• 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 ...
  • Is Coconut Oil Safe to Use as a Personal Lubricant
    February 21, 2017
    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 ...
  • Depo-Provera and Bone Mineral Density
    February 14, 2017
    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 ...
  • Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Safe
    February 7, 2017
    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 ...
  • Prolapsed Bladder and Treatment Options After a Hysterectomy
    January 31, 2017
    I had a complete hysterectomy 14 years ago and now my bladder is “fallen” and I want to know what my options are. Someone told me the only thing I could do is bladder suspension – is this true?   A fallen bladder, also known as cystocele or prolapsed bladder, is common after hysterectomies. It involves the ...
  • Should My Insurance Provider Cover My Emergency Contraception
    January 23, 2017
    I went to the pharmacy last week seeking Plan B, but I was told I would have to pay for it. I thought my insurance covered emergency contraception, how can I fight this?    Plan B is one of nearly two-dozen brands of emergency contraceptives in the United States. Emergency contraception is used to prevent an unplanned ...
  • Will Testosterone Therapy Improve My Sex Life
    January 11, 2017
    I’m experiencing low sexual desire and I’m looking into testosterone/androgen therapy. Is there a safe daily dose of Estrogen and Androgen a woman would benefit from with minimal side effects? Could small amounts of androgen/testosterone be ingested safely if taken unaccompanied by estrogen replacement at the same time to restore human sexual response?   Part of testosterone’s ...
  • Age, Weight, and My Sex Drive
    January 5, 2017
    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 ...