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 »

Successful Vaginal Reconstruction Surgery for Scleroderma Patient

Doctors recently announced the successful outcome of a rare vaginal reconstruction surgery on a female scleroderma patient who suffered severe complications of the condition. ... read more »

What Tests are Used to Diagnose Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam - possibly including an ultrasound, check your hormone levels, and measure glucose, or sugar levels, in the blood. ... read more »

What Causes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

No one knows the exact cause of PCOS. Women with PCOS frequently have a mother or sister with PCOS. But there is not yet enough evidence to say there is a genetic link to this disorder. ... read more »

What are the Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Many women have only a few and others have many symptoms. These are some of the symptoms of PCOS. ... 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 »

How Does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Affect a Pregnant Woman?

There appears to be a higher rate of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, and premature delivery in women with PCOS. ... read more »

Why Do Cancer Treatments Differ from Person to Person?

Researchers from Australia seem to be one step closer to solving the mystery of why cancer treatments work in one patient but not another. ... read more »

Sitting Linked to Bone, Breast, Ovarian Cancer

A new study from the American Cancer Society revealed an increased risk of cancer for women who spend lots of their leisurely moments sitting down. ... read more »

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Get Screened and Help

The goal of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to spread the word about screening tests that can identify dangerous eating behaviors and let people know where to find help. ... read more »

Preconception Health for Women

Before heading out for an adventure at sea, ship captains must prepare the ship for the journey. The same can be said for pregnancy. Physical pregnancy may last 40 weeks or about nine months, but preparation for that journey starts months or years in advance. ... read more »

False-Positive Mammogram Results Trigger Lingering Anxiety

A Swedish study finds the stress and anxiety generated by a false-positive mammogram can linger as long as a year. ... read more »

What if I Become Pregnant With Fibroids?

Fibroids result from the growth of genetically altered uterine cells. The cells divide over and over again until a rubbery mass forms. The mass can be small; undetectable during a normal pelvic exam. ... read more »

Endometrial Hyperplasia

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

Does PCOS Put Women at Risk for Other Conditions?

Women with PCOS can be at an increased risk for developing several other conditions. Irregular menstrual periods and the absence of ovulation causes women to produce the hormone estrogen, but not the hormone progesterone. ... read more »

Why Does PCOS Cause Menstrual Cycle Issues?

The ovaries are two small organs, one on each side of a woman's uterus. A woman's ovaries have follicles, which are tiny sacs filled with liquid that hold the eggs. These sacs are also called cysts. ... read more »

Health Insurance

Health insurance is a term for third-party protection against the cost of medical care for prevention, illness, or injury. Pregnancy-related expenses are usually covered according to plan and location ... read more »

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

In some countries and cultures, female genital mutilation is considered culturally accepted. The practice varies widely from one culture to the next, but all cultures remove some portion of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. ... read more »

Ovarian Cancer: Diagnosis and Staging

If you have any of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer, which include frequent bloating, pain in the pelvis, difficulty eating, and urinary issues, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor. ... read more »

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding With Or Without Pain

Menorrhagia is diagnosed when you have a regular cycle but the menstrual bleeding lasts longer than usual while menometrorrhagia is heavy bleeding, that is associated with increased pelvic pain. ... 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 »

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 »

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): Diagnosis and Treatment

PCOS is the most common hormonal reproductive problem in women of childbearing age and it can cause infertility. ... 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 »

Women's Health Issues

When planning for pregnancy, it is important for women to take care of their health. They can do this by periconception and preconception planning, getting regular checkups and screenings and having regular mammograms. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Gynecologic and Other Cancer

Every six minutes, an American woman is diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, including cervical, endometrial, ovarian, peritoneal, tubal, vaginal and vulvar cancers. ... read more »

Proper Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnant women used to be told to eat for two during pregnancy. But eating for the baby is much more involved than simply eating more food. ... 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 »

Postcoital Bleeding (Bleeding After Intercourse)

Bleeding after intercourse, also referred to as postcoital bleeding, describes vaginal bleeding or spotting experienced during or after sex which is not related to your menstrual period. ... read more »

Cranberries Not Effective in Preventing UTIs

Oh the joys of being a woman:  periods, monthly mood swings, lumpy breasts, and for many, recurrent Urinary Tract Infections! UTI’s account for nearly one in four bacterial infections in women, over 50% of us will develop a UTI in our lifetime. ... 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 »

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 »

Female Viagra Gets FDA Approval; Critics Ask Why

Earlier this month, a panel of advisors for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 18-6 in favor of approval of a flibanserin, a pink pill touted as the “female Viagra.” ... read more »

Vaginismus

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

Save Women’s Lives: Promote Breastfeeding

If 90% of US mothers breastfed their babies it would prevent 14,000 heart attacks in women per year. ... 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 »

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 »

Fertility Check-Ups Growing Trend for 20-Something Women

A recent news segment broadcast on Chicago’s local CBS TV station spotlights a growing trend for seemingly healthy women in their 20s: fertility assessments. ... read more »

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