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Menopause & Sex
While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive cycle, it does not signal the end of her sexuality. The once popular phrase “finished at fifty” is history.
(Article)
Menopause 101
The average age for menopause in American women is 51. However, when menopause begins and the length of time it lasts varies for every woman. Menopause means more than just losing your periods.
(Article)
Menopause: What If Estrogen Is Not For You?
With record numbers of baby boomers now reaching mid-life, menopause has become the news hot flash of the 1990’s. Yet much of what we hear or read about menopause is alarmist, misleading or downright confusing, and focuses on estrogen replacement therapy.
(Article)
Premature Ovarian Failure
Better called “premature ovarian failure” (a term many patients with this condition prefer) or “POF”, this is menopause which occurs for any reason before the age of 40 as a result of lost ovarian function.
(Article)
Thyroid Gland Central Dysfunction
Nearly one in eight women will develop some type of thyroid disorder in their lifetime. Despite its frequency, however, thyroid disorders are too often missed, misdiagnosed, or mistreated.
(Article)
Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer
Read an article discussing the alarming findings of a study by the National Institutes of Health regarding HRT and the increase of breast cancer deaths among women.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Hormone Therapy And The Progression Of Coronary-Artery Atherosclerosis In Postmenopausal Women
Read an article discussing two studies looking at the relationship between hormone therapy and cardiovascular disease in menopausal women.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
HRT Increases The Risk Of Dementia
Learn how a study by the Women's Health Initiative not only disclosed hormone replacement therapy increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, but that it also may increase the risk of alzheimer's disease.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The WHI Findings on the Risk of Breast Cancer with Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy
Read an article addressing instances where women should or should not treat menopause with hormone replacement therapy because of the higher risk of breast cancer.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Back Pain
Gain an understanding of the importance of consulting with your physician for common back problems.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Cervical Cancer And Abnormal Pap Smears
Read an article discussing the 4 stages of cervical disease that is reported on a pap smear.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Clinical Trials For Women
Read an article discussing the use of biomedical research to zone in on medical breakthroughs for women's health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Debunking Myths About Osteoporosis
Read an article that discussed a disease that can cause bone loss at a much earlier age than we expect.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Debunking the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Arthritis
Read an article discussing the most common myths about arthritis. The article also addresses some of the different types of arthritis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Depression: An Overview
Learn about a disorder of the brain characterized by symptoms such as sadness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or weight, insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, feelings of guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Estrogen Plus Progestin And The Risk Of Coronary Heart Disease
Read an article discussing the findings of two recent studies of hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms and its relationship with cardiovascular disease.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Fibroids And The Pill
Learn what drug options are available for treatment and pain management of benign tumors of the uterus.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Hair Loss In Women
Explore the causes and treatment of thinning hair and baldness in women.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Heart Disease and Aspirin in Women
Read an article discussing the use of asprin to reduce the risk of heart attacks in women.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Heart Disease and Women
Read an article discussing heart disease and women including symptoms and risks.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Myths About Vaginal Health
Abundant myths, misperceptions and misinformation circulates as “common knowledge” when it comes to women’s health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
New Report on Hot Flashes
Read an article that discusses an evidence-based Position Statement from NAMS which offers recommendations for women who need relief from mild hot flashes.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Nipple Discharge
Learn about the third most common breast-related complaint that women bring to their doctors which ninety percent result in benign conditions.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Review important steps women must take to insure optimum breast health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Outpatient Procedure Shrinks Benign Breast Lumps
Affecting 10 percent of American women, most in their late teens and early 20s, fibroadenomas are often considered a benign lesion best left alone. However, approximately 1 million are removed annually because of size, continued growth or for cosmetic reasons.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Ovarian Cancer
Read an article discussing several types of cancer of the ovaries.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
September is Menopause Awareness Month
Read the first in a series of articles discussing symptoms of this aging condition in women. The article addresses the importance of preparation, education, and information.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Read an article discussing a condition common among premenopausal and menopausal women that, contrary to what most women think, is very treatable.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The State of Gynecologic Cancers in the U.S.
