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A white, cottage-cheese-like discharge, often accompanied by vaginal itching and inflammation, generally indicates a yeast infection. In recent years, the availability of over-the-counter medications for yeast infections has misled many women to believe that they can diagnose themselves with having a vaginal yeast infection and proceed to effectively treat it. Most of these self-diagnosed yeast […]

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Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories: reliving the event (to the extent that it disturbs day-to-day activity), avoidance, and hypervigilance. As you face surgery, your […]

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Restoring your sex life after so many years may take a bit more work, but it is possible in most cases. The first thing to do is talk to your doctor. If you had your ovaries removed, or if you’ve gone through natural menopause since your surgery, you may have a severe case of vaginal […]

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While the options in this area are limited, there are alternative treatments for menopausal hot flashes. Before you take anything else, however, be sure to consult your doctor. Many women who can’t take HRT use the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor) as an effective, non-HRT treatment for hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. Read more about Hot Flashes […]

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For those of you who have never had an IV before – be sure it is NEVER allowed to go dry! If the bag is near empty, call the nurse. Sometimes if they get busy they might not know you need a new IV bag. If no liquid is going into you, the IV quickly […]

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Yes, there are alternatives, and it is good that you are seeking them. Adequate sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being, so finding an effective sleep aid is just as important. Valerian: Valerian is an herbal remedy known for its sedating effects. There are multiple studies that indicate that it helps with […]

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If you had an abdominal procedure, or any additional repairs along with your hysterectomy, you can expect to experience some degree of pain for several months post-op, although many women report that their significant pain diminished by around the fourth week. A hysterectomy is a major operation. Internal organs that were not removed were pushed, […]

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You will probably be more comfortable if you bring your own pillow from home. Finding a pillow to support your tummy is a bit trickier. Tummy pillows should be smaller and softer than a throw pillow, which can be difficult to find. If you know anyone who sews, maybe you can ask them to make […]

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Vaginal atrophy is thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to low estrogen. As a result, vaginal atrophy can cause painful intercourse, which in turn leads to both a loss of libido and sexual dysfunction. It is most common after menopause, both natural and surgical, when estrogen levels decline. Vaginal dryness as a result […]

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In past years, doctors believed that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helped prevent cardiovascular diseases in post-menopausal women. More recent research, however, indicates that this isn’t the case. In some cases, it can actually increase the risk of heart disease (HRT and Heart Disease). The good news is that there is a better way to prevent […]

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