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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

FAQ085

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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Cholesterol and Women's Health

FAQ101

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a natural substance that serves as a building block for cells and hormones. Most of the cholesterol in your body is made by the liver. A small amount also comes from certain foods, such as meat, dairy products (such as butter, whole milk, and cheese), and eggs....

July 2014

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Cervical Cancer

FAQ163

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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Heart Health for Women

FAQ122

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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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

FAQ167

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

FAQ024

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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It's Time to Quit Smoking

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What are the dangers of smoking? Smoking is a leading cause of death in women. Lung cancer causes more deaths in women than any other type of cancer, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Another smoking-related disease, heart disease, is currently the number one killer of women in the Unit...

June 2014

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