Each shot lasts for about 13 weeks. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology reported that Depo shot users are more likely to experience ...
  • Do Bone Drugs Lose Their Effectiveness
    I have been treated with Aclasta for the last four years. My doctor wants to switch me to Prolia. He told me research has shown that using the same drug reduces its effectiveness. Is it true that Aclasta may lose effectiveness over extended use?   Drugs for osteoporosis are heavily marketed and tend to have long-term effects. ...
  • Do Female Condoms Really Work
    I have never tried a female condom- and I’m not exactly sure how they work. Should I use both a female and male condom at the same time for double protection?   The female condom (or internal condom) is a great option for women trying to protect themselves against STI/HIV and pregnancy. We are excited to hear ...
  • Fibroids Treatment Options for Someone with a Family History of Cancer
    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. ...
  • How to Combat Night Sweats
    I have lived for 79 yrs. I went through menopause when I was fifty. I welcome any suggestions you may have to reduce or eliminate the night sweats. I am unable to take estrogen as it reacts with other meds I have to take.   Night sweats are an unfortunate reality for some postmenopausal women. Luckily, there ...
  • I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!
    My oncologist prescribed Anastrozole and I’ve been taking it since July 2016. My arthritis has flared up since. What are the side effects associated with using this drug?    Anastrozole has become popular for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. It’s been found to be more effective than the former leading drug for breast cancer treatment, tamoxifen. ...
  • Is A Pelvic Exam Possible
    I had a hysterectomy in 1980 due to fibroids and endometriosis. I was 41 at the time and my ovaries were removed also. Then in 1997, I had breast cancer (DCIS) and had a lumpectomy. In 2004, I had a second breast cancer and opted to have a double mastectomy. Now no doctor wants to ...
  • Is a Pelvic Examination Necessary After a Hysterectomy
    I had a hysterectomy in 2012 because of an abnormal menstrual cycle. One doctor that I would only need a pelvic exam every three to five years. Another doctor that I still needed my yearly pelvic exams. I do my yearly mammograms. My question is which is correct, and is there less of a chance ...
  • Is Coconut Oil Safe to Use as a Personal Lubricant
    Is coconut oil an acceptable lubricant? I am 78 and experiencing regular dryness.   Coconut oil is an oil extracted from mature coconuts. It is used for a variety of reasons, some of which may seem unconventional, but primarily used for cooking and beauty purposes. A simple internet search will reveal that in addition to these more ...
  • Is Getting a Hysterectomy My Only Option for Treating Fibroids
    I was recently told I have a fibroid 16cm large. Is it possible for me to have the fibroid removed without having a full hysterectomy? Alternatively, if I do have a hysterectomy, how would this affect my sexual life?   Fibroids, or muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, are extremely common. According to the U.S. ...
  • Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids
    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 ...
  • Is Medication Abortion a Safe Option to End an Unintended Pregnancy
    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 ...
  • Is Prolia a Safe Treatment Option for Osteoporosis
    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 ...
  • Is Skipping Your Period Safe
    My daughter has bad menstrual cycles. Her doctor has recommended she take birth control pills to stop her period, is that safe?   The National Women’s Health Network supports women who are interested in decreasing the frequency of their periods (menstrual cycle) or even stopping their periods entirely. This practice is called “menstrual suppression.” There are currently are several ...
  • Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Safe
    Do you have any recent studies or information on Uterine Fibroid Embolization? I’m considering this procedure and everything I read says it is safe – I’m hoping that is what you’ve heard too!   Uterine fibroids are a very common women’s health topic that is typically not a cause for worry. Uterine fibroids are benign lumps of ...