Read an article that discusses risks, treatment and prevention of many cancers of the female reproductive tract.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Are The Risk Factors For Colon Cancer?
Read an article that discusses the risk factors and symptoms of colon cancer.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Is Anemia?
While there are many causes of anemia, all of them involve a situation in which the body does not have enough red blood cells, resulting in below normal hemoglobin levels.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Read an article that discusses an often mis-diagnosed mental disorder.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is CRP?
Article discussing C-reactive protein which is a measurable substance in the blood.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Endometriosis?
Read an article that explains the misconceptions of a disease that can interfere with a woman's ability to conceive.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Read an article that discusses a highly contagious viral infection that produces wart-like bumps usually present on the thighs, buttocks, groin, or lower abdomen.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Osteoarthritis?
Read an article explaining the most common form of arthritis.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Read an article about this systemic autoimmune disease which causes chronic joint pain.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
How Do You Know If You're a Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
One of the most difficult decisions for menopausal women is to decide whether or not hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is for them. To help you decide, check off all of the descriptions that apply to you, and take this with you when you visit your physician.
(Decisionnaire)
Heart Attack Decisionnaire
Complete a check list about heart attack to discuss with your physician.
(Decisionnaire)
Menopause Decisionnaire
If you think you are menopausal, see your physician sooner, rather than later. Your symptomatic and long-term treatment may be much more successful if begun early.
(Decisionnaire)
Secondary Infertility Decisionnaire
How do you know if you have secondary infertility? If you think you do, see your physician sooner rather than later. Your chance for a healthy pregnancy may be much more successful if begun early.
(Decisionnaire)
Incontinence Myths
Is it true that incontinence is not a disease after all, but simply a
(Debunking Myths)
Myths About Fibroids
There are several myths about fibroids. The first is a great relief to debunk- the myth that fibroids lead to cancer. In fact, 999 out of 1000 fibroids are not cancerous.
(Debunking Myths)
Osteoporosis Myths
Common Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Osteoporosis
(Debunking Myths)
Premature Menopause Myths
The most common misperception is that POF (premature ovarian failure) just isn’t a big deal. Upon hearing of this condition, many who are not affected react with nonchalance saying, “I wish I could get out of having my periods 10 years earlier!”
(Debunking Myths)
Evaluating Media Medical Information
What factors should be considered when evaluating medical information?
(Tip)
Fast Facts on Depression
In any one-year period, 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, or an estimated 19 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a relatively common syndrome of abdominal discomfort or pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Migraines
The International Headache Society Defines a migrane as
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, or “porous bone”, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Postpartum Depression
Dr. Donnica Moore addresses postpartum depression, those at risk of developing ppd, and treatment options.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Sleep Disorders
The average American woman gets only 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Seven to 8 hours of sleep is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Women And Testosterone
How does testosterone affect a woman's health?
(Fast Facts)
Connection Between Hormone Replacement Therapy and Asthma
Is there a connection between hormone replacement therapy and asthma?
(Frequently Asked Question)
HRT And The Risk Of Breast Cancer
I heard that the National Institutes of Health just cancelled a huge study on hormone replacement therapy because it increased the risk of breast cancer. Is this true?
(Frequently Asked Question)
HRT Duration
How many years should a woman be on HRT?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause, Depression & HRT
I recently visited my health care provider who checked my hormone levels. The results showed that I am menopausal. I have hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Sometimes these symptoms don't bother me much. The real disturbance for me is depression. I am seriously debating whether or not to take HRT but when I read about HRT on the net I get more depressed because a lot of it seems to be negative.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Premature Ovarian Failure and Hormone Levels
I've learned from your website that I'm considered as having premature ovarian failure (POF). My symptoms began when I was 25-26 years old. My doctor tested my prolactin levels and not my FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) or LH (luteinizing hormone) levels. Could you tell me why? Should I request that FSH and LH levels be taken?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Premature Ovarian Failure and HRT
Dr. Donnica answers a question about premature ovarian failure and whether to continue taking HRT.
