Hi lynn1960 and welcome to the community! This slideshow on coping with menopause symptoms has a piece on hairloss (and it might be helpful just to look through the entire thing). If you routinely color you hair, it suggests making sure the dye you use is free of harsh chemicals, and also limiting your exposure to the sun as it drys out your hair. This section of our hair loss center focuses on fighting hair loss in women and is filled with information. This slideshow on thinning hair causes and solutions may also prove helpful.
Here is some information on postmenopause that you may find it helpful to read through. Your symptoms should decrease as you enter postmenopause -- which you are considered to be in after you have not had a period for a year. If you haven't had a period for 10 years and you are just beginning to experience these symptoms again, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor about them. Please let us know what you find.View Thread
Here is what our FAQ has to say about birth control and menopause: "You will know for sure that you have experienced menopause when you have not had your period for an entire year. Until you have gone one year without a period, you should still use birth control if you do not want to become pregnant. After menopause, you should continue to practice safer sex techniques by using latex condoms to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections." Since its been 5 years since your last period, you do not need to continue using birth control. You can read more frequently asked questions and their answers here .View Thread
"According to a new WebMD/Medscape survey, some 95% of health care professionals say they sometimes prescribe antibiotics to patients even when they aren't sure they're needed." Meanwhile, 21% patients say they sometimes ask for antibiotics when they aren't sure they're needed.
See who is most likely to prescribe antibiotics, how many patients accept doctor's advice when told antibiotics are not needed, and more results and findings from the survey here .
In addition, take our new quiz to test your antibiotic smarts and find the answers to what illnesses you always need antibiotics for, if it's okay to take antibiotics prescribed to someone else and more.
Do you worry about antibiotic resistance? Have you taken, been prescribed, or asked for antibiotics when you weren't sure you needed them?View Thread
First of all, welcome to the Community! While you wait for others on the board to hopefully chime in with their experiences, you may be interested in looking through some reviews from other WebMD readers of Vagifem in our Drugs & Medications Center. Hope this helps!
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