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Week of April 1, 2002

    Question:   I am a 22-year-old female. I have 2 genetic clotting disorders, Factor V and a Prothrombin mutation. I have been on coumadin since I was 19-years-old after finding several clots in my left leg. I have been told I must stay on anticoagulants for life. For obvious reasons I stopped taking the ortho novum I was on to prevent pregnancy. I know that coumadin does cause birth defects...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 30-years-old and have 3 children. I've recently started to lose weight and a friend told me about "lipotropic injections." She said it would help me lose weight faster and help suppress my appetite. Where can I find out more about this and is it safe?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have recently been diagnosed with mononucleosis. I'm almost positive that my girlfriend will develop it, because we have been kissing intimately when I didn't know I had it. Am I able to still hang out with her and be intimate? Am I allowed to kiss her if we are both infected? If I get over the mononucleosis but she still has it, and we kiss, will I get it again? If we both have it, is it okay that we kiss intimately?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer