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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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Nightly Leg Cramps

September 3, 2013 at 11:34am

I am experiencing leg cramps at night. The cramps keep me awake at night.

I do take potassium daily. Can you give me any advice to help minimize the nightly leg cramps?

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My menstrual cycle is inconsistent

August 30, 2013 at 11:32am

I am a 55 year old female with a normal menstrual history from age 13 through age 50ish. The last couple of years, my menstruation has been more frequent and heavier. It stopped for six months before last October, then once in October and once in January. Then I had a bit of spotting, then nothing for five months.

Five days ago, I had a heavy flow start. In April, at my normal pap exam, my doctor thought she saw something, so I was sent for a follow up with a sonogram. The doctor at the sonogram appointment thought she saw something as well, so she referred me to an oncologist who recommended removing everything.

I went for a second opinion with an equally qualified top doctor who said the previous physicians read the sonogram incorrectly and everything was fine. This physician did a cervical biopsy, which came back negative. I have been experiencing extreme stress this past month, could that have been the cause of my recent bleeding?

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Hyperhidrosis: Excessive Perspiration

August 27, 2013 at 11:02am

My 75-year-old mother sweats a lot, especially under her hair (her forehead is always dripping). She is post-menopausal.

I used to sweat profusely from under my hair; I had to wear a bandana everyday to keep the sweat out of my eyes. My dermatologist prescribed oxybutnin for me and it has been a God-send. Who should my mother see? Is this hormonal or some other issue?

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August 22, 2013 at 12:19pm

What if they see something on my mammogram? How accurate is it?

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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

August 22, 2013 at 12:01pm

I’ve heard of IVF, but am not really sure what it is. Can you explain it?

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Skin Tags

August 21, 2013 at 9:50am

I am 22 years old and I have a skin tag on my left hip. It is not painful, but it is in an uncomfortable area and really bothers me.

Are skin tags dangerous? How can I remove my skin tag?

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Hysterectomy and Hot Flashes

August 7, 2013 at 10:58am

What is the best hormone therapy (HT)? I had a hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy when I had surgery for creation of an ileostomy. I still have issues with hot flashes, but I do not like taking pills. Is there another option?

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Omega-3 Supplements and Fish Allergies

August 5, 2013 at 10:49am

I am 42 years old and I don’t have any health problems, but I have had some joint pain in my hip area. I read an article that taking an Omega-3 supplement would help with some joint pain.

However, I am allergic to fish and shellfish (I am able to eat canned fish and tuna). Is it safe to take the Omega-3 supplement with my fish allergy?

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Lactose Intolerance

August 1, 2013 at 10:40am

What prevents Lactose intolerance?

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Is My Headache Normal?

July 23, 2013 at 2:09pm

Most people I know have headaches. How do I know what is normal and what is not?

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