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    1. Gonorrhea - Cause

      Learn what causes trichomoniasis.

    2. Gonorrhea - Cause

      Learn about the causes of syphilils.

    3. Sexual Problems in Women - Other Treatment

      Studies of alternative medicines for sexual problems are limited, but some of them show possible benefits. These include studies of herbal supplements and devices.

    4. Genital Herpes - Topic Overview

      What is genital herpes? Learn about this sexually transmitted disease (STD) that may cause skin blisters and sores in the genital area.

    5. Genital Herpes - Topic Overview

      If the herpes simplex virus (HSV) invades a part of the body other than the genital area, it may cause disease in that part of the body. In general, complications are rare. And they usually occur with the first-time (primary) genital herpes outbreak. Some of these complications include:Meningitis, an infection of the fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) and tissues (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord.Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. This is usually the result of a viral infection.Inflammation of the lower spinal cord and surrounding nerves. This may result in an inability to urinate, loss of feeling and muscle strength in the legs, and constipation.Other areas of the body that can be infected with the herpes virus include:The lips (herpes labialis). These outbreaks are often called cold sores or fever blisters. They are usually mild but may be treated with antiviral medicines if they become severe or more frequent.The hands and fingers (herpetic whitlow).

    6. Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control - Topic Overview

      The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control that is placed in your uterus. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. You can depend on an IUD to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type. Your doctor will remove your IUD when it has reached its expiration date or if you have a medical problem. It's always your choice to have it removed sooner if you want to change birth control methods or plan to become pregnant. How is an IUD removed? An IUD removal normally takes just a few minutes. Most women find it is less painful or uncomfortable than having an IUD inserted. But ask your doctor if it's a good idea to take ibuprofen ahead of time in case of cramping. You will lie on the exam table on your back. Your feet will be in stirrups as they would be for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and look for the IUD strings. The strings usually come through the opening of your cervix. If they aren't

    7. Gonorrhea - What Increases Your Risk

      Risk factors for sexual problems include a current or long - term history of: Exhaustion, often from round-the-clock care of a baby or small children and/or parenting and having a job. And normal hormonal changes linked to pregnancy, recovery from pregna

    8. Gonorrhea - Topic Overview

      The first symptom of syphilis is a sore called a chancre (say shanker) that is usually painless. The sore begins at the site of infection as a small, solid, raised skin sore less than 1 cm (0.4 in.) across. It develops into a red, usually painless open sore with a scooped-out appearance. The sore usually does not bleed.Two or more chancres may develop at the same time, usually in the genital area, but sometimes on the hands, mouth, or other body surfaces.Chancres contain millions of syphilis bacteria and are highly contagious.

    9. Sexual Problems in Women - Treatment Overview

      Many sexual problems can be managed when you understand what is causing them. Effective management requires a high level of comfort between you and your health professional, and possibly your partner. Because a sexual problem often has multiple causes, tr

    10. Gonorrhea - Symptoms

      Read about the symptoms of trichomoniasis, which usually appear within a week of being infected.

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