(Frequently Asked Question)
"Throwing" Your Back Out
Every so often, sometimes for no reason at all, I throw my back out and can't even walk for a few days. My doctor tells me to rest and take ibuprofen. Is that my only option?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Acupuncture and Morning Sickness
Dr. Donnica discusses the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness in a question and answer format.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Androgen Excess
Last year I noticed hair beginning to grow on my face and out of my nose. As if that's not bad enough, I'm also showing signs of balding!
(Frequently Asked Question)
Bloating
Why do I get so bloated before I have my period? What can I do to prevent it?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Breast Cancer Treatment
How is breast cancer treated?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Colon Cancer Risk Reduction
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Dr. Donnica explains risks and prevention of colon cancer.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Discontinuing Premarin
I have been taking Premarin for over two years (after having a hysterectomy). Two days ago, I decided to quit taking the medication after reading the recent reports. Is it safe to quit Premarin
(Frequently Asked Question)
Eating Disorders, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts
I'm 21 years old and have had multiple eating disorders throughout my life. I've been
(Frequently Asked Question)
Endometriosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome, their similarities and symptoms.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Estrogen & Breast Cancer
What is the relationship between estrogen and breast cancer?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Fertility
The most important way to enhance your fertility is to identify which days are your most fertile, and then to be certain to have intercourse on those days.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Fibrocystic Breasts, Caffeine and Estrogen
I had read that fibrocystic breasts can be caused by consuming caffeine, but my doctor didn’t tell me to stop. Should I? Can fibrocystic masses turn into cancer?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Ganglion Cyst
Several months ago I noticed a lump on the joint between my ankle and the top of my foot that's about the size of a quarter and jelly-like in consistency. It's painless and doesn't seem to be growing, but I'm scared it's a tumor or something really serious. Can you help?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Getting Help for Early Menopause and Depression
I am entering menopause quite early as my mother did, at 38 years old. There are extreme hormonal changes going on with me. My doctor has put me on the pill but I am still emotionally out of control and nearly suicidal at times. Can you give me any help at all?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Getting Help for Severe PMDD
I just read your article on PMS and PMDD, and I am very concerned. You make it sound so simple to get help, when in reality it is very difficult. There is no help. No one understands! Please help me! Don't offer medicine. I don't have time or the money to go through trial and error until I find one that doesn't make me sick. What are my options?
(Frequently Asked Question)
High Blood Pressure and Aspirin for Heart Attacks
Recently I had my blood pressure checked at one of those mall kiosks and the nurse told me it was high, which increases my risk of heart attack. Since then I keep hearing about the benefits of taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks, but I'm allergic to aspirin! I'm really nervous, especially because heart disease runs in my family. Is there something else I can take to protect my heart?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are the most common menopausal symptom reported by American women. Learn more about recognizing and preventing premenopausal hot flashes.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Loss of Sexual Desire After Hysterectomy
I had to undergo a complete hysterectomy when I was only 34, and since then I've lost all sexual desire. I've heard there are things women can do when they experience loss of libido during natural menopause. Is there any help for women like me who go through premature menopause due to surgery?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Maintaining Mental Function
I am worried about the effects aging will have on my abilities to think independently and maintain a clear head. Are there any steps I can take as I age to keep dealing with a full deck?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Managing Perimenopause
I have been to two doctors now and they do not find that my hormone levels have changed. I have most of the symptoms of menopause, but not the hormone change. Is it true that I can be in a pre-menopause stage?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause and Contraception
I am a 51 year old woman who has not had a period in over a year. I am not on HRT. Is it necessary for my husband and I to use birth control to be sure that I don't get pregnant? If not now, will there be a time when it is not necessary?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause at 43
Early menopause is defined as menopause for any reason before age 40. Sleep disturbances are one of the most common symptoms of menopause.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Metabolic Disorders
