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Cervical Cancer Screening (Infographic)

PFSI009 Your obgyn or other health care professional takes a sample of cervical cells and sends them to a lab for testing For a Pap test the sample is tested to see if abnormal cells are present For an HPV test the sample is tested for infection with HPV types linked to cancer If you are younger t...

February 2016


Annual Well-Woman Exam Infographic

Birth Control Learn about choosing the right birth control method for you Some examples include the birth control pill intrauterine device IUD patch condom or implant Cancer Screening Learn more about breast cancer colon cancer or other types of cancer Vaccinations Get vaccinations against the flu...

December 2015


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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What is vulvodynia Vulvodynia is chronic longlasting pain and discomfort of the vulva that is not caused by an infection skin disease or cancer It is likely that many factors including those related to the bodys nerves hormones or immune system are involved Gynecologic Problems What is vulvodynia ...

June 2014

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New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening


Cervical cancer screening can find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer Screening includes the Pap test and for some women testing for human papillomavirus HPV A Pap test used to be recommended for most women every year However this recommendation has changed recently Most ...

September 2013

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Preparing for Surgery


What is the difference between outpatient surgery and inpatient surgery Outpatient surgery also called ambulatory or sameday surgery does not require an overnight stay in the hospital meaning that you can go home the same day if your condition is stable You will need someone to drive you home Outp...

August 2011

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Chronic Pelvic Pain


What is chronic pelvic pain Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the pelvic area that lasts for 6 months or longer Chronic pain can come and go or it can be constant Sometimes chronic pelvic pain follows a regular cycle For example it may occur during menstruation It also can occur only at certain times...

August 2011

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Making the Most of Your Health Care Visit


To achieve the best health you need to be an active member of your health care team One way to be involved in your health care is to prepare for and actively participate in your visits with your health care provider This fact sheet outlines steps you can take to get the most from your health care ...

July 2011

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Endometrial Hyperplasia


What is endometrial hyperplasia Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus endometrium grows too much It is a benign not cancer condition In some cases however it can lead to cancer of the uterus Gynecologic Problems What is endometrial hyperplasia How does th...

May 2011

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