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  1. Pregnancy and Medicine

    While some medications are considered safe to take during pregnancy, the effects of other medications on your unborn baby are unknown. WebMD looks at your pregnancy and medications.

  2. Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)

    WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of an overactive thyroid.

  3. Manage Dry Indoor Air This Winter

    The experts at WebMD tell you how to combat the miseries caused by dry indoor air during the winter.

  4. Dense Breasts - Topic Overview

    What are dense breasts?Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. The tissue inside your breasts can be different types too. Some breast tissue is fatty. Other breast tissue is dense. Dense means it's made of thick, fibrous tissue and milk glands. You can learn how dense your breasts are from your mammogram report. There are four levels of breast density:Almost all fatty tissue (1 out of 10 women)Scattered areas of dense tissue, but mostly fatty tissue (4 out of 10 women) Mixed dense and fatty tissue, also called heterogeneous (4 out of 10 women) Extremely dense tissue (1 out of 10 women)All of these breast types are normal. Things that can affect your breast density include your family history (genetics), being pregnant, and using estrogen hormone therapy. Your age can also make a difference. Breast tissue in younger women tends to be denser than in older women who have been through menopause.Why is it important to know about your breast density?Having dense breasts may affect your plans

  5. Emergency Contraception - Topic Overview

    What is emergency contraception? Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy if: You had sex without using birth control. Your birth control method failed. Maybe you forgot to take your pill or get your shot,the condom broke or came off,or your diaphragm slipped. You were raped. Even if you were using birth control,emergency contraception can help you make sure you don't get ...

  6. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Older Adults - Topic Overview

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in older women and men. Factors that make older adults more likely to develop UTIs include: A reduced ability to control urination and bowel movements (incontinence),which increases the chance of getting bacteria into the urinary tract. A hospital stay or living in a long-term care center,where the person may have a urinary catheter inserted,making ...

  7. Complicated Urinary Tract Infections - Topic Overview

    Several factors determine whether you have a complicated urinary tract infection. These include: A high temperature [greater than 101°F (38.3°C) ]. Ongoing nausea,vomiting,and chills. Pregnancy. Being younger than 18 or older than 65. An impaired immune system. Diabetes. Symptoms that last longer than 7 days,or a recent UTI. Urinary tract blockage or kidney stones. An enlarged ...

  8. Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis) - Topic Overview

    What is bladder pain syndrome (BPS)?Bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis) is a problem that causes pain in the bladder or pelvis. It also causes an urgent, frequent need to urinate. The problem is much more common in women than in men.To diagnose bladder pain syndrome (BPS), your doctor may do a test called cystoscopy that uses a thin, lighted tube to see the inside of your bladder. He or she may also do a urine test to rule out other problems, such as a urinary tract infection.What causes BPS?Some doctors think BPS may be caused by abnormal changes in the lining of the bladder. But the cause isn't clear. Because of this, treatment focuses on helping to relieve symptoms. Your doctor may have you use a bladder diary(What is a PDF document?) to record how often you urinate and about how much urine is released.What are the symptoms?The pain from BPS can be mild to severe but almost always goes away right after you urinate. Other symptoms of BPS include:Urinating often during the

  9. Cranberry Juice and Urinary Tract Infections - Topic Overview

    For years,people have used cranberry juice to prevent and help cure urinary tract infections (UTIs). There is limited proof that this is worth trying. Pure cranberry juice,cranberry extract,or cranberry supplements may help prevent repeated UTIs in women. 1 Using cranberry products to prevent UTIs may be expensive and some women complain of the taste. No one concentration of cranberry ...

  10. Your Staying Healthy Checklist

    Check out this self-help checklist for steps to balancing your life.

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