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Later Childbearing

Today, more couples are starting families later in life. Older women often worry that their age will affect their fertility and the health of their babies. There is no set age that is unsafe for women to become pregnant. For women aged 35 years and older, the chances of having a normal pregnancy and healthy…

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Many women are not aware of their risk of heart disease. In the United States, it is the leading cause of death of women. Each year, more than 300,000 women die from heart disease. This compares to about 40,000 deaths from breast cancer. A number of factors can increase your risk of heart disease. Most…

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Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a technique used to look inside the uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin, telescope-like device that is placed into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. It may help diagnose or treat a uterine problem. This pamphlet explains reasons for having hysteroscopy what happens during the procedure risks of the procedure What Is…

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Hysterosalpingography

Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is used to diagnose problems of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Most often it is used to see if a woman’s tubes are partly or fully blocked. It also can show if the inside of the uterus is of a normal size and shape. This pamphlet explains reasons for HSG what to expect…

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Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a way of treating problems that affect the uterus. Many conditions can be cured with hysterectomy. Because it is major surgery, you may want to explore other treatment options first. For conditions that have not responded to other treatments, a hysterectomy may be the best choice. You should be fully informed of all…

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Human Papillomarvirus Infection (HPV)

Infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is very common in both women and men. More than 100 types of this virus have been identified. Some types of this virus are spread from person to person through sexual contact. A few types have been linked to cancer. This pamphlet explains: How HPV infection spreads The link…

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Hormone Therapy

At menopause, a woman’s body makes less estrogen and she stops having menstrual periods. This is a natural stage in a woman’s life. The lack of estrogen can bring on symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness. It also can increase the risk of osteoporosis (bone loss). Because of this, women may choose to…

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HIV in Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it can be passed to your baby. But there are steps you can take to stay healthy during and after pregnancy and help prevent your baby from becoming infected with HIV. This pamphlet will explain: How HIV can affect you and your baby Ways to…

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Herbal Products for Menopause

During menopause, a woman’s body produces less estrogen. This can cause changes that occur slowly over time. Some women find these changes uncomfortable. Treatment with hormone therapy (HT) may relieve some symptoms of menopause, but also poses some health risks. Women also may use herbal products. Some herbal products may be helpful in the short-term…

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Having Twins

Today, more twins are being born than ever before. In 1980, twins were born only once in about every 55 births. Now, twins are born once in about every 31 births. This increase is mostly because of fertility treatments. A healthy twin pregnancy can be similar to a pregnancy with one baby. However, twin pregnancies…

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