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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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Smoking Cessation

February 11, 2014 at 8:02am

What can I do to support my smoking cessation efforts (holistic or pharmacological)?

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Alcohol and Weight Gain

February 10, 2014 at 11:16am

I have two glasses of wine as my happy hour at home. I put my feet up and relax. Is this bad considering I’m trying to lose weight?

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A Cancer Diet

January 29, 2014 at 4:20pm

I have a friend who has to consume more protein because she has been fighting cancer and getting chemotherapy. She is tired of shakes and smoothies, but her esophagus is damaged and has to be stretched often, so she needs to be careful of eating certain types of meat.

I know what items contain protein, but I wonder if there is a trick I could use with recipes - something to make food more palatable. Thank you.

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Hysterectomy and Weight Gain

December 31, 2013 at 7:12am

I have a question about HRT and severe weight gain. I had a full hysterectomy one year ago. I am age 45 now and I have gained nearly 30 pounds. I am on the highest dose of the Vivelle dot patch.

I work out 5-6 days a week, running between 3-5 miles every day. I eat about 1600 calories a day. I have always been about 130-135 pounds and am 5’7", but now I am about 163 pounds.

My workouts are strenuous, and I run trails and do about 9-10 minute miles. Never before have I had trouble dropping fuve pounds by increasing my workouts and being diligent with eating healthy, small portions. I csannot drop one pound no matter how hard I work out. My diet needs to remain the same for I need the fuel for my workouts.

Have I gained weight because I have no ovaries? Or is the patch making me fat? My body has never been like this and I am so physically uncomfortable. I will make an appointment to see my doctor, but in the meantime, I need your help as today I gained another pound. Please help!

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Multivitamins: Chewy vs Tablets

December 30, 2013 at 7:56am

What is your opinion regarding chewy supplements vs. tablets?

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Women's Wellness Exam Guidelines: Do I Need a Pap Smear?

December 29, 2013 at 5:15pm

At what age is a pelvic exam no longer necessary as part of an annual physical?

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High Calcium Level

December 12, 2013 at 12:05pm

What happens when your calicum is too high? How do you bring the numbers down?

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Skin Pigmentation

November 27, 2013 at 10:22pm

I have noticed that my skin has lightened around my throat area. Is this something to worry about? I am 64 years old and had radiation for breast cancer on my left side in 2006.

I had my blood levels checked in June. I had a good mammogram and doctor’s visit in October. My only health concern is trying to control my cholesterol levels. Is there anything I should worry about?

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Weight Loss During Menopause

November 26, 2013 at 4:27pm

I’m officially in menopause and gaining weight. What are some strategies for weight loss that will work for me now?

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Too Much Protein in my Diet?

November 13, 2013 at 9:58am

I am a 63 year old white female in excellent health. I drink a powdered, protein supplement in 12 ounces of 1 percent milk daily. Should I be concerned about too much protein in my diet?

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