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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...

  6. A Checklist for Staying Healthy

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

  7. Topic Overview

    If you choose not to breast-feed or if you have to stop breast-feeding suddenly,your breasts may become full and sore and leak milk. This is a condition known as breast engorgement. But many women experience only mild symptoms when they stop breast-feeding and do not require treatment. Massage,cold compresses (to reduce swelling),and wearing a good support bra may help ease discomfort. ...

  8. Uterine Fibroids - Treatment Overview

    Most uterine fibroids are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and shrink with menopause. However, some fibroids are painful, press on other internal organs, bleed and cause anemia, or cause pregnancy problems.

  9. Uterine Fibroids - Home Treatment

    Home treatment can ease menstrual period pain and anemia that may be linked to uterine fibroids.

  10. Hysteroscopy for Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

    Hysteroscopy is a diagnostic and surgical procedure that makes examining the inside of the uterus possible without making an abdominal cut (incision). During hysteroscopy, a lighted viewing instrument called a hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. Treatment can also be done through the hysteroscope during the same procedure. Hysteroscopy usually takes 30 to ..

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