Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD is nationally known for her leadership in women's health. She is the Director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health at Cleveland Clinic and the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health, with special interests in menopause and related medical problems, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women's health.

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There is Help for Your Hot Flashes, Night Sweats (Video)

Tags: hormone replacement therapy, hormone therapy, hot flashes, menopause, perimenopause, sleep, video, videos

For most women, short-term hormone therapy is the best solution to hot flashes and night sweats and can prevent menopause-associated bone loss. But hormone therapy is not for everyone.


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Should You Worry About Shrinking as You Get Older? (Video)

Tags: bone density, bone health, geriatric, geriatric health, osteoporosis, video, videos

To keep your bones healthy as you get older, make sure your diet includes foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients are essential to maintain strong bones, but they cannot reverse or treat bone loss.


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Why Sex Is Good for Your Health, Especially Your Heart

Tags: Headaches, migraines, pelvic floor surgery, sex, sex and heart health, stress

Sex offers more than a feeling of intimacy or pleasure -- it also offers incredible health benefits. It can be good for your heart, relieve pain, help you sleep restfully, and it can even ease headaches.


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How to Get Your Sex Drive Revved Up as You Age (Video)

Tags: female sexual dysfunction, relationships, sex, sexual dysfunction, video, videos

Sex drive and the things that affect it are complicated. Find out specifically what can affect desire and how you can work with your doctor if you need help rekindling the romance.


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Top 10 Women’s Health Advances and What They Mean for You

Tags: diagnostic tests, fertility, hepatitis C, hormone therapy, hot flashes, HPV, hysterectomy, incontinence, infertility, innovations, Mediterranean diet, menopause, osteoporosis, treatments

Find out about 10 of the most influential advances in women's health of this past year, including updates in the use of hormone therapy in women after menopause.


Menopause: Solutions to 8 Miserable Symptoms (Infographic)

Menopause: Solutions to 8 Miserable Symptoms (Infographic)

Tags: hormone therapy, hot flashes, infographic, menopause, Menopause Symptoms, periods, Speaking of Women's Health

Discover the most common symptoms of menopause, from hallmark hot flashes to skin and hair changes. Then get our expert's recommendations on hormone therapy and other solutions.


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5 Biggest Reasons Women Don’t Enjoy Sex

Tags: female sexual dysfunction, hormone, hormone therapy, libido, sex, sexual health

Some women struggle to enjoy sex. It's a common and complicated issue that can make women and their partners feel isolated or less connected. It's important to address with your doctor as there are treatments available.


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There’s Help for Women Who Can’t Achieve Orgasm

Tags: female sexual dysfunction, hormones, sex, sexual dysfunction, sexual health

We don't often think about what needs to happen to go from arousal to a satisfying orgasm. Unfortunately, some women find they cannot climax during sex. The good news is that this is a treatable problem.


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Women and Low Sex Drive: Why It Happens, How to Help It

Tags: libido, sex, sexual dysfunction, sexual health

Sex has a long list of benefits and helps partners feel connected, so why does low libido occur? It may come down to the basic drives that help us survive. Of course, it's more complicated than that. Read on.


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How to Beat Weight Gain After Menopause

Tags: exercise, hot flashes, menopause, perimenopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, postmenopausal, weight gain

Weight gain in menopause is common, but it’s not inevitable. If the aging process is ganging up on your weight loss goals, here are some tips to fight back.