Ask Dr. Jen: What is estrogen’s role in breast cancer?

breast cancerI’ve received several questions lately about estrogen’s role in breast cancer. Estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer is on the rise, as is environmental exposure to xenoestrogens, which are estrogen-like compounds that exist in our environment. So how do you decrease your risk?

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Ask Dr. Jen: What’s the Best Method for Hormone Delivery?

Dear Dr. Jen, I’ve been taking compounded hormones for about 12 years, but I have started gaining weight and can’t seem to lose it. I decided to ween myself off them because I found out that my body has kind of stopped absorbing them like it should. Or should I find a different way to absorb them and stay on them?

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Ask Dr. Jen: Sex after Baby

new mom and dadMy boyfriend and I used to have sex all the time. Then I got pregnant and I didn’t want it all the time. Then I had my baby girl, and now I’m never in the mood. I try to take it for the team to keep him happy, but it hurts so bad! We tried everything – lube, jelly, everything – and I can never get in the mood, probably because I’m scared it’s going to hurt. Please help!

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Ask Dr. Jen: Why is birth control killing my sex drive?

birthcontrol1Dear Dr. Jen, I’m 23 and have been married for a year and a half. I went on the pill at 18 and had no sex drive. I finally switched to the Mirena IUD two months ago hoping it would help, but I haven’t noticed any change. Should I give Mirena more time? Or should I give up on birth control altogether? I feel like I’m missing out and I know my husband feels that way too.

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