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If Your Baby Is Breech


What does it mean when a baby is breech In the last weeks of pregnancy babies usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth This is called a vertex presentation A breech presentation occurs when the babys buttocks feet or both are in place to come out...

April 2015

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What is a hysterectomy Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus It is a very common type of surgery for women in the United States Removing your uterus means that you can no longer become pregnant Special Procedures What is a hysterectomy Why is hysterectomy done Are there alternatives to hyst...

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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Sterilization for Women and Men


Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control Sterilization procedures for women are called tubal occlusion The procedure for men is called vasectomy Contraception What is sterilization How does tubal occlusion work to prevent pregnancy How effective is female sterilization Does female ster...

August 2014

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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)


What is a loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP and why is it done If you have an abnormal cervical cancer screening result your health care provider may suggest that you have a loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP as part of the evaluation or for treatment see the FAQ Cervical Canc...

July 2014

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Ovarian Cysts


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 harmless and...

July 2014

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Ovarian Cancer


What is cancer Cancer occurs when old cells do not die when they should or are damaged Normally the body repairs or destroys such cells Sometimes these cells may grow out of control This causes growths or tumors to form Tumors can be benign not cancer or malignant cancer Benign tumors do not sprea...

July 2014

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Surgery for Stress Urinary Incontinence


What is stress urinary incontinence SUI SUI is a type of urinary incontinence With SUI a woman leaks urine when she coughs laughs or sneezes or during certain activities such as walking running or exercising Special Procedures What is stress urinary incontinence SUI What causes SUI What nonsurgica...

July 2014

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Cervical Cancer


What is cancer of the cervix A womans cervix the opening of the uterus at the top of the vagina is covered by a thin layer of tissue made up of cells Healthy cells grow divide and are replaced as needed Cancer of the cervix occurs when these cells change Cancer cells divide more rapidly They may g...

July 2014

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Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse


What is pelvic organ prolapse Pelvic organ prolapse is a disorder in which one or more of the pelvic organs drop from their normal position see FAQ012 Pelvic Support Problems What organs can be affected by pelvic organ prolapse The organs that can be affected include the following Uterus Top of th...

December 2013

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