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Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, Director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health and Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health, is nationally known for her leadership in women's health.

How the 3 Stages of Menopause Affect You (Infographic)

Every woman knows that menopause is in her future. But most women don’t realize they’ll spend far more time in perimenopause than in menopause. We explain each stage of menopause, how long it lasts and why symptoms occur.

Urinary Leakage Is Not a Normal Part of Aging (Video)

One in three women can involuntarily leak urine. This is not normal, and it’s not a normal part of aging. The good news is that this problem can be treated. Recently, new medical guidelines published by the American College of Physicians state that medical management should be a first-line treatment for leaky bladders. Some women … Read More

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

Menopause is a natural stage of life, and is not something that always must be treated with medicine. However, if your menopause-related symptoms are bothersome, you may wish to talk with your doctor. This is especially important if your symptoms interfere with your daily activities. Among the most bothersome of menopause-related symptoms are hot flashes and night sweats. These … Read More

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

One of the common changes for women as they grow older is to lose a small amount of height — most women will lose up to an inch. This happens because you lose the space in the discs that support the bones in your spine. To keep your bones healthy as you get older, make … Read More

Why Sex Is Good for Your Health, Especially Your Heart

Sex offers more than a feeling of intimacy or pleasure — it also offers incredible health benefits. Besides the emotional aspects and feelings of well being, it can be good for your heart, relieve pain and help you sleep restfully. It also can ease headaches, despite common beliefs to the contrary. How sex helps your … Read More

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

If you feel like you’ve lost your libido, there’s a lot to consider. Sex drive and the things that affect it are complicated. It is also dependent on personal relationships. Add into these the biological need to reproduce, which naturally will diminish to some degree as we all age. Medical problems, hormonal differences, marital problems, … Read More

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

Women’s health news continues to dominate, inform, and affect our lives and imaginations. Below, I highlight some of the most influential advances in women’s health of this past year. Some involve new treatments or ways to approach therapy that can help many women, particularly after menopause. 1. Hormone therapy after age 65 – A new look … Read More