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What is Contraception

What Is Contraception? Contraception, also known as birth control, is designed to prevent pregnancy. What Are Some Methods of Contraception? There are several general methods of birth control,including (but not limited to):   Barrier methods. Barrier methods, such as condoms, the diaphragm and the cervical cap, are designed to prevent the sperm from reaching the…

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Vaginitis

Vaginitis is an inflammation of a woman’s vagina. As many as one third of women will have symptoms of vaginitis sometime during their lives. Vaginitis affects women of all ages but is most common during the reproductive years. There are many possible causes, and the type of treatment depends on the cause. This pamphlet will…

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Deciding on a Trial of Labor It was once thought that if a woman had one cesarean delivery, all other babies she had should be born in the same way. Today, it is known that many women can undergo a trial of labor after a cesarean delivery (called TOLAC). After…

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths in the uterus. They are the most common type of growth found in a woman’s pelvis. In some women, fibroids remain small and do not cause symptoms or problems. However, in some women, fibroids can cause problems because of their size, number, and location. This pamphlet will explain…

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Urinary Tract Infection

Many women have a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point during their lives. Some women will have repeat infections and may have them often. Most UTIs are not serious. They are easy to treat with antibiotics, and symptoms can be relieved quickly. This pamphlet will explain causes of UTIs symptoms and treatment how UTIs…

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Understanding Abnormal Pap Smears

The Pap test checks for changes in the cervix that may become cancer. If a Pap test shows these changes, the result is called abnormal. In women who have regular Pap tests, abnormal changes are almost always caught early. An abnormal Pap test result may mean that further testing and follow-up are needed. This pamphlet…

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Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Pregnancy

Some women need to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, or stop the use of some drugs during pregnancy. These changes, along with regular prenatal care, are key to having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Advice about changing behavior and treatment for problems with substance use are available. Help often is just a phone call…

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Surgery for Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is leakage of urine with physical activity, such as exercise, or when coughing, laughing, or sneezing. It is a common problem in women. Stress urinary incontinence can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatment methods. This pamphlet explains cause and symptoms of stress urinary incontinence nonsurgical treatment options surgical treatment options…

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Skin Conditions During Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in many ways. Besides the change in weight, some of the most noticeable changes are those to the skin, hair, and nails. Many of these changes can cause anxiety because they can affect the way you look. However, most of them are harmless and will often go away after you…

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Screening for Birth Defects

Screening tests can give information about a pregnant woman’s risk of having a baby with certain birth defects or genetic conditions. These tests also can help your doctor detect possible problems during your pregnancy. Some pregnant women may have other tests, depending on their medical histories, previous pregnancies, family or ethnic background, or exam results.…

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