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  1. The Bethesda System (TBS) - Topic Overview

    The Bethesda system (TBS) of classifying Pap tests was developed by the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) to provide more detailed information about Pap test results. When lab specialists examine cervical cells,they use this system to report the lab results to doctors. Your doctor receives the report from the lab. The report tells your doctor if the cell sample taken during the ...

  2. Hysterectomy Questions - Topic Overview

    When considering a hysterectomy,ask your health professional: What other treatments are available? Will they cure your problem or do they only relieve the symptoms? How long can you wait before treating the problem? Will it get worse without treatment? What are the risks and benefits of each treatment? Are there any materials,such as videos or pamphlets,available that can help you make a ...

  3. Uterine Fibroids - Exams and Tests

    If your health professional suspects that you have a uterine fibroid problem, certain tests will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

  4. Heavy Menstrual Periods - Treatment Overview

    In most cases, heavy menstrual periods can be managed with:Medicine to reduce bleeding.Hormone therapy to either stop your periods or make them more regular.But if these treatments don't work, surgery may be needed to control your bleeding.If you plan to become pregnant in the future, or if you're nearing the time when your periods will stop (menopause), you may want to try medicine first.Hormone treatmentHormone treatments that are used to help control heavy bleeding include:Birth control pills, patch, or ring. These types of birth control give you a regular dose of estrogen and progestin. They control your body's menstrual cycle and prevent pregnancy. They also help relieve heavy menstrual bleeding and pain. For example, when you take birth control pills, your menstrual bleeding may be half as heavy as it was before you took the pills. But when you stop taking the pills, heavy bleeding may return.Progestin pills. These pills can prevent overgrowth of the endometrium and reduce

  5. What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase your risk of developing dysfunctional uterine bleeding include your age. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is more common in teens, at the beginning of the reproductive years, and in perimenopausal women.

  6. Uterine Fibroids - Medications

    Medicine can be used to help relieve uterine fibroid problems.

  7. Endometriosis - Surgery

    Although surgery does not cure endometriosis, it does offer short - term results for most women and long - term relief for a few.

  8. Functional Ovarian Cysts - Topic Overview

    Ovarian cysts are round, thin - walled, clear fluid - filled sacs that develops in the ovary as part of normal egg development.

  9. Endometriosis - When To Call a Doctor

    For endometriosis, call a health professional immediately if you develop sudden, severe pelvic pain.

  10. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

    Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a procedure performed by a radiologist that blocks blood flow to fibroids in the uterus. Fibroids treated with this procedure shrink an average of 48% to 78%.1, 2 For women who are not planning a pregnancy in the future, UFE is a possible option in place of surgery for fibroids.You should not eat or drink anything for 4 to 8 hours before uterine fibroid ...

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