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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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Knee Replacement Surgery

July 23, 2015 at 9:55am

Recently, I had a total knee replacement. After 3 months of Physical Therapy I am back at work, doing well for the most part.

On occasion, I have a large amount of swelling in the ankle of the same leg I had the knee replacement. This happens 2-3 times a week and not with any particular irritant. The swelling is enough to stretch my shoe out. I’d like to know if this is normal after this type of surgery?

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When and How to Take Vitamins

July 23, 2015 at 9:45am

I take several types of vitamins every day. Should I take them all at once or should I spread them out throughout the day?

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IUDs and the Connection to Depression

July 23, 2015 at 9:30am

I have an IUD (Mirena), this is my second one. It is due to come out next year. I was wondering what the correlation is between the IUD and depression? I have a history of depression, but it has gotten worse. I’m currently on 3 different antidepressants, which really are not helping.

When I think about it now, it seems to have increased since the time I had the second one placed 4 years ago. I know hormones can have an impact on mood/mental well-being. Do you think there is a connection between the two?

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Osteoporosis Medication

June 3, 2015 at 2:40pm

I am 66 years old and have osteoporosis. My primary care doctor suggested Reclast, but my gynecologist suggested Prolia. I have never been treated before for osteoporosis. I also have had a portion of my thyroid removed 7 months ago.

I have two questions:

  1. Are these two drugs the same?
  2. How will treatment affect my thyroid?

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Vaginal Itching

May 21, 2015 at 12:00am

I have been using Intensity for approximately two months with no problems. I have been experiencing uncomfortable vaginal itching the last couple of days. I did not use the Intensity today.

I do have e-string and was using Premarin, but I have not used those for the last couple of weeks. I would appreciate any advice you could provide me to help relieve my symptoms and how to proceed with the Intensity treatment.

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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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Numbness and Tingling in Hands and Feet

April 29, 2015 at 1:13pm

I am experiencing numbness in my feet and tingling occasionally in my hands. My glucose is between 80 and 90. I used to be hyphypoglycemic and I wonder if I should have that checked?

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Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy Treatment

April 29, 2015 at 10:10am

I just had a double mastectomy for stage 2 ductal cancer. It was hormone receptor positive. They told me I could not continue my Prempro, which I was using for hot flashes and insomnia. Since then, I have started Arimidex and have been in misery. My physician said I could consider stopping Arimidex if I wanted to restart hormone therapy because I feel so miserable. I would appreciate your thoughts and opinion on this matter. Thank you.

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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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