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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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Do I Have A Yeast Infection?

November 6, 2018 at 10:43am

I wasn't sure if I had a yeast infection or not, so I took a 1-day Monistat just to be safe. A day later, there is still some medicine inside me. When will this go away? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?

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What Treatments Should I Use For Vaginal Dryness And Pain?

November 6, 2018 at 10:40am

I am considering using Nature's Naturopathic DHEA vaginal suppositories to alleviate vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse. Are they safe to use, or any other DHEA creams or suppositories?

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How do I calculate my BMI?

October 26, 2018 at 11:53am

I am 5'4 1/2" tall. When using the BMI calculator, should I use 5'4" or 5'5"?

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What hyaluronic acid vaginal creams are best?

October 17, 2018 at 11:27am

What hyaluronic acid vaginal cream do you recommend?

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Can I get a spinal epidural while on antibiotics?

October 16, 2018 at 9:43am

If taking antibiotics why is getting a spine epidural not allowed?

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What treatments are available for hair loss?

October 16, 2018 at 9:39am

I'm losing handfuls of hair. I have two bald spots, one on the back of my head and one on the side. I don't know what to do. I've had my thyroid checked and it is in a normal range, and I'm doing meditation to reduce my stress.

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Do I have a sleep disorder?

October 5, 2018 at 9:56am

Lately, I have been falling asleep for no known reason. I will be sitting watching tv and nod off. Do you know what could cause this?

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What can I do about vaginal itching?

October 2, 2018 at 3:15pm

I have seen my gynecologist at least three times in the past year for vaginal itching. Nothing has relieved it, yet. First, I was treated for a yeast infection, but it didn't relieve anything. Then I was given a cream and instructed to take Benadryl at night. That is not working. I'm considering going to another gynecologist where I go for breast cancer care. I was having the itching problems prior to my masectomy, and nothing has ever helped. I've tried over the counter products and they don't work. My gynecologist tested me for cervical cancer and that was negative.

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Does yogurt or bottled water cause cancer?

October 1, 2018 at 2:47pm

Someone told me eating yogurt and drinking bottled water causes cancer, is this true?

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Can cerebrospinal fluid increase after stent placement?

September 27, 2018 at 2:58pm

I have a diagnosis of "idiopathic" Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus on my medical record. A stent was placed under my scalp to pump excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) off my brain. Can the amount of CSF increase markedly over a period of 4 - 5 years after placement of the stent?

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