Category Archives: Women’s general health

Women more prone to headaches than men?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have heard that women get migraine headaches more often than men. Is this true? A: This is generally true because of the fluctuating nature of a woman’s hormonal system. The changing levels of hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle, can cause more water retention and constriction of…

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Menopause and Nutrition

Q: Dear Dr. Mao. I am approaching menopause and I have noticed changes in my body. I have added a few pounds and my menstruation is becoming irregular. I am dieting and began an exercise program, but I would like your opinion on any special approaches to general wellness related to aging and menopause. A:…

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Way to get hormone levels in balance?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What is the best way to check my hormone levels in order to get them in balance? A: A thorough hormone workup is best ordered and conducted by an endocrinologist. For female hormone levels, your gynecologist may also be able to order the proper tests. Once you obtain the detailed reports,…

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Supplements for women?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What supplements should a woman take in addition to a daily multi-vitamin? A: Supplement use greatly depends on the age of the woman in combination with her physical conditioning. In addition to quality multivitamins, females close to the age of menopause should take calcium and vitamin D. During postpartum recovery, iron-rich…

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Way to eliminate excess yeast?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a way to eliminate the excess yeast that causes yeast infectons? A: It isn’t possible to eliminate Candida albicans permanently. No matter how successful a treatment may be, as soon as it is stopped, candida will return. It has to because it is a natural inhabitant of the body….

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Avoiding yeast infections?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a way to avoid a yeast infection in the first place? A: To decrease the amount of yeast in the body, it is recommended to avoid certain substances, including antibiotics, corticosteroids, birth control pills, sugar, and most sweet foods. It is most important to restrict sugar in the diet,…

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