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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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What is normal bone loss?

February 6, 2019 at 11:49am

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis last month after many years of osteopenia. My spine T-score was -2.8. I am 68 years old, 5 foot 7, 130 pounds and in good health.

I did take osteoporosis medication for about 5 years in 1993 when I went into early menopause at 43 years old. In 2016, my spinal T-score was -1.9 and in 2000 it was normal at -0.9. Isn’t this a fast decrease in the last 2 years especially since I exercise regularly?

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Tips to help avoid Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

February 5, 2019 at 9:22am

Why do I keep getting recurrent bacterial vaginosis infections? I am trying probiotics now, do you think that could work?

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ApexM device can help treat urinary leakage

February 4, 2019 at 8:00am

Is ApexM a good option to treat urinary leakage in women who have had a bladder sling procedure?

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