My aunt was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder. I recall reading of a possible cure or breakthrough medicine. Have you heard of any of these cures?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Migraine and Menopause
How does menopause impact women who have migraines?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Migraines and Menopause
I have had a lifetime of migraines on a monthly basis. Now that I’ve gone into menopause, the migraines happen more and more frequently. I am 53 years of age, happily married, children living on their own and simply want to be healthy and full of life.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Neck Pain with Hypothyroidism and Menstruation
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and around the same time I began experiencing a dull pain in the back of my neck that coincided with my period. Sometimes it's so overwhelming I have to call in sick, but as soon as my period ends, so does the pain. Could my thyroid be causing this, and what can I do about it?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Ovarian Cysts and the Pill
Low dose birth control pills are considered
(Frequently Asked Question)
Persistent Stiff Neck and Shoulders
About a month ago, I injured my neck and shoulders lifting heavy bundles at my job. Now, I'm constantly stiff and have been experiencing headaches on a daily basis. I've seen a chiropractor, but he hasn't helped. I don't want to have to go on disability. Is there anything else I can do?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Pharmacogenomics
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses and the exciting future of genetics and how it will make a difference in women's health.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD VS Bipolar Disorder
I'm a raging lunatic before my period -- crying hysterically and fits of rage within minutes of each other. My suicidal and homicidal thoughts are what's most frightening. My doctor today mentioned I may have Bipolar, which just doesn't ring true with me. Your site has made me think it’s PMDD.Where can I go for the best treatment and evaluation for this disorder?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Premarin (conjugated estrogen)
I have been on Premarin (conjugated estrogen) for ten years and would now like to stop taking it. Is this a good idea?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Risk Factors for Heart Attack & Heart Disease, Part I
Half of all heart attacks are linked to known risk factors that can be reduced or eliminated.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Synthroid
I was wondering if synthroid is safe to take if you have been told you can't take hormones when going through the change. I noticed that synthroid is a hormone replacement.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Teriparatide for Osteoporosis
I just read an article about teriparatide, the new drug approved by the FDA for treating osteoporosis. I am in a study for osteoporosis and am injecting myself daily with a parathyroid hormone. I was wondering if this new drug is similar to what I am taking and how I could get more information about it.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Thyroid Gland
What is the thyroid gland? Why is it important to our health?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Treating Significant Menopause Symptoms
I am a 51-year-old woman who is entering menopause. I am having severe sweating experiences, daytime and nighttime. I become very flushed and clammy and then become very cold.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Vaginal Cancer
If you are a healthy woman, vaginal cancer is relatively rare. It is usually diagnosed in elderly women who notice abnormal bleeding (whether or not they have had a hysterectomy in the past).
(Frequently Asked Question)
What is a Clinical Trial?
What Is a Clinical Trial?
(Frequently Asked Question)
What it Might Mean When Your Period Stops
My 22-year-old daughter stopped getting her period a year and a half ago. Her doctor says her ultrasound results are normal and that she needn't worry about it until she's ready to get pregnant. We're both still concerned. What could possibly be wrong?
(Frequently Asked Question)
New Transdermal Options in Managing Menopause Allow for Better Individualization of Therapy, by Alan M. Altman, M.D.
Menopausal women have an increasing number of treatment options available to them, including transdermal estrogen therapies with different delivery systems.
(Guest Expert)
Black Cohosh: A Safe Alternative For Menopause Symptom Management, by Maida Taylor, MD
Dr. Maida Taylor explains hormone replacement therapy, it's side effects, and the use of black cohosh as an alternative to HRT.
(Guest Expert)
Blood Clots: An Overlooked Women's Health Issue, by Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD
Blood clots can affect anyone from Olympic athletes to ailing senior citizens, and women are prime candidates for this condition.
(Guest Expert)
Graves' Disease, by Jake George and Nancy Hord-Patterson, ARNP, PhD
Jake George and Dr. Nancy Hord-Patterson discuss treatment options for treating Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease
(Guest Expert)
Treatment Options for Stress Urinary Incontinence, by Jennifer Pollak, MD and G. Willy Davila, MD
Many women experience urinary incontinence for several years before they come forward and speak to their physicians. Some women consider it a part of aging but urinary incontinence is not considered normal at any age.
