Understanding menopause’s broad reach and responding to its many symptoms

Menopause affects bone health and sexual health. It can affect mood and emotional well-being, sleep and weight. It also can increase the risks for different cancers or for falls. The average person reaches menopause at […]

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Preventing fractures in postmenopausal patients

Bone health often is overlooked and undertreated in postmenopausal patients, even though appropriate management is critical to lower the risk of fracture and potentially catastrophic falls. Estrogen protects bones by inhibiting osteoclast cells, which break […]

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Sexual health best practices for physicians of female patients with cancer

Sexual health is important for any adult’s well-being, but patients with cancer face a new set of challenges when it comes to sexuality. Laila S. Agrawal, M.D., breast cancer oncologist with Norton Cancer Institute, is […]

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Does menopausal hormone therapy increase the risk of breast cancer?

The decision whether or not to take hormone therapy (HT) after menopause is not made in a vacuum. Breast cancer risk is influenced by lifetime estrogen exposure and genetic risk factors. HT is just one […]

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Discussing heart disease risk with patients as they enter menopause

As a natural phase of life, menopause offers a perfect opportunity to reflect with a patient on heart health and potential lifestyle changes — before she loses the “protective” effect of estrogen. Heart disease is […]

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Symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause

After menopause, a woman who presents with a burning sensation like a urinary tract infection (UTI) may well have genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), formally called vulvovaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis. Women often will tell […]

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‘MedChat’ CME podcast: ‘Common Issues in Women’s Health’

The latest episode of the “MedChat” podcast, “Common Issues in Women’s Health” is now available. Often times, when female patients seek medical attention it is either for a specific complaint or their annual wellness exam. […]

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Younger patients may be reluctant to bring up early signs of menopause

Some women begin experiencing perimenopause as early as their late 30s, with symptoms lasting anywhere from two to eight years leading up to menopause in the usual late 40s to early 50s. Younger patients may […]

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Advanced therapies for overactive bladder

Patients referred for advanced therapies for overactive bladder can expect either Botox injections, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation or sacral neuromodulation, according to J. Ryan Stewart, D.O., a urogynecologist with Norton Urogynecology Center. OnabotulinumtoxinA, or Botox, […]

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Gynecologic oncologist Steve H. Pursell, M.D., returns to Norton Cancer Institute

Steve H. Pursell, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist, has returned to Louisville’s leading cancer care provider to practice alongside Lynn Parker, M.D., at the Norton Cancer Institute Women’s Cancer Center in downtown Louisville. Refer a Patient […]

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Using the T-ACE and 4P’s substance abuse screening tools with pregnant women

Successfully treating pregnant women for opioid use requires building a relationship with the patients, who often are experiencing shame and guilt as a result of their drug use, according to Jonathan W. Weeks, M.D., maternal-fetal […]

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When to refer to a urogynecologist

Knowing when to refer a patient for specialized urogynecology care isn’t always clear, and the guidelines aren’t necessarily uniform. “We want all of our patients to have the best experience and not make appointments with […]

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