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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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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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Pain and fatigue from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 30, 2019 at 11:53am

I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis along with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have pain and fatigue, and I'm tired all of the time. What can I do?

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What can I do about Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism?

January 29, 2019 at 5:19pm

I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and started on thyroid 50 mcg for a few months now. I continue to have severe joint pain, generalized numbness and tingling without improvement on the medication that I am taking. What should I be doing differently? Do you have any recommendations?

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A Diet For Menopausal Weight Gain

January 29, 2019 at 10:42am

I'm 53 years old, and entered menopause at age 47. I have 70 pounds to lose and it's so much harder now since I've entered menopause. Can any diet help menopausal women lose weight?

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What Are Some At Home Tips for Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis?

January 25, 2019 at 12:49pm

How can I stop recurring Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) at home instead of going to the doctor every week?

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Why Do I Have Breast Pain And Tingling?

January 25, 2019 at 9:22am

What would be the reason for when your breast is tingling and you are not having a menstrual cycle?

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What treatment will help my painful intercourse?

January 22, 2019 at 11:05am

I'm having painful intercourse despite using vaginal lubricants and hormone therapy. I'm a BRCA2 carrier with a history of ER/PR positive breast cancer. My main problem is pain with increasing vaginal dilation during intercourse. I don't have pain with initial penile insertion or with insertion of a vaginal probe during a pelvic ultrasound. Will pelvic floor stimulation or perhaps the Mona Lisa Touch treatment help painful intercourse?

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​Is there a connection between Myasthenia Gravis and menopause?

January 22, 2019 at 10:42am

Is there a relationship between Myasthenia Gravis (MG) and menopause? Since I have MG should I take menopausal hormone therapy as suggested by my physician?

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