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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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Atrial Fibrillation

October 25, 2013 at 10:55am

When you are in a-fib, is it hurting your heart? I know it can cause a stroke, but what else is it doing to my body?

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Overnight Urination

October 8, 2013 at 9:46am

I get up four or five times a night to go to the bathroom. Is this normal for a 74-year-old woman?

I take a diuretic in the morning as well as a heart pill and baby asprin. I am a little overweight. Would any of this contribute to having to urinate so frequently throughout the night?

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September 27, 2013 at 9:55am

I suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Any suggestion as to what to eat for breakfast? I am also dieting.

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Do I Need Progesterone Cream?

September 26, 2013 at 9:35am

I am post-menopausal and have horrible hot flashes, insomnia and anxiety. I don’t have a uterus, so should I still take bio-identical progesterone cream to avoid estrogen dominance?

I have gotten two different answers about taking progesterone cream from local gynecological doctors. There is too much conflicting information out there, so thank you for your help.

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Menopause and Weight Gain

September 23, 2013 at 1:43pm

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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Healthy Digestive Tract

September 20, 2013 at 1:42pm

What are some tips for keeping my digestive tract healthy?

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Heart Disease in Women

September 19, 2013 at 1:28pm

What are the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women?

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Best Vitamins for Women to Take

September 12, 2013 at 2:56pm

I am 49 years old, I exercise five times a week, I’m average weight, I’ve never smoked and I eat pretty healthy. What daily vitamins should I be taking? I am very confused by all the different choices out there.

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Yeast Infection and Intercourse

September 11, 2013 at 1:55pm

Is it common to get a yeast infection after sexual intercourse? I seem to have a lot of pain the next day and then develop a yeast infection. This has been occurring for the past year.

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Endometriosis Symptoms

September 10, 2013 at 4:35pm

My daughter suffers from endometriosis. She has had two laparoscopies.

Unfortunately, birth control pills have not helped her symptoms. Lupron therapy has somewhat helped her endometriosis, but the side effects (especially depression) are bad. Any suggestions on how to alleviate the pain, which is often debilitating?

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