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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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Carbohydrates and a Healthy Diet

August 23, 2011 at 6:04pm

Can you please explain how carbohydrates affect our weight and how to figure out how many carbs you should have in your daily diet?

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Vivelle dot and thin skin

August 23, 2011 at 5:58pm

I am 55, post-menopausal and have been on the lowest dose of Vivelle-dot patch for 18 months. My skin is quite thin, most notably on the inner thighs, which appears striated and is tender and is prone to pimples. Would a higher dosage patch encourage the skin to thicken?

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Vitamin B12

August 23, 2011 at 5:56pm

How much is too much B-12? Does taking B-12 pills help one have more energy?

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Swollen cervix

August 23, 2011 at 5:53pm

What are the most common causes for a swollen cervix without other symptoms?

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Bone pain in the hips

August 23, 2011 at 5:47pm

I am 71 and beginning to have some pain in my hips. I exercise three hours a week and walk 1/2 mile each day. Is it better to push through the pain or better to lay off for a day?

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Pagets Disease

August 23, 2011 at 5:46pm

I would like to know what Paget’s Disease is and what the symptoms are.

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laryngopharyngeal reflux

August 23, 2011 at 5:42pm

Is there a cure for LPR (Laryngopharyngeal) reflux? I am not a medication person and do not want to take Zantac forever.

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Estradiol Vaginal Ring

August 23, 2011 at 5:39pm

I am an Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) user. I have great difficulty removing it myself. Will it make a difference if I wait until my regular exam to have it removed? It will be 3 weeks later than the 3 month time period? I suppose the medication will be depleted by then. But is it that critical?

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Long term Hormone replacement therapy

August 23, 2011 at 5:36pm

I am almost 65 and have stopped taking hormone replacement therapy after 20 years. I am sleepless and suffering from hot flashes. What can I take to lessen these effects?

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HDL levels

August 23, 2011 at 5:27pm

Recent blood work revealed that my HDL is low. My new primary care physician seemed unconcerned. What can I do to raise my HDL level? My long time physician recently retired and scheduled blood work for me every three months. My new primary care physician is scheduling only every six months or 12 months. I am 80-years-old and get fairly good reports although my triglycerides and cholesterol are slightly elevated. Should I be concerned about this?

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