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  1. Normal Menstrual Cycle - Menarche and the Teenage Menstrual Cycle

    Menarche is a girl's first menstrual cycle. A first period usually happens after several years of pubic hair growth, breast development, and rapid growth known as a "growth spurt." Menarche most commonly happens sometime between ages 11 and 14.7The first menstrual cycles are usually light and unpredictable. During the first 2 years, a typical teenage menstrual cycle can be anywhere from 21 to 42 .

  2. Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Other Treatment

    Female pelvic pain treatment can be enhanced with counseling, mental skills training, relaxation, and physical therapy treatment. Learn more.

  3. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Home Treatment

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) require prompt medical treatment. If you have any unusual pelvic symptoms or pain, see your health professional without delay, even if your symptoms don't seem serious.

  4. Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for chronic female pelvic pain can be approached in two ways: treating a known, specific cause of the pain or treating the pain itself as a medical condition.

  5. Follicle-Stimulating Hormone

    A follicle-stimulating hormone test measures the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in a blood sample.

  6. Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - When To Call a Doctor

    If you have chronic female pelvic pain that has not yet been evaluated, call your health professional for an appointment.

  7. Functional Ovarian Cysts - Exams and Tests

    If you see your health professional for pelvic pain or bleeding, you'll be checked for a number of conditions, including an ovarian cyst, that may be causing your symptoms. Your evaluation will include a pelvic exam, a history of your symptoms and menstru

  8. Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Topic Overview

    What is early disease detection?Early disease detection is the use of:Screening tests to find diseases before symptoms appear.Diagnostic tests to find a disease early in its course. Why should I think about early disease detection?Often, the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be cured or successfully managed. Managing a disease, especially early in its course, may ..

  9. Menstrual Cycle: Dealing With Cramps

    Most women have painful cramps from their period from time to time. The good news is that you can usually relieve cramps with over-the-counter medicine and home treatment. Pain medicine and home treatment can help ease cramps. Stay ahead of the pain. Take over-the-counter pain medicine,such as ibuprofen (Advil,for example) as soon as you feel cramps or on the day before you get your period. ..

  10. Symptoms of Pelvic Infection - Topic Overview

    Abnormal vaginal bleeding with fever may be caused by an infection in the pelvic organs. During your period, bacteria can travel up the vagina into the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause an infection. This is more common during menstruation but can occur at any time during your menstrual cycle.Symptoms of pelvic infection may include: Pelvic pain, especially during intercourse.Bad-smelling vaginal discharge.Bleeding between periods.Fever.Pelvic infections are usually caused by bacteria. It is important to treat pelvic infections right away to:Prevent scarring of the fallopian tubes. Scarring of the fallopian tubes increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy and can cause infertility.Prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the body.Reduce the risk of passing the infection to your partner.Sexually active women, especially those who have more than one sex partner, are more likely to have pelvic infections. And the risk for infection is increased if you: Have an intrauterine

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