• 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 ...
  • Reconsidering Reclast
    August 11, 2016
    Once a year I receive an infusion of Reclast. How safe is this and how does it compare to taking the pill?   Reclast is one of eight FDA approved bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are a type of drug commonly used for osteoporosis treatment and prevention. While pills may be taken daily, weekly or monthly, Reclast requires an annual ...
  • What to do About My Irregular Periods
    August 4, 2016
    On average how long, will I have irregular periods? I have one, then none for several months, then regular for a few months, then the cycle repeats.   Irregular periods can be quite normal, depending on what stage of life you are in. If you just started menstruating, your body’s hormones can fluctuate and may take some ...
  • Is A Pelvic Exam Possible
    July 28, 2016
    I had a hysterectomy in 1980 due to fibroids and endometriosis. I was 41 at the time and my ovaries were removed also. Then in 1997, I had breast cancer (DCIS) and had a lumpectomy. In 2004, I had a second breast cancer and opted to have a double mastectomy. Now no doctor wants to ...
  • Curious About Fosteum
    July 22, 2016
    Is Fosteum safe and a good alternative for treating osteoporosis? Fosteum is a medical food that may be prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Fosteum contains genistein (a natural plant estrogen from soybeans), vitamin D, and zinc. This plant estrogen may help enhance bone health and reduce fracture risk. Fosteum contains a highly concentrated dose of genistein, much ...
  • To Prevent Fractures are “Scary Bone Drugs” Necessary
    July 13, 2016
    Once one is categorized as a high risk for fracture are those scary bone drugs absolutely necessary? I’m small boned so maybe the DEXA scan didn’t consider that. Is it too late to do a rigorous supplement, diet and strength training? I know every case is different but I’m overwhelmed and need an advisor.   The National ...
  • Weighing Your Mammography Options
    July 7, 2016
    I would like to know which mammogram 2D or 3D is recommended. While I’m only 46 years old I decided to get yearly mammograms beginning last year as there is a high rate of all sorts of cancers in my family.   In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among ...
  • Is Getting a Hysterectomy My Only Option for Treating Fibroids
    July 7, 2016
    I was recently told I have a fibroid 16cm large. Is it possible for me to have the fibroid removed without having a full hysterectomy? Alternatively, if I do have a hysterectomy, how would this affect my sexual life?   Fibroids, or muscular tumors that grow in the uterine wall, are extremely common. According to the U.S. ...
  • Weighing Your Contraceptive Options
    June 22, 2016
    The National Women’s Health Network believes that everyone should have access to safe and effective contraception. If you have been experiencing severe pain, please report this to your doctor immediately. While we we don’t know if your pain is directly linked to Depo Provera, Depo Provera is commonly associated with a loss of bone mineral ...