Obstetrics and Gynecology

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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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Treatment for Painful Intercourse

April 16, 2015 at 11:04am

I have been widowed for a long time and have met someone. Intercourse is extremely painful and I would like to get some easing of these symptoms. I’m 67.

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Pregnancy At Age 35

March 5, 2015 at 2:59pm

I am 35 years old and am having difficulty achieving pregnancy. I am also a type 2 diabetic and struggle with my weight. Is there a way to determine how many eggs I have left?

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Traveling While Pregnant

January 7, 2015 at 8:30am

My friend is interested in vacationing on a cruise ship while pregnant. Is it safe to go on a cruise ship when a woman is in her first trimester? Is there anything she should be aware of before boarding a ship?

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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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Painful Sexual Intercourse

September 23, 2014 at 10:25am

I am having pain during intercourse. What are some possible reasons for this pain?

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Post-Hysterectomy Treatment

September 16, 2014 at 5:48am

I am 37 years old and just had a full hysterectomy 3 months ago, which removed my uterus and both ovaries. My doctor started me on estradiol orally right away. After one week, I noticed some stomach upset and was switched to the estrogen patch 0.05, which improved my symptoms but my heart started to race. The rapid heart rate made me nervous. I would be lying down feeling very calm and my heart rate would be 107.

So I just took off the patch and have gone without treatment for 2 months. Now I’ve had some hot flashes associated with anxiousness and mood irritability. Because of this, I retried the patch and within a couple of hours I felt better and more calm, but then my heart began racing again. So, once again I removed the patch. Is this normal? What can I do?

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Family History of Breast and Ovarian Cancer

September 11, 2014 at 6:18am

I am 63 years old with a history of breast cancer. I am in remission after a bone marrow transplant in 1991.

My sister died of ovarian cancer three years ago. I have not been sexually active in 14 years. Do I need to be screened for ovarian cancer, and if so, what doctor can I see?

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Using Talcum Powder Near Female Genitals

September 9, 2014 at 4:18pm

What is the health risk of Talcum powder near the vagina? What about baby corn starch powder? Can female infants be at risk if baby talcum powder is used on them?

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Endometrial Cancer Protection

August 28, 2014 at 8:00am

Do women need to use progesterone for endometrial protection with an intact uterus when using even a small dose of transdermal estrogen (such as vivelle dot)?

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What can Women use to Feel Fresh After Intercourse?

July 24, 2014 at 9:44am

What can a woman do to feel fresh after having intercourse, since douching is not recommended?

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