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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 and chan...

May 2015

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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 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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The Menopause Years


What is menopause Menopause is the time in your life when you naturally stop having menstrual periods Menopause happens when the ovaries stop making estrogen Estrogen is a hormone that helps control the menstrual cycle Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years The average age that women go...

May 2015

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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 womans normal life they are known as PMS Gynecologic Problems What is premenstrual syndrome PMSnbsp What are some common sym...

May 2015

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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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21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 (Infographic)

This infographic highlights 21 reasons a woman under the age of 21 should see a gynecologist

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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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 diabetes What is...

September 2013

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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 bodys cells where it can be turned into energy see the FAQ Diabetes and Women Pregnancy health care providers often call diabetes that is present...

December 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 bodys ce...

August 2011

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