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Hormone Therapy

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Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she naturally stops having menstrual periods. Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years. The average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51 years. Most women enter a transitional phase in the years leading up to menopause called ...

April 2015

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BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations

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Cancer is a complex disease thought to be caused by several different factors. A few types of cancer run in families. These types, called “hereditary” or “familial” cancer, have been linked to changes in genes that can be passed from parents to children. Changes in genes are called mutations. He...

March 2015

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Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results

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What is cervical cancer screening? Cervical cancer screening is used to find abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. Screening includes the Pap test and, for some women, testing for a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) (see FAQ085 Cervical Cancer Screening). Gy...

January 2015

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Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods

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What is dysmenorrhea? Pain associated with menstruation is called dysmenorrhea. Gynecologic Problems What is dysmenorrhea? How common is dysmenorrhea? What are the types of dysmenorrhea? What is primary dysmenorrhea? What causes primary dysmenorrhea? When does the pain as...

January 2015

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Cholesterol and Women's Cardiovascular Health

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What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty, wax-like substance. Your body uses cholesterol to make the outer coverings of cells. Cholesterol is a part of certain hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. It also helps your body make vitamin D and produces the bile that helps you digest food...

December 2014

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These Tests Could Save Your Baby's Life: Newborn Screening Tests

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Why does my baby need newborn screening tests? Although most babies are healthy when they are born, every U.S. state requires that newborn screening tests be performed on all babies to identify those that may look healthy but have a rare and serious health problem. If problems are found early, tr...

December 2014

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Accidental Bowel Leakage

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What is accidental bowel leakage? Accidental bowel leakage is loss of normal control of your bowels. It also is called fecal incontinence. This condition leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool (feces) or gas. Women's Health What is accidental bowel leakage? Why does accidental bowel l...

November 2014

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October 2014

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Reducing Risks of Birth Defects

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What is a birth defect? A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth and affects how a baby looks, functions, or both. Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born, such as a clubfoot or extra fingers or toes. Special tests may be needed to find others, such as heart defe...

October 2014

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

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What causes back pain during pregnancy? The following changes during pregnancy can lead to back pain: Strain on your back muscles Abdominal muscle weakness Pregnancy hormones Pregnancy What causes back pain during pregnancy? How do my back muscles become strained during pregnancy? ...

October 2014

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