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December 2018

FAQ106, December 2018

What is depression? Depression is a common but serious illness. It is more than just feeling sad or upset for a short time or feeling grief after a loss. Depression changes your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and physical health. It can affect how you relate to your family, friends, and coworkers. It can occur at different times of life or in different situations. It also can occur as part of other disorders.


FAQ098, December 2018

Why may special tests be needed during pregnancy? Special testing during pregnancy most often is done when there is an increased risk of pregnancy complications or stillbirth. This can occur in the following situations: High-risk pregnancy (a woman has had complications in a previous pregnancy or has a pre-existing health condition such as diabetes mellitus or heart disease) Problems during pregnancy, such as fetal growth problems, Rh sensitization, or high blood pressure Decreased movement of the fetus Pregnancy that goes past 42 weeks (postterm pregnancy) Multiple pregnancy with certa...


Smoking during pregnancy is dangerous for you and your fetus. If you use cigarettes or e-cigarettes, now is the time to quit.


FAQ198, November 2018

How does breast cancer treatment affect younger women? Women younger than age 45 years can face several health challenges after treatment for breast cancer, including the possibility of early menopause, sexual problems, and fertility problems.


FAQ011, November 2018

What is sterilization? Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. Sterilization procedures for women are called tubal occlusion. The procedure for men is called vasectomy.


FAQ162, November 2018

What are menopause and perimenopause? Menopause is the time when a woman’s menstrual periods stop permanently. Menopause is confirmed after 1 year of no periods. The average age of menopause is 51 years, but the normal range is 45 years to 55 years.


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November 2018

FAQ128, November 2018

What is thyroid disease? The thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck in front of your trachea (or windpipe). The thyroid gland makes, stores, and releases two hormones—T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine). Certain disorders can cause the thyroid gland to make too much or too little hormone. Women at risk of thyroid disease include those who have or have had an autoimmune disease (such as diabetes mellitus).


18.
October 2018

FAQ013, October 2018

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus.


FAQ183, October 2018

What are the pelvic organs? The pelvic organs include the vagina, uterus, bladder, urethra, and rectum. These organs are held in place by muscles of the pelvic floor. Layers of connective tissue also give support.


20.
October 2018

FAQ008, October 2018

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.


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