Women's health refers to health issues specific to human female anatomy such as female genitalia and breasts or to conditions caused by hormones specific to, or most notable in women. Women's health issues include menstruation, contraception, pregnancy, maternal health, child birth, menopause and breast cancer. They can also include medical situations in which women face problems not directly related to their biology, for example gender-differentiated access to medical treatment.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is so important to the life of an animal that it is made in every organ system and used in every cell; it only becomes a problem when too much of it is consumed via animal-rich diet. ... read more »

Women's Health Guide: Topics A-Z

This women's health guide covers just about everything affecting the health of women: mentally, emotionally, and physically. ... read more »

Estrogen

Estrogen, the hormone most closely associated with women, actually represents several specialized female hormones that play various roles at various stages throughout a woman’s life. ... read more »

Uterine Fibroids - Leiomyoma Uteri

Fibroids, or uterine fibroids, are growths that originate in or on the uterus, specifically the smooth muscle of the uterus or myometrium. Fibroids typically develop during child-bearing years with up to 75% of women suffering from the growths during their lifetime. ... read more »

Obesity, Overweight, Infertility, and Pregnancy

The current obesity epidemic isn’t just limited to the United States; many developed countries are showing similar trends as their diets and lifestyles become more like life in the US. ... read more »

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - PID

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that more than 750,000 women suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID affects reproductive organs, including the fallopian tubes and uterus as a result of bacterial infection. ... read more »

What is Colposcopy and Why is it Used?

A colposcopy procedure is performed by your healthcare provider as a tool to evaluate your cervix, vagina and/or vulva for abnormal findings. ... read more »

Endometrial Hyperplasia

Endometrial hyperplasia is the thickening of the uterine endometrium (lining of the uterus). ... read more »

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a condition in which the tissue lining the uterus, the endometrium, grows through the myometrium (the wall of the uterus). ... read more »

BRCA Mutation

BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are not gender specific and can affect both men and women. A genetic counselor can discuss with you your individual risks and recommend certain methods of genetic testing. ... read more »

Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a condition causing chronic pain of the vulva without an known or identifiable cause with varying symptoms among women. ... read more »

Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates as many as 5.2 million Americans 65 or older have the disease in 2014. Half a million Americans die from the disease each year. ... read more »

What is a Cold Knife Cone Biopsy Procedure?

A cone biopsy is used to remove abnormal cervical tissue for evaluation and treatment of certain conditions. ... read more »

Loop Eletrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

Loop Electrosurgical excision procedure, known as a LEEP, is a surgical procedure which removes abnormal tissue on the cervix using an electrically charged wire loop. ... read more »

Fibromyalgia

The pain of FM is often described as an aching or throbbing pain deep in the muscles. Sometimes the pain is said to be an intense burning sensation or a stabbing or shooting pain. ... read more »

Post-Menopausal Bleeding

With the most common cause of postmenopausal bleeding being vaginal or endometrial atrophy, there is always a concern of the presence of endometrial cancer, as 10% of women with PMB have the disease. ... read more »

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are common among women during reproductive years. Many women have fibroids, but location, growth pattern and size determine whether or not symptoms develop. ... read more »

How is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Treated?

Because there is no cure for PCOS, it needs to be managed to prevent problems. Treatments are based on the symptoms each patient is having and whether she wants to conceive or needs contraception. ... read more »

Alternative Treatment for Menopause

Suffering from hot flashes and/or night sweats but do not want to take estrogen?'' Here are some non-estrogen options: ... read more »

The Story Of Menstruation

Walt Disney made a movie about menstruation. In 1946, Disney released "The Story Of Menstruation" as an educational aid for sex ed classes. ... read more »

Medical Therapy in Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

PCOS is characterized by oligo-amenorrhea, clinical and/or biochemical hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovaries, and, often, morbid obesity. ... read more »

Hot Flashes

The term hot flash is one most women in menopause are familiar with. Hot flashes are characterized by a sudden rise in body heat focused on the upper half of the body. Racing heart beat, sweating, and nausea are also common symptoms associated with the typical menopause hot flash. ... read more »

Menopause Alternative Treatments – 5 You Need to Know

At the end of a woman's reproductive life, there is menopause. By the time women enter their menopause years, most are finished having children and many have grandchildren running around. Natural menopause gradually reduces estrogen, progesterone, and other female hormone levels in the body. ... read more »

Hormone Replacement Therapy

When women think about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), they may immediately imagine pills taken every morning to curb the worst menopause symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is available in forms other than pills. ... read more »

Complementary and Alternative Therapies For Hypothyroid

People diagnosed with hypothyroidism need medical treatment, but nutrition and herbs can help support conventional treatment. ... read more »

Brown Vaginal Discharge - What Does It Mean?

