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


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...

September 2013

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Gestational Diabetes


What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is diabetes mellitus that develops in women for the first time during pregnancy. Some women found to have gestational diabetes actually may have had mild diabetes before pregnancy that was not diagnosed. Pregnancy What is gestational dia...

September 2013

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What is menopause? Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause, or “around menopause.” Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years that began in puberty. Women's Health What is menopaus...

February 2013

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Your First Period (Especially for Teens)


What is puberty? Puberty is a time when your body begins to change to become more like an adult’s. 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 bod...

December 2012

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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 th...

July 2012

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A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes


What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes mellitus (also called "diabetes") is caused by a problem with insulin. Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the body's cells where it can be turned into energy (see the FAQ Diabetes and Women). Pregnancy health care providers often call diabetes that...

December 2011

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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 periods—Menstrual bleeding may be absent, heavy, or unpredictable; Infertility—PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility; Obesity—Up ...

August 2011

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Diabetes and Women


What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not use it as it should. Insulin is a hormone that helps balance the amount of glucose in your blood. Normally, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose. Glucose is then carried to the ...

August 2011

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)


What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? Many women feel physical or mood changes during the days before menstruation. When these symptoms happen month after month, and they affect a woman's normal life, they are known as PMS. Gynecologic Problems What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?  ...

May 2011

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