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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)


What is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)? Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It is a common illness. Pelvic inflammatory disease is diagnosed in more than 1 million women each year in the United States. Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs when bacteri...

May 2011

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When Sex Is Painful


How common is painful sex? Pain during intercourse is very common—nearly 3 out of 4 women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives. For some women, the pain is only a temporary problem; for others, it is a long-term problem. Gynecologic Problems How common is painful ...

May 2011

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Your Sexual Health


What causes sexual problems in women? Some common causes of sexual problems in women include the following: Aging—A woman's libido (another term for interest in and desire for sex) and sexual activity sometimes decrease with age. This decrease is normal and usually is not a cause for concern, but...

May 2011

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Genital Herpes


What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Genital herpes is probably best known for the sores and blisters it causes. These sores can appear around the lips, genitals, or anus. The place where the sores appear is the original site where the virus entered your...

May 2011

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What is vaginitis? Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. As many as one third of women will have symptoms of vaginitis sometime during their lives. Vaginitis affects women of all ages but is most common during the reproductive years. Gynecologic Problems What is vaginitis? Wha...

August 2011

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HIV and Women


How does human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection occur? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enters the bloodstream through certain body fluids—in most cases, blood or semen. Once in the blood, the virus invades and kills cells of the immune system. These cells are white blood cells called CD4...

August 2011

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Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C


What are hepatitis B and hepatitis C? Hepatitis B is an infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. Both diseases are contagious and can lead to serious, long-term illness. Women's Health What is hepatitis?  What are hep...

July 2012

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HIV and Pregnancy


What is human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). How do you get HIV? HIV enters the bloodstream by way of body fluids, such as blood or semen. Once in the blood, the virus invades and kills CD4 c...

December 2012

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You and Your Sexuality (Especially for Teens)


What happens during puberty? When puberty starts, your brain sends signals to certain parts of the body to start growing and changing. These signals are called hormones. Hormones make your body change and start looking more like an adult’s (see the FAQ Your Changing Body—Especially for Teens. Hor...

March 2013

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Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis


What are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis? Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These three STDs can cause serious, long-term problems if they are not treated, especially for teenagers and young women. Gynecologic Problems What are gonorrhea, c...

September 2013

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