(Guest Expert)
What is Anti-Aging Medicine? by Allen S. Cohen, M.D.
Allen Cohen, M.D., explains a newer area of medical practice, Anti-Aging Medicine, and treatments to delay or reverse the effects of aging.
(Guest Expert)
What You Should Know About Lasik, by Peter S. Hersh, M.D.
Guest expert, Peter S. Hersh, M.D., discusses LASIK, what you should consider when choosing a LASIK center, and who is a good candidate for the laser vision procedure.
(Guest Expert)
Scott Hamilton’s Chemotherapy Ices Cancer
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has spent a lifetime skating circles around the competition. But testicular cancer almost put his career and his life on ice.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"Graduation into Menopause", with singer Patti Labelle
Super dynamo, singing sensation Patti LaBelle went into menopause 10 years ago. . .now 56, with a new CD, a national concert tour, a new book, and a new television show all within one year, she’s thrown the phrase “Finished At Fifty” out the window!
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"Menopause and Treatment Options", by actress Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd is currently working with Dr. Donnica and other women physicians on Baseline 50, a national campaign to educate women about menopause and its treatment options including HRT.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"The Cause for Cancer Research and Clinical Studies", by Three-Time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong
Cancer is a disease that touches everyone. More than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, making the odds of cancer striking close to home pretty likely. No doubt you, a family member, or someone you know has been affected by cancer.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Amy Grant Has Faith About Defeating Pediatric Cancers
There's an old saying that "a stitch in time saves nine." When it comes to promoting the Quilt of Dreams campaign for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,singer Amy Grant knows that a stitch in time may actually save lives.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Beverly Johnson Spotlights Hysterectomy Awareness
Former supermodel Beverly Johnson enjoyed fame and fortune because of her beauty. But Johnson is all brains when it comes to uterine health issues.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Carre Otis Models Healthy Eating
It is critically important that people recognize that eating disorders are very serious illnesses – not trendy lifestyle choices.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Corbin Bernsen Rules In Favor Of Aspirin
“I’ve been on a Bayer aspirin regimen for the last eight years or so,” Bernsen says. “My dad had a stroke...it was enough to provide a serious wake-up call.”
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Denzel And Pauletta Washington Lead Brain Crusade
The incidence of brain diseases is increasing -- especially when we discuss Alzheimer’s. But one of the most shocking things...is that the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children is brain tumors.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Dule Hill ‘All In’ To Help Beat Leukemia
Dule Hill is betting on a cure for his friend's leukemia.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Gisele Bunchen Gives Her Heart To St. Jude's Children
This holiday season supermodel Gisele Bunchen is selling her heart to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
James Woods Directs Stroke Awareness
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America. Approximately 700,000 Americans have new or recurrent strokes each year.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Melina Kanakaredes Prescribes Breast Cancer Awareness
“I believe that breast cancer in most people is a preventable disease and a big part of it, but not the whole thing, is hormone balance,” says Dr. Rebecca Glaser, breast cancer surgeon, Dayton Alliance Cancer Center Ohio. “
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Mindy Sterling’s ‘Mojo’ Beats Breast Cancer
Actress Mindy Sterling is best known for her hilarious turn as Frau in the Austin Powers movies. But it was Sterling’s healthy sense of humor that she says made all the difference in beating an even worse super villain – breast cancer.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Ming-Na Prescribes Breast Cancer Awareness
On the hit NBC series ER, complete strangers rely on actress Ming-Na’s medical expertise to save their lives. But Ming-Na never imagined that a real health crisis – breast cancer – would strike so close to home.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Miss USA Supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness
“Breast and ovarian cancer awareness are the official causes of Miss USA,” Castillo says. “I am the fifth title holder to promote this cause. I’m working with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to help raise money and awareness.”
