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What Do Womens Health Physicians Think Of The Re P Hresh Products
Avoid: Personally i tell all my patients to avoid using any vaginal gels, suppositories, or douches unless prescribed. When left alone, the vagina does an excellent job at taking care of itself. Any additional products run the risk of washing out good bacteria, upsetting the pH (acid level), and causing things like bacterial vagnosis or yeast infections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good questions: I believe in the value of probiotics for a host of health related concerns. That being said, which brands, which organisms, which concentrations, etc are best for a given individual are often not readily determined. If you have significant symptoms you are addressing I suggest you consult with a physician. ...Read more
I just received RePhresh gel and RePhresh Pro-B from my doctor for my BV. Can you use the two together?
Yes: The RepHresh gel is a vaginal acidifier and makes the vaginal pH unfavorable for the growth of anaerobic bacteria just as the normal peroxidase positive lactobacillus do. The RepHresh Pro-B provides good probiotic bacteria to repopulate the good bacteria. There is no problem using them together. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Are there any studies done on post-menopausal women starting on bio-identical hormones? Since most physicians don't care; does anyone, since its about health and quality of life for the woman and not the 'bottom line' (money)?
There : There are various tests that physicians sometimes do before starting on bio-identical hormones however, non of the tests are standardized so they don't really help in determining your dose of medication. The tests generally include the 3 different types of estrogens, an fsh level and sometimes testosterone level. Menopausal symptoms are treated based on how it is affecting lifestyle. The fsh level is helpful to see where you are in the menopause process. The estradiol/estrone/estriol check before and after starting on the hormones to ensure that you are not using too much hormones as the medication is compounded by a pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies are doing a much better job with creating the medications in specific standardized doses. Some women only need vaginal hormones while those who have hot flashes may need topical or oral medications. There are pharmaceutical grade bio-identical hormones as well such as estrace, prometrium, (micronized progesterone) climara, and vivelle, which will by covered most insurance companies. There are compounding pharmacies in kirkland, issaquah, bellevue and seattle. ...Read more
Still seeing doctors for health issues - awaiting FLC result. SPEP normal but flagged very low beta band - not malnourished, what could this mean?
Is AST always supposed to be lower than alt? Both of my values are always around AST 24/ ALT 18. Doctors never mentioned wrong ratio. I am 59 yo female, excellent health, workout 6 days/week.
More men: Most of this is due to the fact that there are just more male physicians. In 1975 women only made up 20% of doctors. Now there are graduating about 50% women from medical schools. Check out (goo.Gl/agnpy) for a pdf with a better explanation including trends. Best way to fix this is to encourage young women to apply for these positions. Also check out #missrep on twitter for updated info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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