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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)


What are common signs and symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS Common PCOS signs and symptoms include the following Irregular menstrual periodsMenstrual disorders can include absent periods periods that occur infrequently or too frequently heavy periods or unpredictable periods Infertility P...

March 2015

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Treating Infertility


What is infertility Infertility is defined as not having become pregnant after 1 year of having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control see FAQ136 Evaluating Infertility Infertility can be caused by a number of factors Both male and female factors can contribute to infertility ...

March 2015

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How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)


What are sexually transmitted infections STIs Sexually transmitted infections STIs are infections that are spread by sexual contact Sexually transmitted infections can cause severe damage to your bodyeven death Except for colds and flu STIs are the most common contagious easily spread infections i...

March 2015

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BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations


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 Hereditary bre...

March 2015

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Your First Gynecologic Visit (Especially for Teens)


When should I have my first gynecologic visit An obstetriciangynecologist obgyn is a doctor who specializes in the health care of women Girls should have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 years and 15 years Especially For Teens When should I have my first gynecologic visit Is it...

March 2015

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Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods


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 associated with primary dysmenorrhe...

January 2015

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Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results


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 Gynecologic ...

January 2015

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Cholesterol and Women's Cardiovascular Health


What is cholesterol Cholesterol is a fatty waxlike 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 Womens ...

December 2014

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


Why does my baby need newborn screening tests Although most babies are healthy when they are born every US 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 treatment...

December 2014

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Accidental Bowel Leakage


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 Womens Health What is accidental bowel leakage Why does accidental bowel leakage occur What ...

November 2014

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