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Raises New Hope, with Mattie Stepanek and Jerry Lewis
For 38 years Jerry Lewis has been single-mindedly focused on perfecting the art of compassion as the driving force behind the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. And his “kids” are enjoying ever-healthier and longer lives because of it.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Sharon Osbourne ‘Unstoppable’ In Beating Colon Cancer
Sharon Osbourne is frequently described by her husband Ozzy as “unstoppable.” Never has that remark been more appropriate than when describing Osbourne’s passion for helping people with colon cancer.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Singer-Songwriter, Soraya, Offers Message Of Hope To Women With Breast Cancer
A voice of hope and survival for women with breast cancer, Latina singer-songwriter Soraya is using her powerful voice for more than just hit records.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Tara Lipinski Skates Past DVT
Figure skating diva Tara Lipinski accepted her Olympic gold medal with total elation. But her joyous smile hid the pain caused by a damaged hip that later would require surgery – and put her at risk for a little known but potentially deadly condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
(Celebrity Speak Out)
TLC Provides FYI On HIV
Over the past 12 years the group TLC has sold more than 27 million albums; more than any other female group in history. Now the group’s two remaining members, Tionne
(Celebrity Speak Out)
"Breast Cancer Can Be Beaten", by Cheryl Greene
On March 22, 1996 I was diagnosed with Stage III, High Risk, Inflammatory Breast Cancer. My doctor told us that I would probably live until Christmas. I decided that I would not give up. I had too much to live for!
(Women's Health Champions)
"Living With It" - Judy Pickett Is Outrunning Breast Cancer and Setting the Pace for Other Women
Three-time breast cancer survivor Judy Pickett, currently undergoing chemotherapy, is more than halfway to her goal of running 100 cancer benefit races throughout the country to show that women with breast cancer can lead a full and active life.
(Women's Health Champions)
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", with Ms. Kellie Greene
Ms. Kellie Greene is the National Spokesperson for the Pfizer/YWCA “Moving Past Trauma PTSD Community Outreach Program and founder of SOAR (Speaking OutAbout Rape).
(Women's Health Champions)
Dr. Donnica becomes 'Doc on Call' for "First for Women" Magazine
“While no magazine columnist can take the place of a woman’s private consultation with her own physician, my hope is that this column can give women useful information to encourage them to see their own physicians when necessary,” said Dr. Donnica.
(Press Release)
DrDonnica.com Launches Clinical Trials Listing
The Clinical Trials Center includes general information about clinical trials participation, and now lists specific on-going clinical trials looking to recruit women.
(Press Release)
Do Women Need Male Hormones?
What do we know about recent reports that menopausal women may benefit from taking male hormones, or testosterone? How can this be?
(Radio Transcript)
Hip and Knee Replacement for Osteoarthritis
Patients with osteoarthritis should be aware that surgery is not always the only option. What other types of interventions can help this condition?
(Radio Transcript)
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Side Effects
For many menopausal women, hormone replacement therapy is a great solution to a number of bothersome menopausal symptoms. However, some women experience side effects, which are sometimes as annoying as the symptoms the medicine was meant to treat. What should women do?
(Radio Transcript)
Hormones and Vision
Women are often accused of having our hormones affect the way we see things. Scientists have confirmed, however, that our hormones do affect our vision.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen--progesterone--HRT--ERT--do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT 101
Estrogen—progesterone—HRT—ERT—do you know the difference? We hear a lot about hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, yet 7 out of 10 women cannot name the two most important female hormones.
(Radio Transcript)
HRT After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Risk of Cancer Recurrence or Mortality
More good news was recently revealed in the debate about hormone replacement therapy--or HRT--and breast cancer!
(Radio Transcript)
HRT and Mental Function
A recent review of the literature sponsored by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may clear up some of the confusion about the impact that hormone replacement therapy may have on improving mental function in postmenopausal women.
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HRT and Osteoarthritis of the Knee
More good news for women on hormone replacement therapy: Australian researchers have shown that women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may get protection from osteoarthritis of the knee.
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HRT and Your Heart
Three studies presented at this year’s American College of Cardiology's Annual Meeting (3/01) indicate that estrogen helps improve several markers of cardiovascular disease.
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HRT Use Prevents Osteoporotic Fractures
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (6/13/01) supported the importance of early menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent fractures from osteoporosis.
