Ob/Gyn Dr. Thomas Wiley will be online Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 8 to 9 p.m. CST to answer your “girl talk” questions. Post your questions at any time. Check back Tuesday to ask a question while he is online.To ask a question, submit a comment on this page in the “Leave a Reply” box.Dr. Wiley grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi and is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he also completed his residency and internship in obstetric and gynecology. Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Wiley is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association. He has served in a number of leadership capacities, including participation on the Advisory Board of the Mississippi Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for which he also served as Vice Chairman and Chairman. He has also served on the board of Baptist Health Systems.
I am 52 and I have had MS for two years. My period stopped for 15 ,months and two months ago it started again and is extremely heavy and lasts for about 7 days. What do I do now?
Turning 50, at what point can I expect menopause to kick in?
I have been on antibiotics for a sinus infection and feel that I might be getting a yeast infection. I think I remember reading somewhere that this could happen. I have never had one before and wonder if I should be doing anything to prevent it from getting worse.
I would recommend that you contact your gynecologist for evaluation. Menopause is defined as the cessation of menses for greater than one year, and any bleeding after the menopause, called postmenopausal bleeding, in not normal. Your doctor will most likely recommend testing to rule out a significant cause of the bleeding. Testing may include an ultrasound, an endometrial biopsy, or maybe a D&C. Most of the time the causes of postmenopausal bleeding is due to benign conditions but sometimes can indicate premalignant or even malignant abnormalities.
The average age at menopause is 51 to 52, but the normal range is age 45 to 55, so it is hard to predict when yours will happen. Some women will have regular periods and then suddenly stop completely. Others will begin skipping period, spacing out, and then stop. Some women will experience the “dreaded” hot flashes and night sweats, while others sail through with no problem at all. If the hot flashes do become a significant problem, there are medications, including hormones and non hormonal medications, which can help get you through. If you experience any unusual bleeding during the premenopausal period, such as prolonged bleeding, heavy bleeding, or irregular periods, contact your gynecologist.
Kim,Yeast infection after taking antibiotics is a common occurance. Antibiotic not only kill bad bacteria but the normal bacteria that is found in the vagina. When the normal vaginal bacteria are killed, yeast will sometimes begin to grow, causing the itching, burning, and discharge. There are medications, some over-the-counter and some prescription preparations, that can give you relief. There is also a prescription oral medication, a one time dose, that treats vaginal yeast infections. Some women who know that everytime they take antibiotics they will get a yeast infection will go ahead and take it when they start the antibiotic.
I only got 2 out of the 3 Gardicil (sp?) shots.. I missed my appt for thethird & forgot to reschedule.. can I go at anytime & get the third or do Ihave to start all over with the first?
Heather,Gardasil is a vaccine which has been proven to reduce a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. It is recommended that all women receive the vaccine, ideally before becoming sexually active. Most insurances will cover the vaccine up to age 26. Gardasil is a three shot series, with the second injection 2 months after the first and the third injection at 6 months. If a woman fails to complete the series as in your case, it is recommended that she to go ahead and get the last shot, even if it is late. It is not recommended that you restart the series.
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