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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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Topical Creams Vs Vaginal Gels

January 15, 2019 at 11:37am

I was accidentally prescribed metronidazole topical cream versus metro vaginal gel. Can the cream also be used intravaginally?

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Is Bacterial Vaginosis a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

January 10, 2019 at 11:36am

Can you catch Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) from having sexual activity?

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What Does An Unusually Heavy Period Mean?

January 9, 2019 at 11:22am

I am 26 years old and my period has always been regular, lasting 3 to 4 days. I am married and sexually active, only using a pull out method. My cycle was late by 4 days last month and lasted 8 days. It was very heavy and painful, not my usual cycle.

I have taken a pregnancy test and it was negative, but now my worry is that implantation happened the same time as my period days. If it did, when will I be able to tell with a home pregnancy test? I want to say I miscarried last month, but I have no other symptoms so far. I am worried because I do drink alcohol regularly.

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Does Magnesium Help Treat Migraine?

January 8, 2019 at 9:31am

Does magnesium help treat migraine?

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What is Causing My Hip and Back Pain?

January 3, 2019 at 11:47am

I am age 66 and I hurt on my right hip and lower back. I can hardly get out of bed at times! I am sexually active, have had my tubes tied and have not had any periods for several years. Could this be a tubal pregnancy? Could this be a bladder infection? I do drink water, but how much should I drink?

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How Do I Treat Bacterial Vaginosis?

January 3, 2019 at 11:41am

What is the best thing that I can do to ignore the pain and itching of Bacterial Vaginosis?

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What is the price of Solosec®/Secnidazole?

January 3, 2019 at 11:37am

What is the price of Solosec®/Secnidazole? My insurance does not cover it.

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Can it hurt a woman to have multiple orgasms?

December 14, 2018 at 10:32am

Is there any harm in women achieving multiple orgasms in a short window of time?

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What can I do about a retroverted uterus?

December 14, 2018 at 10:29am

I have an introverted uterus. I was having sexual intercourse 3-4 weeks ago and I experienced an un-painful locking or sticking pressure on my rectum like something got caught between my uterus and rectum. Can you offer any suggestions?

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What are the chances that I'm pregnant?

December 12, 2018 at 9:41am

I have a question concerning my chances of pregnancy. I was taking regular birth control, but stopped taking them when I was on antibiotics for a throat infection. After a day from my last antibiotic, I restarted my birth control, and I understand I need to wait seven days for it to kick it.

However, the fourth day I had intercourse with my partner and used condoms. We made sure nothing slipped and no condom broke to my knowledge. But he accidentally touched the outside of my private with possible seminal fluid. I had emergency contraception from a previous experience and decided to take it after 28 hours of the incident. The next day, I woke up with an increased amount of white discharge, breast tenderness, clumpy pale yellow cervical mucus (sticky and somewhat stretchy) and I became highly concerned if I ovulated.

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