• 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 ...
  • Are Connective Tissue Disease and Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked
    December 19, 2016
    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 ...
  • I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!
    December 12, 2016
    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. ...
  • Do Bone Drugs Lose Their Effectiveness
    November 30, 2016
    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. ...
  • My Doctor Won’t Remove MY IUD
    November 17, 2016
    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 ...
  • What Herbal Therapies are Safe and Beneficial for Menopausal Symptoms
    November 10, 2016
    I recently visited my gynecologist to discuss my menopause symptoms. My doctor told me there were herbal therapies that could help my symptoms. My question is what herbal therapies are safe and beneficial for menopausal symptoms?   Many women are concerned about the proven risks from menopause hormone therapy and want to learn more about alternative approaches ...
  • What Will My New Health Insurance Cost Me
    November 3, 2016
    This is my first time getting insurance under the marketplace; are plans really affordable? What should I expect?   What makes insurance under the marketplace affordable is the fact that you pay based on your expected household income. Statistics show that you are likely to save money and receive discounted insurance. Eight out of ten people who ...
  • Is a Pelvic Examination Necessary After a Hysterectomy
    October 27, 2016
    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 Skipping Your Period Safe
    October 20, 2016
    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 ...
  • At What Age Can I Get A Hysterectomy
    October 13, 2016
    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, ...
  • Why Aren’t Breast Implant Manufacturers Properly Warning Women
    October 6, 2016
    Why are breast implant manufacturers not using their device registry to send updated health & safety information to warn women of Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)?   Currently, the NWHN is trying to improve the standards of how devices and procedures get approved. While stressing that women should be informed of the risks of procedures ...
  • What Options do I Have to Shrink My Fibroids
    September 30, 2016
    What treatment options are available to shrink my fibroids?   Muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, called “fibroids,” are extremely common; about 30 percent of women experience fibroids by age 35, and about 70-80 of women have fibroids by age 50. But, only about one-third of these women have symptoms severe enough that fibroids need ...
  • Do Female Condoms Really Work
    September 22, 2016
    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 ...
  • NWHN’s Thoughts on Tamoxifen
    September 15, 2016
    What is 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) is ...
  • Will Antibiotics Decrease the Effectiveness of My Birth Control Pill
    September 1, 2016
    I am currently on the pill and had sex two days before taking antibiotics. Will antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives? Should I use condoms just to be safe?   A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that the following antibiotics do not affect the use of hormonal contraceptives: ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, ...
  • Tell Me More About Lichen Sclerosus
    August 25, 2016
    My doc diagnosed lichen sclerosis from symptoms. I did not have a biopsy, and did not want one. She has me on steroid cream. What should I know about this condition and its treatment?   Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that forms thin white patches of skin in varying areas of the body. While lichen sclerosus ...
  • How to Combat Night Sweats
    August 18, 2016
    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 ...