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  1. Normal Vaginal Discharge - Topic Overview

    A vaginal discharge is common for most women. Discharge may be more noticeable during the middle of the menstrual cycle (ovulation). Some women even find it necessary to wear a pad or panty liner because of the amount of discharge.Normal vaginal discharge:Does not smell bad. Is not accompanied by pain, itching, burning, or redness.Varies with age, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and use of birth control pills.A change in your normal vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a vaginal infection.Teenage girls may have a large amount of a watery discharge caused by high hormone levels during the teen years or by taking birth control pills.

  2. Follicle-Stimulating Hormone

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

  3. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - What Increases Your Risk

    Although the cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is poorly understood, a number of risk factors have been noted among women with PMS.

  4. Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Screening, Birth to 12 Months

    Your baby should have regularly scheduled checkups, often called well baby visits, starting shortly after birth. During these visits, your doctor examines your baby for possible problems and asks you questions about your baby's growth and development. Generally, a baby is evaluated: Right after birth. At 1 or 2 weeks of age.At 1 or 2 months of age.At 4, 6, 9, and 12 months of age.All states ...

  5. Prevention

    Usually, dysfunctional uterine bleeding results from unpredictable hormonal changes and therefore cannot be prevented. However, being overweight can impact your hormone production, increasing your risk of developing irregular menstrual bleeding. If you ar

  6. Myomectomy

    Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. It allows the uterus to be left in place and preserves fertility.

  7. Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Exams and Tests

    Since there are many possible causes of female pelvic pain, see your health professional for a thorough evaluation.

  8. Abnormal Pap Test - Cause

    Most abnormal Pap tests are caused by HPV infections. Other types of infection—such as those caused by bacteria, yeast, or protozoa (Trichomonas)—sometimes lead to minor changes on a Pap test called atypical squamous cells. Natural cell changes that may happen during and after menopause can also cause an abnormal Pap test.What increases your risk of having an abnormal test result?Certain sexual behaviors—such as having sex without condoms and having more than one sex partner—increase your risk of getting an HPV infection. And an HPV infection raises your risk for having abnormal test results.Other things that may also play a role in increasing your risk include:Smoking.Having an impaired immune system.Having been exposed to the drug DES while your mother was pregnant with you, though this is rare.If you have had one abnormal Pap test result, you're more likely to have another in the future.

  9. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Cause

    Learn the causes of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

  10. Heavy Menstrual Periods - Symptoms

    When you have heavy periods, you may:Pass large blood clots and soak through your usual pads or tampons.Have severe menstrual cramps.Bleed for more than 7 days. A normal menstrual cycle usually lasts 4 to 6 days.Feel tired, weak, and short of breath. This can be a sign of anemia.When to call for helpCall your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:You are passing clots of blood and soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours.You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.You think you have anemia.Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:Your heavy periods are disrupting your life.You do not get better as expected.

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