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  1. Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Topic Overview

    This topic focuses on long - lasting (chronic) pelvic pain. If you have new (acute) pelvic pain, see your health professional as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

  2. PMS: Ways to Record Your Symptoms - Topic Overview

    There are several ways to keep a menstrual diary of your PMS symptoms. Diaries that require daily recording are more reliable in tracking your symptoms. Calendars without marks for a day may mean you forgot to record for that day rather than a day when you didn't have any symptoms. Most bothersome symptom scoring You can choose your five most bothersome PMS symptoms and record their severity ...

  3. Endometriosis - What Increases Your Risk

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

  4. Vaginal Yeast Infections - Prevention

    There are many ideas on ways to help prevent vaginal yeast infections.

  5. Closure of the Vagina (Vaginal Obliteration)

    Closure of the vagina is surgery done for an older woman whose uterus has moved from its natural position to press uncomfortably into the vagina (uterine prolapse).

  6. 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 ...

  7. Heavy Menstrual Periods - Topic Overview

    What are heavy menstrual periods?If you bleed a lot during your menstrual cycle, you're not alone. Many women do. For some women, having heavy menstrual periods (also called menorrhagia) means passing large blood clots and changing sanitary pads and tampons often.What causes heavy periods?Several things can cause heavy periods. These may include:A change in hormones. Normally one of your ovaries releases an egg during your menstrual cycle. This is called ovulation. When you don't ovulate, your hormone levels can get out of balance. When this happens, it can affect the lining in your uterus and may cause heavy bleeding.An irritation in the uterus. Certain things can cause this to happen, such as using a copper intrauterine device (IUD).A growth in the uterus, such as a polyp or fibroid.A condition called adenomyosis. This occurs when the cells that normally line the uterus grow into the muscular tissue of the uterine wall.Some bleeding disorders that prevent blood from clotting

  8. Repair of Vaginal Wall Prolapse (Vaginal Vault Prolapse)

    Vaginal vault prolapse occurs when the upper portion of the vagina loses its normal shape and sags or bulges down into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina. It may occur alone or along with prolapse of the bladder (cystocele), urethra (urethrocele),

  9. Pap Test

    A Pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix.

  10. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Topic Overview

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's hormone levels, periods, and ovulation. This can affect fertility and pregnancy. It can also cause male-type body changes.

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