Dr. Mary Gallenberg
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Dr. Mary Gallenberg
If I have my ovaries removed before I'm 50, will I be more likely to have dementia when I get older? In brief: You might, but more research is needed to know for sureDEMENTIA FEMALE HEALTH
Ovary removal (oophorectomy), often done in conjunction with hysterectomy, has a dramatic effect on your body before menopause.
What causes a blighted ovum? In brief: A blighted ovum, also called an anembryonic pregnancy or anembryonic gestation, occurs when a gestational sac develops without an embryo — often due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized eggANEMBRYONIC PREGNANCY BLIGHTED OVUM FEMALE HEALTH OVUM
A blighted ovum usually occurs in the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she's pregnant.
Does testosterone therapy help increase sex drive in women? What are the pros and cons? In brief: Research shows that the hormone testosterone improves sex drive — as well as other sexual problems — in certain women with sexual dysfunctionANDRODERM LIBIDO MALE HEALTH SEX SEXUAL DRIVE TESTODERM TESTOSTERONE YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH FEMALE HEALTH
But the long-term safety of testosterone therapy for women is unknown.
Does having a tilted uterus make it more difficult to conceive? In brief: A tilted uterus, also called a tipped uterus or retroverted uterus, is a normal anatomical variationFEMALE HEALTH
It shouldn't interfere with your ability to conceive.
I read somewhere that folic acid supplements are beneficial for women with heavy periods. How does folic acid help heavy periods? In brief: Folic acid supplements won't relieve heavy periodsHEAVY PERIODS FEMALE HEALTH FOLATE FOLIC ACID FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTS FOLVITE HEAVY PERIODS HYPERMENORRHEA HEAVY OR PROLONGED MENSTRUAL BLEEDING SUPPLEMENTS
The problem with having heavy periods is that you can develop anemia — a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues.
How does HPV cause cervical cancer? In brief: When a woman is exposed to genital human papillomavirus (HPV), her immune system usually prevents the virus from doing serious harmCANCER CERVICAL CANCER FEMALE HEALTH HPV HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS
But in a small number of women, the virus survives for years.
Is it harmful to have sex if I have a vaginal infection? In brief: That depends on the cause of your vaginal infectionSEX SEXUAL INTERCOURSE VAGINAL INFECTIONS VAGINITIS FEMALE HEALTH YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
Medically speaking, it's OK to have sex when you have a vaginal infection (vaginitis) if the cause isn't a sexually transmitted infection.