Questions and Answers on Women's Health

Women and men have many of the same health issues, but they can affect women differently (e.g. women may have different symptoms of heart disease).  Women sometimes neglect their own health and focus instead on their partner's and their children's, which can lead to a worsening of a current condition or the development of additional conditions.

There are certain diseases or conditions are more common in women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity and depression.  Some conditions, such as menopause and pregnancy, are unique to women.  Healthy lifestyle choices and regular check-ups can go a long way toward reducing women's health risks.

04/16/2010 - Questions and Answers
Menopause or Thyroid?

Menopause or Thyroid? - What is causing my Weight Gain?

Question Thyroid problems run in my family, so I get tested from time to time. Now I find I'm gaining weight, along with signs of the menopause. Which test should I have to see if my thyroid is to blame? I'm 50, and pretty healthy. Read more

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01/19/2010 - Questions and Answers

I found a lump in my breast

Question Hi, I wanted to seek your advice, a month ago I found a lump in my breast, I was doing an self exam when I saw that my breast had changed in size and also there was a dimple wich wasn't there before so I felt it and found this lump wich is pretty big in my opinion and it has irregular shape more like a finger rather then a pea and I went to my doctor who also found it and he sent me to have a mammography to another doctor and he saw nothing also he did ultrasound and told me that everything looked normal? When I asked what the lump was he couldn't answear me and just told me it was not cancer? I wanted to ask you should I ask for more testing to be done because of the lump or should I just wait? I am a little bit affraid I might admit. Read more

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10/28/2009 - Questions and Answers

Osteopenia Treatment: What is the best treatment for osteopenia?

Osteoporosis is a loss of bony tissue, resulting in bones that are brittle and liable to break easily (fractures). Read more

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07/31/2009 - Questions and Answers

Testosterone for Low Libido in Women?

Question I am a 60-year-old woman, and suffer from a very low libido. My gynecologist found my testosterone level was almost non-existent, and suggested a 1-month course of testosterone. She only wanted me to take a short course as it can sometimes damage the liver. My family doctor told me to try an herb - Horny Goat Weed. Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

Hot flashes - Treatments other than Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Question After all the recent news, I've tried stopping HRT, but it's difficult. My hot flashes have come back with a vengeance, and my life is absolutely miserable. What can I do? My friends say flavonoids work, but I'm not sure if they are any safer than HRT. Can you advise me? Read more

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11/03/2003 - Questions and Answers

Prolapse causing incontinence?

I have a uterine prolapse following the delivery of a large baby and I seem to leak urine, not constantly, but some days more than others. If I want to walk or play sport I need to wear a pad and/or a tampon. I am 44. What's the solution, or is it a problem I have to live with? Read more

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09/15/2003 - Questions and Answers

Fibrocystic Breast Syndrome

Every other month I get a cystic-type lump on my right breast, about the size of an olive. It causes me a lot of pain; when the skin breaks it bleeds and expels greenish pus. I've had lumps removed in the past 10 years, none of which were called cancerous. I'm 51 years old. Read more

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09/15/2003 - Questions and Answers

Peri-menopausal bleeding

I am 58 years old and I still get an occasional period. I have never had the symptoms of menopause. Recently I had two periods 29 days apart. For the last 7 years I have only had a period once every 3-5 months and then they were mostly very light. I must add that I am overweight, but I've been losing weight nicely on a diet. What can be done? Read more

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09/11/2003 - Questions and Answers

Premenopausal acne

I am starting to have pre-menopausal symptoms, including acne. It has affected my back and chest and part of my face, around the mouth and nose. It starts as bumps that itch. What can I do? It's embarrassing. Read more

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07/29/2003 - Questions and Answers

Post-hysterectomy problems

I have been having severe intermittent pain on my right side for about 8 months, which started right after having a total hysterectomy. When it first started it felt like I had a broken rib. It now comes every couple of weeks. I have pain on breathing deeply, then my mid-stomach area gets very sore to the touch. My stools get very thin during the episode and I have trouble passing gas. These episodes can last from 3 to 8 days. I have had CT scans, X-rays, liver function tests, gall bladder tests, and everything has come back normal. Read more

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