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Is there a relationship between Breast Cancer and HRT?
Are you confused about hormones and breast cancer?
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Is There a Relationship Between Breast Cancer and HRT?
Are you confused about hormones and breast cancer? While the relationship between estrogen and breast cancer is not crystal clear, doctors generally agree that estrogen does not cause breast cancer, although it may cause an existing cancer to grow.
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Is There a Relationship Between Breast Cancer and HRT?
Are you confused about hormones and breast cancer?
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Low Dose HRT and Cholesterol
It has long been known that hormone replacement therapy--HRT--can raise the good cholesterol and lower the bad cholesterol levels in menopausal women. Now researchers from Columbia University have shown in a large-scale clinical trial that low-dose HRT is also effective at managing cholesterol levels.
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Low Dose HRT Works
According to the journal Fertility and Sterility (June 2001), women considering estrogen replacement therapy should know that a new low dose combination of estrogen and progestin worked just as well as higher doses did, with fewer side effects.
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The AHA Revises Its HRT Guidelines
According to the AHA, women currently taking hormone replacement therapy or HRT for the non-cardiac benefits do not need to stop. But women should not start taking hormones just because of concerns about preventing heart trouble, especially if they already have heart disease.
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The Use of HRT in Women with Diabetes
Read a radio transcript discussing the effects of hormone replacement therapy in women diagnosed with diabetes.
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Women of Color and HRT
Women of color believe that they are not at risk for the consequences, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. But in fact, women of color after menopause have higher rates of heart disease, and if they do develop osteoporosis, they have more complications. Read more about Hormone Replacement Therapy in this article!
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Arthritis in General
Arthritis is common in women mostly because of the hormones, which probably have an influence on the immune system. The female hormones might be influencing the immune system and cause arthritis in women.
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Back Pain
“Oh, my aching back!” This common complaint can signal many different medical problems, both physical and psychological.
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Colon Cancer Prevention
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States killing 56,000 Americans per year.
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Does Estrogen Have a Role in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease?
Is there a relationship between estrogen and Alzheimer’s disease? Several studies suggest there is: and that there is a beneficial role for estrogen to play in Alzheimer’s prevention.
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Drug Interactions--What You Should Know
Most people aren’t aware that any medicine they take may interact with other medicines, or even with certain foods and beverages.
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Five Questions to Ask Before Taking Any New Medicine
You often hear that you should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about medicines. This is great advice--but what questions should you ask?
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Happy Mothers’ Day
When was the last time your mother had a general check-up? Many women neglect their annual Pap smears and pelvic exams after they’ve finished having children or gone through “the change”; is your mom one of them?
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Heart Disease:  Reducing Your Risks
Read a radio transcript discussing the high risk of heart disease in women.
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Is it hot in here, or is it just me?
Menopausal hot flashes have become the news flashes of this decade. Now that the Baby Boomers are entering menopause at a rate of 4,000 per day, hot flashes are a popular topic of conversation. But what are they, really?
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Is it Hot in Here, or is it Just Me?
Menopausal hot flashes have become the news flashes of this decade. Now that the Baby Boomers are entering menopause at a rate of 4,000 per day, hot flashes are a popular topic of conversation. But what are they, really?
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Is There a Blood Test for Menopause?
It seems as though you can go to the doctor’s and get a blood test for just about anything these days--is there a blood test for menopause?
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Menopause and Heart Disease
What was once only whispered about in ladies rooms is now cover story material in news rooms: hot flashes are news flashes as 4,000 American women enter menopause each day. But doesn’t it seem that every week there’s a new study on hormone replacement therapy—often with confusing results?
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Menopause and Sexuality
While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive life, it does not mean the end of her sex life. Studies show that women on estrogen replacement notice the least change in their sexual interest and in their sexual satisfaction.
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Menopause and Sexuality
One survey of 1,000 women over 50 found that a majority of menopausal women claim their sexual desire and interest in sex is just as robust as before menopause.
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Menopause and Sexuality
While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive life, it does not mean the end of her sex life.
