• Age, Weight, and My Sex Drive
    2017-01-04
    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 “Scary Bone Drugs” Necessary
    Are “Scary Bone Drugs” Necessary
    Once one is categorized as a high risk for fracture are those scary bone drugs absolutely necessary? I’m small boned so maybe the DEXA scan didn’t consider that. Is it too late to do a rigorous supplement, diet and strength training? I know every case is different but I’m overwhelmed and need an advisor.   The National ...
  • Are Connective Tissue Disease and Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked?
    Removing implants & CTD
    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?
    Hysterectomies (1)
    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, ...
  • Curious About Fosteum
    Is Fosteum safe and a good alternative for treating osteoporosis-
    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
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    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
    2016-11-29
    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
    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 ...
  • How to Combat Night Sweats
    Night sweats 2
    I have lived for 79 yrs. I went through menopause when I was fifty. My room is cool at night, window opened in winter, a/c in summer. 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 ...
  • I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!
    Anastrozole
    My oncologist prescribed Anastrozole and I’ve been taking it since July 2016. My arthritis has flared up since. What side effects are associated with 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. Unfortunately, ...
  • Is A Pelvic Exam Possible
    Is a pelvic exam necessary after having a hysterectomy- (1) (2)
    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
    Ovarian Cancer
    Question: I had a hysterectomy in 2012 because of an abnormal menstrual cycle. I was told by one doctor that I would only need a pelvic exam every three to five years. I was told by another doctor that I still needed my yearly pelvic exams. I do my yearly mammograms. My question is which ...
  • Is Coconut Oil Safe to Use as a Personal Lubricant
    coconut oil (2)
    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
    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
    Lupron & fibroids (2)
    I am 48 years old with 5 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 Skipping Your Period Safe
    Menstrual Suppression (1)
    My daughter has really bad menstrual cycles and her doctor has recommended she take birth control pills to stop her period. Is that safe?   Although having a menstrual cycle can be a natural and normal part of womanhood, the NWHN supports women who are interested in menstrual suppression, the act of decreasing the frequency of your ...
  • Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Safe
    SYA-Uterine Fibroid Embolization (2)
    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 ...
  • Ms. Statins
    Are statin medications safe to take-
    Are statin medications safe to take?   Statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs are very popular. Statin medications work to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. By lowering cholesterol levels, they help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD). Statin medications include atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev), pravastatin (Provachol), pitavastatin (Livalo), and simvastatin (Zocor). In ...
  • My Doctor Won’t Remove MY IUD
    IUD removed
    I’m experiencing some negative side effects from my IUD, but my doctor doesn’t want to remove it. What should I do?   An intrauterine device (IUD) is a great birth control option for some women. IUDs are inserted by a provider and can provide up 10 years of contraceptive protection! They are very effective and safe to ...
  • NWHN’s Thoughts on Tamoxifen
    Tamoxifen
    What is the NWHN’s position on estrogen blockers when results of a lumpectomy show pre-cancerous micro cells in a duct? The National Women’s Health Network does not have a position on the use of estrogen blockers. However, we can offer our thoughts on the use of anti-estrogen drugs for noninvasive conditions. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) ...