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  1. When To Call a Doctor

    Any significant change in menstrual pattern or amount of uterine bleeding that affects your daily life requires evaluation by a health professional. This includes unusual menstrual bleeding for three or more menstrual cycles.

  2. Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about early disease detection:What is early disease detection?What screening is done from birth to 12 months of age?What screening is done from 13 months to 5 years of age?What screening is done from 6 to 10 years of age?What screening is done from 11 to 24 years of age?What screening is done from 25 to 49 years of age?What screening is done from 50 to 64 years of age?What screening is ..

  3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Prevention

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cannot be prevented. But early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS helps prevent long - term complications, such as infertility, metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

  4. Vaginal Yeast Infections - Home Treatment

    Talk to your health professional about home treatment for suspected yeast infection.

  5. Symptoms

    Symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding include: Menstrual bleeding that occurs more often than every 21 days or farther apart than 35 days, menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days, and excessive blood loss during the menstrual cycles.

  6. Surgery for Chronic Pelvic Pain

    Laparotomy is a surgical procedure that is done by making an incision in the lower abdomen. This allows the surgeon to see and inspect the abdominal cavity for structural problems, sites of endometriosis (implants), and scar tissue (adhesions).

  7. Antibiotics for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

    Drug details for Antibiotics for pelvic inflammatory disease.

  8. Recurrent Vaginal Yeast Infections - Topic Overview

    A vaginal yeast infection is thought to be recurrent when you have had four or more symptomatic infections, unrelated to antibiotic use, within 1 year. If you have a recurrent vaginal yeast infection, your doctor may do a culture to confirm that yeast is present. You may also be tested for certain conditions that could be making you more vulnerable to yeast overgrowth, such as diabetes. The recommended initial treatment for recurrent vaginal yeast infections includes vaginal medicines for 7 to 14 days or a single dose of oral fluconazole, with a second dose repeated 3 days later.1Initial treatment is then followed by at least 6 months of maintenance therapy, which could be oral or vaginal medicines. Some women who are treated for recurrent yeast infections do not see improvement in their symptoms. These women may have another condition that is causing symptoms similar to a yeast infection. Additional testing and treatment may be needed.

  9. Vaginal Yeast Infections - Topic Overview

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

  10. Types of Hysterectomy - Topic Overview

    Abdominal hysterectomy is done when: The uterus is large. Uterine fibroids are larger than 8 in. (20.3 cm) across. An ovarian mass is suspected. An abdominal hysterectomy is usually required to remove endometriosis implants and adhesions to restore the function of other organs involved. Vaginal hysterectomy can be done: To remove uterine fibroids that are small. When the uterus is of normal ...

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