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Disorders of the Vulva: Common Causes of Vulvar Pain, Burning, and Itching

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What is the vulva? The external female genital area is called the vulva. The outer folds of skin are called the labia majora and the inner folds are called the labia minora. Gynecologic Problems What is the vulva?  When should I contact my health care provider about vulvar sympt...

July 2014

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Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Diaphragm, Sponge, Cervical Cap, and Condom

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What are barrier methods? Barrier methods of birth control are physical or chemical barriers that prevent sperm from passing through the woman's cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg. Some methods also protect against sexually transmitted disease (STDs). Contraception ...

July 2014

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Cervical Cancer Screening

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What is cervical cancer screening? Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer (see the FAQ Cervical Cancer). Screening includes the Pap test and, for some women, testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) (see the FAQ Human Papillomavirus [H...

July 2014

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Cervical Cancer

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What is cancer of the cervix? A woman’s cervix (the opening of the uterus at the top of the vagina) is covered by a thin layer of tissue made up of cells. Healthy cells grow, divide, and are replaced as needed. Cancer of the cervix occurs when these cells change. Cancer cells divide more rapidly....

July 2014

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How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

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What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread by sexual contact. Sexually transmitted diseases can cause severe damage to your body—even death. Except for colds and flu, STDs are the most common contagious (easily spread) diseas...

July 2014

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection

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What is human papillomavirus (HPV)? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can be passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. More than 100 types of HPV have been found. About 30 of these types infect the genital areas of men and women and are spread from person to person throu...

July 2014

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines

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What is human papillomavirus (HPV)? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can be passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. More than 100 types of HPV have been found. About 30 of these types infect the genital areas of men and women. Gynecologic Problems What is hum...

July 2014

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Fertility Awareness: Rhythm Method, Basal Body Temperature Method, and More

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What is natural family planning? Natural family planning is a form of birth control that is based on the timing of sex during a woman's menstrual cycle. It is not a single method but a variety of methods. Contraception What is natural family planning? What factors influence the suc...

July 2014

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Managing High Blood Pressure

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What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels. A blood pressure reading has two numbers separated by a slash—the systolic pressure and diastolic pressure: The systolic pressure (the top or first number) is the force of blood in the arteries wh...

July 2014

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Heart Health for Women

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What is heart disease? The vessels that supply blood to the heart are called the coronary arteries. The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease. This disease is a narrowing of blood vessels to the heart by the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a fatty substance that forms in the ...

July 2014

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