This week we saw a wide variety of questions come into our community. Women asked about hormone replacement after an oopherectomy, treating hemorrhoids and handling yeast infections. Our moderators provided resources and answers to these health questions as well as many others. Do you have a health question you need an answer for? Post it to our community, and we promise to respond within 24 hours.
Here are some of our top ASKs in the EmpowHER community this week.
1. I am suffering from hemorrhoids, what's some information about them and how can I treat them?
A: Aside from being very unpleasant, hemorrhoids are bulging veins that feel thick and lumpy and can be found inside or outside the anal and lower rectal area of the body. They can cause painful bowel movements, discomfort, pain and bleeding -- another reason why an official diagnosis is a good idea since rectal and anal bleeding can have many causes -- some very serious.Read the full answer here.
2.Can testosterone increase my sex drive after an oopherectomy?
A: Testosterone is an experimental treatment used to raise a woman's sexual interest, arousal, and satisfaction. Women with low androgen levels who might benefit from low-dose testosterone therapy, including women who have had an oophorectomy. Testosterone is made in small amounts by a woman's adrenal glands and ovaries.Read the full answer here.
3. I am having some white discharge and am feeling very itchy, what could be the cause?
A: It sounds like you have a vaginal yeast infection. A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva, which are the tissues at the vaginal opening. The fungus candida causes a vaginal yeast infection. Your vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast, including candida, and bacteria. Lactobacillus bacteria produce acid, which prevents yeast overgrowth. That balance can be disrupted and lead to a yeast infection. Too much yeast in your vagina causes vaginal itching, burning and other classic signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.