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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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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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Bar Soap vs Liquid Soap

January 6, 2015 at 4:00pm

How does bar soap compare to alcohol based sanitizers or liquid soap? I prefer using bar soap, but I’m concerned about its effectiveness.

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Angular Cheilitis

January 6, 2015 at 10:21am

I have been suffering from angular cheilitis for over a year. I have tried fungal creams, nutritional supplements, and mouthwash without any benefit. Do you know of any other remedies for angular cheilitis? I’m so embarrassed. Please help!

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Tips for De-Stressing the Holidays

December 12, 2014 at 5:27am

What are some tips for de-stressing the holidays?

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Pulmonary Fibrosis

October 24, 2014 at 1:33pm

I have Pulmonary Fibrosis. I belong to an online support group and the vast majority of patients are women. How important is it to know more about how the environment is affecting women’s lungs? And therefore our lives?

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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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Menopause Symptoms: Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse

September 22, 2014 at 11:14am

I had an endometrial ablation a couple of years ago and my sex life has completely changed. I am now experiencing vaginal dryness and my libido is on zero. I also am experiencing painful intercourse and am having light bleeding after sex.

I changed doctors because I wanted a female doctor. My physician gave me a blood test and said I was not in peri-menopause because I am only 47 years old. Can you please tell me how can I get some relief?

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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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Breast Cancer Risk

September 15, 2014 at 9:07pm

My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but she only had to do radiation. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Also, is a physician or midwife right for me? How do I know? My husband and I just got married and want to try to start a family soon.

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