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Can I use vaginal moisturizers while using vaginal estrogen?

February 14, 2019 at 5:21pm

I inserted vaginal estradiol tablet on Monday and Thursday. In between, can vaginal moisturizers be used?

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Estrogen Therapy

February 13, 2019 at 3:24pm

I am 75 and very healthy. I was prescribed oral conjugated estrogens 0.625 after a complete hysterectomy in 1983 and have taken it without problem ever since. I'm now getting push-back from my Medicare plan and they want to do a pre-authorization before allowing a prescription renewal. I have no other health problems, take no other medications, sleep well, eat a primarily vegan diet, exercise and am a healthy weight. If I'm forced to go off the estrogen I'll suffer bone loss, sleeplessness, hot flashes, which I can't imagine.

I have no breast cancer in the family and no diabetes. My mother died at age 95 from congestive heart failure and had severe osteoporosis, and my father died at age 91 from congestive heart failure. My mom did not take HRT.

What do I do to convince my doctor to allow me to remain on oral estrogen. Would reducing my dosage to 0.3 make a significant difference in how I feel or lessen the benefits to my bones, sleep patterns, etc?

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Cellulitis

February 13, 2019 at 3:00pm

I have cellulitis in both legs and sometimes my skin seeps. My nephew is in the hospital with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and has to get his toe amputated, is he contagious?

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What is normal bone loss?

February 6, 2019 at 11:49am

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis last month after many years of osteopenia. My spine T-score was -2.8. I am 68 years old, 5 foot 7, 130 pounds and in good health.

I did take osteoporosis medication for about 5 years in 1993 when I went into early menopause at 43 years old. In 2016, my spinal T-score was -1.9 and in 2000 it was normal at -0.9. Isn’t this a fast decrease in the last 2 years especially since I exercise regularly?

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Tips to help avoid Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

February 5, 2019 at 9:22am

Why do I keep getting recurrent bacterial vaginosis infections? I am trying probiotics now, do you think that could work?

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ApexM device can help treat urinary leakage

February 4, 2019 at 8:00am

Is ApexM a good option to treat urinary leakage in women who have had a bladder sling procedure?

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Pain and fatigue from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 30, 2019 at 11:53am

I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis along with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have pain and fatigue, and I'm tired all of the time. What can I do?

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What can I do about Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism?

January 29, 2019 at 5:19pm

I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and started on thyroid 50 mcg for a few months now. I continue to have severe joint pain, generalized numbness and tingling without improvement on the medication that I am taking. What should I be doing differently? Do you have any recommendations?

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A Diet For Menopausal Weight Gain

January 29, 2019 at 10:42am

I'm 53 years old, and entered menopause at age 47. I have 70 pounds to lose and it's so much harder now since I've entered menopause. Can any diet help menopausal women lose weight?

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What Are Some At Home Tips for Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis?

January 25, 2019 at 12:49pm

How can I stop recurring Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) at home instead of going to the doctor every week?

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