• Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids
    March 23, 2017
    Is Lupron a Safe Treatment Option for Fibroids
    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
    Can Continuous Birth Control Usage Manage Excessive Bleeding
    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
    What Are the Available Treatment Options for Older Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    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
    Is Prolia a Safe Treatment Option for Osteoporosis
    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 Safe to Use as a Personal Lubricant
    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
    Depo-Provera and Bone Mineral Density
    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
    Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Safe
    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
    Prolapsed Bladder and Treatment Options After a Hysterectomy
    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
    Should My Insurance Provider Cover My Emergency Contraception
    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
    Will Testosterone Therapy Improve My Sex Life
    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
    Age, Weight, and My Sex Drive
    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
    Are Connective Tissue Disease and Ruptured Silicone Breast Implants Linked
    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
    I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!
    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
    Do Bone Drugs Lose Their Effectiveness
    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
    My Doctor Won't Remove MY IUD
    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
    What Herbal Therapies are Safe and Beneficial for Menopausal Symptoms
    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
    What Will My New Health Insurance Cost Me
    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
    Is a Pelvic Examination Necessary After a Hysterectomy
    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
    Is Skipping Your Period Safe
    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 Can I Get A Hysterectomy
    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, ...