Answered questions from the past 2 years:
How can I improve my brittle nails?
I get a lot of moisture in the pubic/vaginal area. I’m not sure if it is sweat or vaginal discharge. What could cause this?
I read that oral-to-vaginal contact may cause a change in normal vaginal discharge. Is this a yeast infection? Can it be treated with Monostat?
What is an effective laparoscopic surgery for obesity?
What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?
I feel little pains in my stomach two weeks before my period. Is this normal?
I have migraines. Recently I my headaches are more frequent and last longer than before. What may cause the change? What can I do to prevent them?
I have a lot of painful cramping with my periods. But I also get low back pain. Is this related? What do you suggest?
I have a history of breast cancer. I've had chemotherapy, but no radiation. Is it safe to get Reclast injections?
I just found a funny-looking mole on my breast. I'm African American, and don't spend much time in the sun. Could it be cancer?
Lately I've been having a great deal of pain in my breasts. It's not time for my period and I know I'm not pregnant. Those are the only times I have ever had pain like this before. I went for my well-woman checkup about 8 months ago and got a mammogram an
I am a 75-year-old woman in good health. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 68. I have been taking Fosamax for the past 7 years. I read that there are risks in taking these types of drugs for more than 5 years. What should I do?
I was just diagnosed with vulvodynia. What is this condition? Is it treatable?
I recently had a CT scan that found a fibroid in my uterus. What is a fibroid? Can it be a problem?
How can I prevent vaginal odor and light discharge?
What risks are associated with use of an IUD for birth control?
I am a 58-year-old woman with osteoporosis. I take calcium supplements with vitamin D (I am scared to take bisphosphonates and the other osteoporosis drugs.) Should I stop calcium supplements and vitamin D in light of the new heart and stroke warnings?
My 15-year-old daughter is very athletic but has a size 38 DD bust and is only 5 feet tall. We are considering breast reduction surgery while she is in high school (because she is so athletic).
I recently had a miscarriage. How soon before I am able to have intercourse again? Also, should I use birth control for a month before my husband and I try to have a baby again?
How do you know which type of birth control is best for you?
Are there any medications a pregnant woman can take to control a cough?
What is considered the first day of a woman’s menstrual cycle? Is it the day some spotting has shown up, or the day of a regular flow?
How do you count when a woman is ovulating? How do you count the days after your cycle?
I know that eating disorders are common among young women, but my 50-year-old friend has recently become bulimic. How common are eating disorders in older women?
Could there be a connection between my trouble concentrating lately and the fact that I'm in perimenopause?
Can being overweight affect how my birth control pills work?
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
I get severe hand and foot cramps, especially around the time of my menstruation. Is there anyway of preventing or alleviating the cramping? I am active and in good health.
I drink at least two jiggers (three ounces) of gin most days, and lately, I’ve been drinking three. Is that too much for a 65 year old woman? I understand that women are more easily affected by alcohol than men.
My doctor just told me I have thin bones. She calls it “osteopenia.” Does this mean I will definitely develop osteoporosis?
I am anemic and the doctor wants me to take 325 mg of iron sulfate a day. Is that dangerous? The recommended daily dose is only 18 mg a day.
I have frequent urination, pain during urination, pressure and bloating. The symptoms are there most of the time. My urine tests came back negative for bladder infection. What else could cause these symptoms?
I am 54 years old. I went through menopause at age 51. Recently I have noticed some vaginal spotting. What would cause this now?
I am a young woman with frequent urinary tract infections. The good news is that they have always been just bladder infections. My kidneys are never involved. Any suggestions regarding prevention and/or treatment?
Can a woman be at greater risk for developing uterine cancer after fibroid treatment?
I am a 45-year-old female. I have missed my last three periods. I am not pregnant. I also noticed discharge from both breasts. What could be the cause? Could this be from a medication?
I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). My main symptoms are bloating, gas and diarrhea. What dietary advice can you offer?
My doctor says I have venous insufficiency. What does that mean?
I’ve been taking temazepam nightly for three months. My doctor is afraid I’ll become dependent. Do you have any suggestions?
If a woman has a bladder infection, should her partner be evaluated as well?
Is it safe to take cod liver oil during pregnancy?
I am 55 years old and had a hysterectomy at age 40. I have taken Estrace (1 tablet every other day) for the past 15 years.
Do women often have mood changes due to perimenopause? Can you offer any information about how long the period of menopause can last, between night sweats to light-to-no period?
Would a cervical polyp that’s an inch by a half inch in size cause you to feel fatigued?
My doctor found that my blood levels of vitamin D were low. She gave me a prescription for 50,000 international units of vitamin D to be taken every two weeks.
Can a woman who is 42-years-old get pregnant during her period?
I have been suffering from a skin rash for about 10 years. A large patch of my skin constantly itches, and the skin is thick and feels like leather. I have gone through almost every ointment on the market, and none works.
I can’t decide whether I should get a flu shot. I am two months pregnant. What are your thoughts?
I felt sharp pains on my right side and below my rib cage. I thought it was menstrual cramps, but I still haven’t gotten my period. What might be causing these pains?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of combination birth control pills?