Hair Loss with Nexplanon

Question: “I have a patient that is complaining of hair loss after having Nexplanon placed. Is that common and if so, is there any treatment for it?” Answer: Dear Doctor H., Hair growth / loss is affected by hormones, especially progestins, so it may be a...

Postmenopausal Bleeding

Question: “I am 45 years old recently menopausal based on no periods for 18 months and confirmation by labs. I recently was having pelvic pressure and went to my ob/gyn. He ordered a transvaginal ultrasound that showed thickened endometrium (15) which he said...

Yeast Cream and Vaginal Ring

Question: When my doctor gave me the vaginal ring for birth control, she said something about not using yeast cream. I think I have a yeast infection. Is it okay to buy a yeast cream? – Anne Answer: Dear Anne: You remembered correctly! There are two types of...

Is the morning after pill an abortion?

Question: The condom broke last night and I would like to take the morning after pill, but I heard it causes abortion. I’m not sure what to do. –Concerned Answer: Dear Concerned: Taking the morning after pill does not cause an abortion. The morning after...

Taking a Break from The Pill

Question: I’m 31 years old and I’ve been on the pill for 10 years. Should I go off to give my body a break? – Emma Answer: Dear Emma: If your health status has not changed since you started the pill, and you do not want to become pregnant at this...

Vaginal Odor?

Question: I honestly think my vagina smells horrible all the time and I don’t know if its in my head……. how do i go about fixing this? – Anonymous, 22 Answer: Dear Anonymous: The most common reason for odor is a condition called bacterial...

Lost Birth Control Pill?

Question: I lost one of my birth control pills so I took the next days in the pack. Is that okay? What should I do if this happens. I don’t want to get pregnant. – Anonymous Mouse Answer: Dear Anonymous Mouse, Yes—you can just continue with the other...

Abnormal gush of blood with an IUD in place

Question: Hi I’ve had a coil fitted for nearly 6 years and I’ve just lost a large amount of jelly like brown discharge. Is this normal Answer: The term coil is used outside the US to refer to a copper IUD, so I will answer the question assuming this is...

Vaginal “smegma?”

Question: “Is it normal for women to have “smegma” of sorts on their clitoris or the lips sometimes as a form of discharge? or does that mean yeast infection or unbalanced pH?” Answer: You made me laugh using the term “vaginal...