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April 2017

FAQ094, April 2017

What are genes? A gene is a small piece of hereditary material called DNA that controls some aspect of a person’s physical makeup or a process in the body. Genes come in pairs.


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April 2017

FAQ179, April 2017

Pregnancy What is carrier screening? What is a carrier? What are the chances of having a child with a genetic disorder? How is carrier screening done? When can carrier screening be done? Do I have to have carrier screening? What carrier screening tests are available? Who should have carrier screening? What is targeted carrier screening? What is expanded carrier screening? Is one approach better than the other? What choices do I have if my partner and I are carriers of a genetic disorder? How accurate is carrier screening? Are results...


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April 2017

FAQ075, April 2017

What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms in or on an ovary. Ovarian cysts are very common. They can occur during the childbearing years or after menopause. Most ovarian cysts are benign (not cancer) and go away on their own without treatment. Rarely, a cyst may be malignant (cancer) (see FAQ096 Ovarian Cancer).


FAQ056, April 2017

Pregnancy What is a preconception care checkup? Who should have a preconception care checkup? Why is a healthy diet important? How can I make sure my diet is healthy? How can being overweight affect my pregnancy? How can I lose weight if I am overweight? How can being underweight affect my pregnancy? Should I take a vitamin supplement? Why is it important for me to get enough folic acid before I get pregnant? Why is it important for me to get enough iron? Can my lifestyle affect my pregnancy? How can my environment affect my pregnancy? Ca...


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April 2017

FAQ127, April 2017

Gynecologic Problems What is vulvodynia? What does vulvodynia feel like? What are some of the possible causes of vulvodynia? How is vulvodynia evaluated? How is vulvodynia treated? What are some steps that I can take to help with my pain? What medications are used to treat vulvodynia? Can physical therapy help with vulvodynia? What is trigger point therapy? Can a nerve block help relieve pain? What is cognitive behavioral therapy? When is surgery recommended for vulvodynia? Glossary What is vulvodynia? The external female genital are...


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April 2017

FAQ055, April 2017


Birth Control Learn about choosing the right birth control method for you. Some examples include the birth control pill, intrauterine device (IUD), patch, condom, or implant. Cancer Screening Learn more about breast cancer, colon cancer, or other types of cancer. Vaccinations Get vaccinations against the flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), and more. Health Screening Get screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density for osteoporosis, and more. Depression Screening Depression is a common but serious illness. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. To diagnose depression,...


FAQ026, March 2017

What is a benign breast condition? A benign breast condition is one that is not cancer. These problems often go away on their own or are easily treated. Because a few benign breast conditions can increase your risk of getting cancer in the future, you may need to have follow-up tests or exams with your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional.


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March 2017

FAQ095, March 2017

What is a normal menstrual cycle? The normal length of the menstrual cycle is typically between 24 days and 38 days. A normal menstrual period generally lasts up to 8 days.


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January 2017

PFS013, January 2017

Listeria and Pregnancy Listeriosis is a foodborne illness caused by a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than the general population. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems also are at greater risk. Although listeriosis usually causes only mild, flu-like illness in a pregnant woman, it can be life-threatening for her fetus. In more serious (but rare) cases, it can lead to death in a pregnant woman. It is important to contact your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional if you have si...


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