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.

Obesity, Overweight, and Infertility

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.

PCOS - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Diagnosis and Treatment

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels, and appearance.

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.

Menorrhagia or Metrorrhagia - 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Endometrial Hyperplasia

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

Adenomyosis

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

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.

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.

False-Positive Mammogram Results Trigger Lingering Anxiety, Stress

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

Birth Control for Cancer Prevention

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ladies, Get Up & Move; 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.

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.”

Vaginismus

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

Treatment-Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells Fight Back Against Chemotherapy

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

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.

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.

Rare Vaginal Reconstruction Surgery Helps Scleroderma Patient “Feel Like a Woman Again”

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

Types of Hysterectomy

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

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.

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.

It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Get Screened and Get Help

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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