- I have a strong history of osteoporosis in my family. I would like to know what is the recommended age to begin getting bone scans?
November 9, 2017
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is often used to detect and diagnosis osteoporosis in patients. Bone mass peaks around age 30 and then declines – women tend to lose bone most rapidly during menopause. Age is ...
- I am a pregnant female under the age of 18. How can I get a safe abortion without my parents’ consent?
November 1, 2017
With stigma, situational factors or personal opinions surrounding a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions, it can be hard for young women to feel comfortable sharing this decision with their parents.
Currently, all 50 states allow women under the age of 18 to get an abortion, but with varying restrictions. States have their own ...
- What are my options for treating hot flashes?
October 26, 2017
Many women who reach the point of menopause experience hot flashes as a common side effect. While hot flashes are relatively normal and an anticipated side effect of the natural changes that occur during menopause, some women may have harsher symptoms than others. As a result some women seek various treatment methods to help alleviate ...
- How will Donald Trump’s new rules on birth control affect me?
October 18, 2017
On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration published two new rules, effective immediately, undermining the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance plans cover all 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control without copay or deductible. The new rules allow most employers to strip birth control coverage from their employees for religious reasons or for undefined “moral ...
- I have always heard that women have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Why is this? What can I do to reduce my risk?
October 5, 2017
There are many misconceptions about how gender impacts the risk of cardiovascular disease, commonly referred to as heart disease. Heart disease is not just one specific illness. It refers to a range of conditions that affect your heart. There are multiple types of heart disease. The most common type is coronary heart disease which is ...
- I recently went to the doctor and they told me I have BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). What is this and how do women get it?
September 27, 2017
What is BV?
Bacterial Vaginosis, typically referred to as BV, is a bacteria infection that occurs in the vagina. Women get BV when there is an imbalance in the natural PH levels of your vagina. It occurs when there is a high presence of gardnerella bacteria and less lactobacillus bacteria, causing PH levels to become less ...
- Is the copper IUD more or less effective than the hormonal IUD?
September 20, 2017
The term IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is one of many forms of contraception available to women for preventing pregnancy. An IUD is typically a small t-shaped device the size of a quarter that is inserted inside the uterus. The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and ...
- What are Ovarian Cysts?
September 14, 2017
What are ovarian cysts? I was recently told I had an ovarian cyst after I went to the hospital in pain. Can I prevent them?
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary. They are common and usually form during ovulation. Ovulation happens when the ovary releases an egg each month.
Ovarian cysts are common in women ...
- What are the facts about Zika virus?
September 7, 2017
How can I protect myself from the Zika virus and if you test positive for zika, when is it safe to become pregnant after the diagnosis?
The Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, but can also be spread through unprotected sex with someone who is infected with the ...
- What is causing my pain down there?
August 31, 2017
According to the most recent science, what are the causes of vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is pain of the vulva, which includes the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening, that does not have an identifiable cause. For many women, this pain may feel like burning, stinging, aching or throbbing in one specific area or throughout various areas of your ...
- Using Birth Control to Regulate or Skip Your Period
August 24, 2017
Is is safe for me to skip my periods using birth control?
Many women may want to skip their periods for a number of reasons, such as travel, a busy week, painful menstruation, etc. The good news is: Doctors say it’s just as healthy to skip your period each month as it is to have it.
- What is the HPV Vaccine?
August 17, 2017
Our family doctor has recommended that my teen get the HPV vaccine. What does the HPV vaccine protect you from, and when should my teen get the shot?
The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. It’s so prevalent that, according to the CDC, “nearly all ...
- 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 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 ...