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Ovarian Cysts

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What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their childbearing years. A woman can develop one cyst or many cysts. Ovarian cysts can vary in size. In most cases, cysts are harml...

July 2014

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant

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What are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods? Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. Both methods are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for several years, and are easy to use. Both are r...

July 2014

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Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring

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What are combined hormonal birth control methods? Birth control pills, the birth control patch, and the vaginal birth control ring are combined hormonal birth control methods. They contain two hormones: estrogen and progestin. Contraception What are combined hormonal birth control metho...

July 2014

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery

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What are the types of pain-relieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery? In general, there are two types of pain-relieving drugs: 1) analgesics and 2) anesthetics. Analgesics relieve pain without total loss of feeling or muscle movement. They are used to lessen pain but usually...

March 2014

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Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy

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Why is smoking dangerous during pregnancy? If you smoke during pregnancy, your baby is exposed to harmful chemicals such as tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, so less oxygen and nutrients reach the fetus. Carbon monoxide decreases the amount of oxygen ...

December 2013

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Birth Control - Especially for Teens

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What things should I think about when choosing a birth control method? To choose the right birth control method for you, consider the following: How well it prevents pregnancy How easy it is to use Whether you need a prescription to get it Whether it protects against sexually transmitted dise...

December 2013

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Emergency Contraception

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What is emergency contraception? Emergency contraception is the use of certain methods to prevent pregnancy after a woman has had sex without birth control, if her current method fails, or if she is raped. Contraception What is emergency contraception? What types of emergency contr...

October 2013

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The Rh Factor: How It Can Affect Your Pregnancy

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What is the Rh factor? Just as there are different major blood groups, such as type A and type B, there also is an Rh factor. The Rh factor is a protein that can be present on the surface of red blood cells. Most people have the Rh factor—they are Rh positive. Others do not have the Rh factor—the...

September 2013

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Treating Infertility

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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 the FAQ Evaluating Infertility). Infertility can be caused by a number of factors. Both male and female factors can contribute to infer...

April 2013

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Hormone Therapy

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The average age when a woman has her last menstrual period is 51 years. Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 1 year. The years leading up to menopause often are called perimenopause. This is a time of gradual decrease in estrogen levels and changes in the menstrual cycle. I...

April 2013

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