Women's health encompasses so many areas and all body systems. If you want to have good fertility and a healthy and happy pregnancy, you need to be in optimal health. Check out all of our women's health topics.

What Is Osteoporosis?

There are some health conditions for which women specifically tend tounfortunately be predisposed to. One such condition is osteoporosis, and if you don't know much about it then you need to learn and beproactive. ... read more »

Women Who Work Hourly Shifts Are More Likely to Miscarry

Many women do not have this type of regularity in their jobs and they have to work hourly shifts that can switch at any time. Besides being exhausting, this type of work schedule can also affect a woman’s fertility and menstrual cycles.  ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

How Obesity Affects Infertility and Pregnancy

Obesity in men and women has a significant negative impact on fertility, it increases infertility, and it also increases pregnancy complications. ... read more »

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a medical term used to describe an infection that affects reproductive organs. The condition can be diagnosed independently or as a symptom of STDs. ... read more »

What is a 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 »

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 »

Pregnancy Fashion: Button Down and Go!

The button down is comfortable and easy to put on for those days when you have five minutes to get dressed, and the last thing you want to think about is what you should wear! ... 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 »

Speculum Examination

A speculum is a device used to look inside the vagina and check the cervix and do a Pap Papanicolaou smear. There are a number of shapes and sizes of speculums they may use. ... read more »

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

In March 2012 new recommendations for cervical cancer screening have been released by two separate groups: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and a multidisciplinary partnership among the American Cancer Society/American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology/American Society for Clinical Pathology (ACS/ASCCP/ASCP). ... 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 »

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 »

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

PCOS is the most common hormonal reproductive problem. ... read more »

What Every Woman Needs to Know About 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 »

What You Need to Know About 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 »

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 »

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) is a condition that causes feelings of intense genital arousal in females. The condition may or may not cause genital engorgement and orgasm. ... read more »

Does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Change at Menopause?

Researchers are looking at how male hormone levels change as women with PCOS grow older. ... read more »

Predicting Borderline Ovarian Tumor Relapse

BOTs (Borderline Ovarian Tumors) carry a higher risk of relapse ' up to30%. Factors associated with relapse have not been accurately identified leaving doctors with incomplete prognostic information prior tosurgery. ... read more »

Parenteral Therapy Resistance and Tubo-Ovarian Abscess (TOA)

Parenteral therapy bypasses the gastrointestinal system and hits the circulatory system directly. Researchers from the Yokohama City University Medical Center have attempted to find risk factors that could predict therapy resistance in tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). ... read more »

Prevalence of Vaginal Candidiasis in Young Women

Nigerian researchers recently published a study on vaginal candidiasis in The Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal showing a high rate of vaginal candidiasis in women with vaginal infections. ... read more »

Safety of Indomethacin IUD: Random Control Study

Researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital report indomethacin IUD are effective and carry a low risk of complications, including expulsion, bleeding and pain. ... read more »

How are Fibroids Treated?

After being diagnosed with fibroids or uterine fibroids, treatment is discussed with the patient. There is a long list of treatment options, with a specific treatment plan individualized including one or more treatments for each patient. ... read more »

How Do I Know I Have Fibroids?

By the age of 50, about 50% of women will have suffered from fibroids;many of whom would never have known the fibroids existed if it weren'tfor advanced diagnostic techniques. ... read more »

What are the Risk Factors for Fibroids?

Fibroids development occurs when cells, genetically different from other uterine cells, multiply to create a mass. The mass can develop within the uterine wall, in the uterine cavity or on the outside wall of the uterus. ... read more »

What You Need to Know About Yeast Infections

Yeast is a type of fungus that lives in our bodies and thrives in warm, moist environments. Normally, yeast doesn't bother us, but in certain conditions, it can multiply and cause infection. ... 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 »

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 »

Types of Hysterectomy

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Endometrial Hyperplasia

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

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