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Sonohysterography

Sonohysterography is a technique in which a fluid is injected through the cervix into the uterus, and ultrasound is used to make images of the uterine cavity. The fluid shows more detail of the inside of the uterus than when ultrasound is used alone. The procedure can be done in a health care provider’s office,…

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Routine Tests in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, all women have certain routine lab tests. These tests can help your doctor detect possible problems with your health and your baby’s health. You also may have other tests, depending on your medical history, family or ethnic background, or previous test results. This pamphlet will tell you more about tests that are done…

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Premenstrual Syndrome

Most women feel physical or mood changes during the days before menstruation. When these changes affect a woman’s normal life, they are known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Premenstrual syndrome can affect menstruating women of all ages and backgrounds. The cause of PMS is unclear. However, the symptoms can be managed in many women. This pamphlet…

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Polycystic Ovary Disease

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that occurs when levels of certain hormones are abnormal. Women with PCOS may have irregular or no menstrual periods, infertility, and excess hair growth. PCOS also can cause long-term health problems in women, but it can be treated. This pamphlet will explain: What is PCOS How it is…

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a broad term used to refer to an infection of the upper reproductive organs, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. It is a common and, in some cases, a serious illness. Each year, PID is diagnosed in more than 1 million women, many of them teens. PID usually can…

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Nutrition During Pregnancy

Healthy eating is important during pregnancy. Good nutrition is needed to meet the added demands on your body as well as those of your growing baby. Although it may take a little effort, planning and eating healthy meals and snacks during pregnancy will have major benefits for you and your baby. If you have not…

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Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting are common during pregnancy, especially during the first part of pregnancy. Although it is often called “morning sickness,” it can occur at any time of the day. Most cases of nausea and vomiting are not harmful. However, these symptoms can have a serious effect on your life, including your ability to work…

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Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause, or “around menopause.” Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years that began in puberty. The average age that women go through menopause is 51 years. Most women enjoy a healthy…

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Menopausal Bleeding

Around menopause, a woman’s menstrual cycles may become less regular. After menopause, you should not have any bleeding. Any bleeding after menopause should be checked by a doctor. Bleeding after menopause may be a sign of cancer. This pamphlet will explain: The causes of bleeding How it is diagnosed How it is treated If you…

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LEEP

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure If you have an abnormal cervical cancer screening test result, your health care provider may suggest that you have a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) as part of the evaluation or for treatment. LEEP is used to remove the area containing abnormal cells from your cervix. This pamphlet explains why LEEP…

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