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The Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy


What is influenza the flu Influenza the flu is more than a bad cold It usually comes on suddenly Signs and symptoms may include fever headache fatigue muscle aches coughing and sore throat It can lead to complications such as pneumonia Some complications can be lifethreatening Pregnancy What is in...

October 2015

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Cell-free DNA Prenatal Screening Test (Infographic)

PFSI008 How the Test Is Done CELLFREE DNA PRENATAL SCREENING TEST What is it The cellfree DNA prenatal screening test also called cfDNA test screens for certain conditions caused by an abnormal number of chromosomes It does not test for all types of chromosomal disorders Screening tests are used t...

September 2015


Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth


What is preterm labor Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy Changes in the cervix include effacement the cervix thins out and dilation the cervix opens so that the fetus can enter the birth canal Pr...

September 2015

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Diagnostic Tests for Birth Defects


What are prenatal diagnostic tests Prenatal diagnostic tests are tests that can detect certain disorders before a baby is born Pregnancy What are prenatal diagnostic testsnbsp How are prenatal diagnostic tests different from screening testsnbsp What is a birth defectnbsp What is a genetic disorder...

September 2015

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Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Human immunodeficiency virus HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS HIV can enter the bloodstream through contact with an infected persons body fluids such as blood or semen This can happen during sex or by sharing needles used to inject drugs An infected woman who is...

August 2015

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Early Pregnancy Loss


What is early pregnancy loss The loss of a pregnancy during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy the first trimester is called early pregnancy loss miscarriage or spontaneous abortion Pregnancy What is early pregnancy lossnbsp How common is early pregnancy loss What causes early pregnancy loss Are ther...

August 2015

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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 adults see FAQ041 Your Changing BodyEspecially for Teens Hormones also...

August 2015

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Alcohol and Women


What is atrisk drinking Atrisk drinking means drinking more than seven drinks a week or three drinks on a single day Atrisk drinking also includes binge drinking Womens Health What is atrisk drinkingnbsp What is binge drinkingnbsp How does my body process alcohol What are the health risks of atris...

August 2015

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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 2015

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What is laparoscopy Laparoscopy is a type of surgery In open surgery an incision is made in the skin This means making an incision that can be several inches long in the abdomen Laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery using small incisions usually no more than 12 inch long Laparoscopic surgery somet...

July 2015

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