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Menopause with Patti LaBelle
What was once only whispered about in ladies’ rooms is now cover story material in news rooms: hot flashes have become news flashes!
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Now Is the Time to Prevent Bone Loss
Twenty-two million American women have osteoporosis, but most don’t know it. The first sign of the disease--bone loss-- is painless; it causes no symptoms until a minor fall becomes a serious accident!
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Osteoporosis Prevention
Osteoporosis is a disease of pediatrics that shows up in geriatrics. The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to ensure that children, teenagers and young women get an adequate calcium intake. . .it’s like putting money in the bank.
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Osteoporosis Prevention
Osteoporosis is a disease of pediatrics manifested in geriatrics. The best way to way to prevent osteoporosis is to ensure that children, teenagers and young women get an adequate calcium intake.
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Osteoporosis Treatment
For years the diagnosis of osteoporosis was overlooked because there weren’t many treatment options for women who couldn’t take estrogen. Estrogen replacement therapy remains the gold standard for osteoporosis prevention and treatment, although it’s not for everyone.
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Osteoporosis Treatment
For years the diagnosis of osteoporosis was overlooked because there weren’t many treatment options for women who couldn’t take estrogen. Estrogen replacement therapy remains the gold standard for osteoporosis prevention and treatment, although it’s not for everyone.
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Reducing Your Waist and Other Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Hearing about risk factors for heart disease can be scary and frustrating. What should we do with this information? Here with some good news about risk factor reduction is Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, President of the American Health Association:
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What is Menopause?
Patti LaBelle went into menopause 10 years ago. Having launched a new CD, a national concert tour, a new book, and a new television show all within one year, she’s thrown the phrase “Finished At Fifty” out the window. This is not your mothers’ menopause! But what is menopause?
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What Can You Do to Decrease your Risk for Heart Disease?
Heart disease is the number one killer of American men AND women. Yet, surveys show that most women don’t consider heart disease an important health problem for them. The good news is that many heart attacks could be prevented by modifying risky behavior.
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What Can You Do to Decrease your Risk for Heart Disease?
Heart disease is the number one killer of American men AND women. Yet, surveys show that most women don’t consider heart disease an important health problem for them. The good news is that many heart attacks could be prevented by modifying risky behavior.
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What Causes Varicose Veins?
Up to one third of women develop varicose veins—and this is not just a cosmetic problem. For some women, these distended veins in the legs can cause pain, swelling, cramps, and even skin ulcers.
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What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a relatively common, but poorly understood group of cancers of the tissues that form blood cells. Leukemia may affect anyone from children to the elderly.
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What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma and leukemia are often confused: they both start with L and they are both cancerous conditions. Lymphomas are cancers that arise in the lymphatic system or lymph nodes.
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What is Menopause?
The average age of menopause in America is 51, but women can start having symptoms in their 30’s or 40’s. If you have these symptoms, don’t dismiss them as just stress or fatigue; see your doctor.
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What is Menopause?
When you think of menopausal women, do you think of vital, active women like Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle or Lauren Hutton? This is no longer your mothers’ menopause. But what is menopause anyway?
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What is Menopause?
Tina Turner turned 60 this year, throwing the phrase “Finished At Fifty” out the window. This is not your mothers’ menopause. . .But what is menopause?
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What is Menopause?
Tina Turner turned 60 this year, throwing the phrase “Finished At Fifty” out the window. This is not your mother's menopause. But what is menopause?
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What is Perimenopause?
Are you a woman over 35 having changes in the length, flow or frequency of your period? Have you experienced a momentary flush of intense heat on your face and upper body, lasting from one to 3 minutes? Have you experienced interrupted sleep by night sweats?
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What is the Women’s Health Initiative?
The importance of the Women’s Health Initiative is that it should help us finally learn whether or not taking hormones for post menopausal women really increases the risk for having breast cancer or decreases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
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Women and Lung Cancer
While breast cancer is the cancer that most women fear the most, lung cancer is actually the number one cancer killer of American women and accounts for one out of every 5 cancer deaths in women.
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Eating Disorders
Eating Disorder Health Links and Resources
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