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Wondering about your health? Confused by what you’ve read? Browse our Ask the Nurse answer archive to find answers to many women's health questions and concerns. All answers are from a Cleveland Clinic women's health nurse.

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Oral Estrogen Vs Patch Estrogen

March 4, 2016 at 12:54pm

What is the difference between using the estradiol 0.5 patch versus taking the estradiol 0.5 tablet?

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Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

January 14, 2016 at 4:59pm

I am postmenopausal and I am getting frequent urinary tract infections and yeast infections with vaginal soreness, irritation, and burning.

Is this possibly due to vaginal atrophy? I will be consulting with a uro-gynecologist at the end of the month. Is there anything I can apply topically for relief?

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Vaginal Atrophy and Breast Cancer

January 13, 2016 at 5:34pm

In 2004, I had a mastectomy of the right breast and lumpectomy of the left breast, removal of 9 lymph nodes under my right arm (4 were positive and cancer had gotten into the chest wall a little). I also had chemo & radiation, Herceptin once a week for a year, Tamoxifen for 5 years and I am working on finishing 5 years of Femara.

My cancer was the type that is so-called “estrogen positive”. Now I have vaginal atrophy and since I can’t take systemic estrogen my GYN physician told me there is nothing I can do except use KY-jelly or a similar item for my discomfort, but nothing was going to help it get better.

I’m 55 years old and this is very depressing news. The vaginal atrophy is very uncomfortable. Is their anything that I can do? I have a family history of breast cancer on both parents sides, and my mother had breast and ovarian cancer when she passed away.

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The difference between pre menopause, perimenopause and menopause.

January 8, 2016 at 5:09pm

What’s the difference between pre menopause, perimenopause and menopause? How will I know when I’m there?

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Vaginal Dryness Treatments

November 8, 2015 at 10:12pm

What are your recommendations for vaginal dryness? I had a prescription for estrogen, but it was too expensive. What are my other options?

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Menopause and Weight Loss

May 20, 2015 at 4:30pm

I’m 48 and going thru menopause. I have gained 30 pounds and I am anemic. I take vitamins and iron pills, but I still have no energy or weight loss. I have two young kids and it’s hard to keep up with them. I need help with weight issues. I tried exercise and eating well, but nothing helps.

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Is There a Time Limit for Hormone Therapy?

May 20, 2015 at 1:19pm

I’m 66 and I was on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for about 10 years, but stopped using it for the last seven years. Is there any evidence to show that I need to go back on HRT? If so, how long are you supposed to use HRT?

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Women and Excessive Sweating

April 14, 2015 at 10:56am

What can I do to relieve constant sweating?

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Peri-Menopause and Osteoporosis

January 8, 2015 at 4:00pm

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my hips in 2007. I am still peri-menopausal but have been taking medication since that time. My last bone density test showed osteoporosis is now in my spine. My physician doesn’t think it is necessary to change my treatment.

I started on Fosamax, but after 4 months I started having side effects, so I was switched to Actonel. I am not due for another year for a bone density. I don’t like to eat dairy foods, but I eat a yogurt every day. I take 500mg of calcium with 200iu D3 3 times a day.

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Climaxing During Sex

October 7, 2014 at 10:01am

My partner loves foreplay before sex which gets me aroused, but when it comes to climaxing, I have trouble. I then lose interest and I feel I may be letting my partner down, and I wonder if I am truly interested in sex? Please help me understand the reasons for this and any possible solutions.

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