A progesterone test measures the amount of the hormone progesterone in a blood sample. Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during release of a mature egg from an ovary (ovulation).
Causes and Symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is often misdiagnosed. Learn about the various conditions that cause it and how the symptoms and treatments differ.
Get-Fit Advice for Women Over 50
Read these exercise tips for women over age 50.
What Is Adenomyosis?
WebMD explains adenomyosis as well as its symptoms, causes, and treatments.
WebMD discusses symptoms, causes, and treatments of vaginal cysts.
Intermittent Catheterization for Women - Topic Overview
WebMD explains how to insert a catheter in women and how to care for the catheter.
Breast Self-Examination - Topic Overview
What is a breast self-exam?A breast self-exam involves checking your breasts for lumps or changes. Many breast problems are first discovered by women themselves, often by accident. Breast lumps can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Breast cancer can occur at any age, though it is most common in women older than 50. Lumps or changes also may be signs of other breast conditions, such as mastitis or a fibroadenoma.Medical experts don't recommend regular breast self-examinations.1 Studies show that self-exams don't save women's lives and that they can lead to unneeded tests, such as biopsies. But some experts believe that women should know how their breasts look and feel (breast self-awareness) so any breast changes can be reported to a doctor.2How do you perform a breast self-exam?The best time to examine your breasts is usually 1 week after your menstrual period starts, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen or tender. Examining your breasts at other
Antibiotics for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Drug details for Antibiotics for pelvic inflammatory disease.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts.Mammography screens for breast abrnomalities.
Functional Ovarian Cysts - Home Treatment
Home treatment can help relieve the discomfort of functional ovarian cysts. Use heat, such as a hot water bottle, heating pad, or warm bath, to relax tense muscles and relieve cramping. Be careful not to burn yourself. Herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint