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Bacterial Infection Risks

October 31, 2011 at 12:02pm

My daughter’s college roommate just informed her that she had a bacterial infection. She was having abdominal pain which brought her to the doctor. What is the risk factor for my daughter?

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Entering Menopause

October 24, 2011 at 12:01pm

How will I know when I have officially entered menopause?

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Intense hunger

October 2, 2011 at 3:30pm

I am wondering what can be the cause of intense hunger. I eat 4-5 times a day and still it seems that I am always hungry. If I try to put it off too long I will get a really bad headache and in some cases feel kind of like I am going to pass out. What’s really weird is that it just came on in the last few weeks. Any ideas of what I should be checking into?

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Birth Control Pills and Acne

October 2, 2011 at 3:27pm

Do progestin-only birth control pills cause acne, or should I be concerned about Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? I did not have acne when taking a combined pill.

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Tips to Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

September 26, 2011 at 11:51am

I’ve had two urinary tract infections in the past year. Why am I getting them and what can I do to prevent them in the future?

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Plastic water bottles and pregnancy

September 19, 2011 at 11:49am

I’m pregnant and people keep telling me to stop drinking out of plastic water bottles. What’s the problem with them?

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Fibroids and a Hysterectomy

September 12, 2011 at 11:47am

My doctor says I have fibroids and need a hysterectomy. Are there any other options?

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

September 5, 2011 at 11:44am

My daughter was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Does this mean she won’t be able to have children?

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Vaginal Warts

August 31, 2011 at 9:41am

I am 59 years old. I noticed a wart growth almost at the entrance of my vagina. It has been there for more than five months. Recently I applied garlic overnight to the site and after two days it was gone. I am still worried. Do you think the wart is a sign of some disease? What do you recommend that I do to avoid a reoccurence?

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Thyroid stimulating hormone levels

August 31, 2011 at 9:33am

I recently had blood work done because I have been very fatigued and have experienced a real loss of energy. My Vitamin D level was 17.8 and my Free T4 was .49. My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was in the normal range of 2.09. My doctor put me on a Vitamin D supplement. Will the Vitamin D make my thyroid level go back up, and do you think I should be on thyroid medication? My doctor says that I should get my blood work done in two months and see how it is then.

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