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Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus

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Human immunodeficiency virus HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS HIV can enter the bloodstream through contact with an infected persons body fluids such as blood or semen This can happen during sex or by sharing needles used to inject drugs An infected woman who is...

August 2015

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Laparoscopy

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What is laparoscopy Laparoscopy is a type of surgery In open surgery an incision is made in the skin This means making an incision that can be several inches long in the abdomen Laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery using small incisions usually no more than 12 inch long Laparoscopic surgery somet...

July 2015

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Ovarian Cysts

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What is an ovarian cyst An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms on the ovary Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their childbearing years A woman can develop one cyst or many cysts Ovarian cysts can vary in size In most cases cysts are harmless and...

July 2015

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Multiple Pregnancy

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How does multiple pregnancy occur A twin triplet or higherorder pregnancy four or more babies is called multiple pregnancy If more than one egg is released during the menstrual cycle and each is fertilized by a sperm more than one embryo may implant and grow in your uterus This type of pregnancy r...

July 2015

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Exercise After Pregnancy

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What are some of the benefits of exercise for postpartum women Exercise has the following benefits for postpartum women It helps strengthen and tone abdominal muscles It boosts energy It may be useful in preventing postpartum depression It promotes better sleep It relieves stress Labor Delivery an...

June 2015

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Prenatal Development: How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy

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How does pregnancy begin Fertilization the union of an egg and a sperm into a single cell is the first step in a complex series of events that leads to pregnancy Fertilization takes place in the fallopian tube Over the next few days the single cell divides into multiple cells At the same time the ...

June 2015

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Your Changing Body: Puberty in Girls (Especially for Teens)

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What is puberty Puberty is the time when your body changes and becomes more like an adult When does puberty start It is normal for changes to start as early as 8 years old or as late as 13 years old Puberty starts when your brain sends signals to certain parts of the body to start growing and chan...

May 2015

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

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What is pelvic inflammatory disease PID Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the female reproductive organs It is a common illness Pelvic inflammatory disease is diagnosed in more than 1 million women each year in the United States Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs when bacteria move fr...

May 2015

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Your First Period (Especially for Teens)

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What is puberty Puberty is a time when your body begins to change to become more like an adults Starting your menstrual period is one of these changes What is a menstrual period When puberty begins your brain signals your body to produce hormones Some of these hormones prepare your body each month...

May 2015

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Induced Abortion

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What is an induced abortion When a procedure is done or medication is taken to end a pregnancy it is called an induced abortion Special Procedures What is an induced abortion What is a firsttrimester abortion How is a firsttrimester surgical abortion performed What kind of pain relief is given for...

May 2015

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