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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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Should I take Premarin at night or in the morning?

March 8, 2019 at 9:43am

What is the best time to take Premarin (conjugated estrogens) - at night or in the morning?

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Hysterectomy and Estrogen Therapy

March 4, 2019 at 3:10pm

I am 68 years old and have no physical ailments. I had a complete hysterectomy with both ovaries removed in 1998. I did take estrogen (estrogen patch) for some time, but my insurance started to give me a difficult time about it so I just stopped it using it in 2017.

I have been fine, but now I wake up early after a good sleep because the sheets are very damp from night sweats. Are there any natural products to help with the night sweats, or should I begin taking the estrogen patches again and try to deal with the insurance company?

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Tips for Treating Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

February 26, 2019 at 9:41am

How do I treat Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?

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Treatment Options for Vaginal Atrophy

February 22, 2019 at 9:42am

I have thin tissue in the vaginal area, and it is very dry. My physician recommended estrogen cream to thicken my tissue, but it burns and itches me. What are my other options?

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Hyaluronic Acid

February 21, 2019 at 3:11pm

Can you direct me to any clinical trials or websites related to the use of hyaluronic acid and a woman who has had endometrial and ovarian cancer?

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Intensity Device

February 19, 2019 at 2:50pm

Is the Intensity for pelvic floor experiment covered by insurance?

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Fat Removed From Breast, Stomach and Arm

February 19, 2019 at 2:31pm

I want to get fat removed from my breast, stomach and arm. Is it safe?

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Can I use vaginal moisturizers while using vaginal estrogen?

February 14, 2019 at 5:21pm

I inserted vaginal estradiol tablet on Monday and Thursday. In between, can vaginal moisturizers be used?

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Estrogen Therapy

February 13, 2019 at 3:24pm

I am 75 and very healthy. I was prescribed oral conjugated estrogens 0.625 after a complete hysterectomy in 1983 and have taken it without problem ever since. I'm now getting push-back from my Medicare plan and they want to do a pre-authorization before allowing a prescription renewal. I have no other health problems, take no other medications, sleep well, eat a primarily vegan diet, exercise and am a healthy weight. If I'm forced to go off the estrogen I'll suffer bone loss, sleeplessness, hot flashes, which I can't imagine.

I have no breast cancer in the family and no diabetes. My mother died at age 95 from congestive heart failure and had severe osteoporosis, and my father died at age 91 from congestive heart failure. My mom did not take HRT.

What do I do to convince my doctor to allow me to remain on oral estrogen. Would reducing my dosage to 0.3 make a significant difference in how I feel or lessen the benefits to my bones, sleep patterns, etc?

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Cellulitis

February 13, 2019 at 3:00pm

I have cellulitis in both legs and sometimes my skin seeps. My nephew is in the hospital with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and has to get his toe amputated, is he contagious?

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