Brown vaginal discharge can be a cause for concern as it may indicate a pregnancy and an early miscarriage or other issues such as infection or hormonal problems. ... read more »

Pap Papanicolaou Smear - Results

A Pap test short for Papanicolaou test is a test done during a cervical or vaginal examination. Cells frrom the time of the cervix are scraped off and examined to check for precursors or actual cetvical cancer. Results from the Pap test can either be normal or they can show other results. ... read more »

All About the Pap Smear

A Pap smear or Pap test is a routine test performed once or twice a year on women during their yearly gynecological check-up. ... read more »

Vaginal Itching With Or Without Pregnancy A Symptom of Vulvovaginitis

Vaginal itching is of a symptom associated with vulvovaginitis which affects women in every age group.. ... read more »

Thick Creamy White Discharge, or Milky White Vaginal Discharge

A thick creamy milky white vaginal discharge is normal and could be the first pregnancy sign and symptom. ... read more »

Halakhah - Jewish Law and Women's Health

The word "halakhah" (aka halacha, halakha, halachah or halochois) is usually translated as "Jewish Law". A more literal (and more appropriate) translation might be "the path that one walks." The word is derived from the Hebrew root Hei-Lamed-Kaf, meaning to go, to walk or to travel.  ... read more »

Sexual Dysfunction

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines sexual dysfunction as sexual difficulties that last six months or longer, causing extreme distress and strained relationships. ... read more »

Birth Control for Cancer Prevention

The risk of developing certain forms of cancer can be decreased by using hormonal birth control. ... read more »

Toxic Shock Syndrome

While uncommon, toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening condition caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and group A streptococcus (streptococcus pyogenes). ... read more »

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is an autoimmune disease, causing the immune system to attack one’s own healthy body tissue just as the immune system does when it works to destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. ... read more »

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cases of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a form of joint degeneration related to autoimmune function, have gone up in women in recent years, affecting 9.8 per 1,000 American women in 2005. ... read more »

Stroke

Many people survive a stroke, with varying degrees of recovery, but brain damage is often permanent. Data indicates one in five women (20%) will have a stroke during her lifetime. ... read more »

Lung Cancer

Exposure to cigarette smoke causes as many as 443,000 deaths in the United States each year; an additional 49,000 lung-cancer deaths are caused by secondhand exposure. ... read more »

Autoimmune Diseases in Women

An autoimmune disease is a disease characterized by antibodies, proteins created by a person against their own immune system. ... read more »

Heart Disease

Heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, accounts for the death of one out of every four women. ... read more »

Vaginismus

Vaginismus is an involuntary condition in which the muscles of pelvic floor tighten when intercourse is attempted. ... read more »

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD)

Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a group of rare tumors that occur in pregnancy. GTD involves abnormal growth of cells inside a woman's uterus and usually starts in the tissue that would normally become the placenta, in the layer of cells called the trophoblast that normally surrounds an embryo. ... read more »

Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy is a condition in which the vagina experiences effects due to hormonal changes which cause thinning, drying and inflammation of the walls of the vagina. ... read more »

Cosmetic Procedures

Many people enjoy the results of cosmetic procedures to enhance the body and improve physical appearance even when no injury or illness prompts it. ... read more »

Types of Hysterectomy

As with many surgeries, there are varying types of hysterectomies depending on the reason it is being performed. ... read more »

Unintended and Unplanned Pregnancy

An unintended or unplanned pregnancy is unwanted or unintended, either because the timing of the pregnancy is not right, or it's not planned, or the pregnancy is not wanted when it was conceived. ... read more »

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, are growths that originate in or on the uterus, specifically the smooth muscle of the uterus or myometrium. Fibroids typically develop during child-bearing years. ... read more »

Hymen and Hymenectomy

A hymenectomy is a minor surgical procedure. A hymenectomy is usually indicated when there is a hymen that is complete and which has no opening ... read more »

Hydatidiform Mole (H.Mole or HM)

An Hydatidiform mole (H.mole or HM) is a type of gestational trophoblastic disease which involves the abnormal growth of cells inside a woman's uterus and usually starts in the tissue that would normally become the placenta, An HM is made up of villi, placental parts that have become swollen with fluid. The swollen villi grow in clusters that look like bunches of grapes ... read more »

Laparoscopy - What is it?

A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure in which a telescope is inserted into the abdomen, usually in the area around the belly button, in order to examine the abdominal and/or pelvic organs. ... read more »

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