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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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What Is A Good Postmenopausal Treatment?

January 16, 2019 at 10:32am

I am a postmenopausal woman, weaning myself off of systemic topical estrogen. My gynecologist recommended Osphena®, but said I should wait one month before using, and the package said it could be months before I notice a difference! Also, there are all kinds of warnings regarding blood clots. Really? Wouldn't an estrogen cream be safer, effective and faster?

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Sexual Function

January 15, 2019 at 11:52am

I am almost 50 years old and have been married 22 years. I have to have direct stimulation to the clitoris using a massager to climax, whereas before I didn’t. What is the issue? When I was younger I had some trauma to the genitals from a bike accident. I want to enjoy my husband without having to use “toys." It makes me feel less than what I was. When I mention this problem to my GYN, we did blood work, which found I have low white blood cells. Expensive testing, but no cancer, but still no answers for this either.

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Is it safe to have sex while using Intrarosa®?

January 15, 2019 at 11:46am

My OB/GYN prescribed me vaginal Prasterone/DHEA/Intrarosa® for premenopausal vaginal PH issues causing me discomfort and infections. My husband and I engage in sex before I put the Intrarosa in, however my questions are:

  1. Is it safe to have oral sex since I used the medication the night before?
  2. Is it already absorbed and gone?
  3. Will it harm my husband?

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