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  1. Pap Test: Collecting Cells in Liquid - Topic Overview

    Liquid-based methods for collecting cervical cells and preparing them for laboratory evaluation are now available. A sample of cervical cells is collected during a Pap test,and the cells are then rinsed in a liquid vial instead of being smeared on slides. The vials are taken to the laboratory,and a thin layer of the specimen is put on slides for microscopic examination. Only a small portion ...

  2. Medical History for PMS

    Your medical history is an important tool for your health professional in determining whether you have premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Your medical history includes your:Record of your PMS symptoms, menstrual dates, and ovulation dates, if possible. It may help to keep a menstrual diary(What is a PDF document?).History of PMS - like symptoms.Menstrual history (age when you had your first period, ...

  3. Uterine Fibroids - When To Call a Doctor

    Call to make an appointment if you have possible symptoms of a problem from a uterine fibroid.

  4. Vaginal Yeast Infections - Topic Overview

    Various conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a yeast infection.

  5. Uterine Fibroids - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems.

  6. Endometriosis - What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase your risk of developing endometriosis include age and family history of endometriosis.

  7. Abnormal Pap Test - Topic Overview

    What is an abnormal Pap test?When your doctor says that your Pap test, or Pap smear, was abnormal, it means that the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal.A Pap test may be done as part of a woman's routine physical exam, because it's the best way to prevent cervical cancer. But having an abnormal test result doesn't mean you have cancer. In fact, the chances that you have cancer are very small.What causes an abnormal Pap test?Most of the time, the abnormal cell changes are caused by certain types of human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection. Usually these cell changes go away on their own. But certain types of HPV have been linked to cervical cancer. That's why regular Pap tests are so important. Sometimes the changed cells are due to other types of infection, such as those caused by bacteria or yeast. These infections can be treated. In women who have been through menopause, a Pap test may find cell changes that are just the result

  8. Endometrial Biopsy

    In an endometrial biopsy, a doctor takes a small sample of the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The sample is looked at under a microscope for abnormal cells.

  9. Endometriosis - Home Treatment

    Home treatment may ease the pain and discomfort of endometriosis. You can supplement your medical treatment plan with one or more of the following measures. Take an anti - inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) on a regular schedule.

  10. 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 ..

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