Women’s Health

Female anatomy includes the external genitals, or the vulva, and the internal reproductive organs, which include the ovaries and the uterus. One major difference between males and females is their reproductive organs. Anatomy specific to females generally relates to sexual function, reproduction, and hormone control. Males and females have physically different sexual anatomy, but all
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A recent study has found that getting too little sleep can affect bone health in women, specifically impacting on bone mineral density, bone mass, and osteoporosis. Bone health can be a concern for women, particularly during menopause, but is sleep also important for bone health in women? To study the potential connection between sleep and
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Researchers are developing a blood test that could help detect breast cancer 5 years before any symptoms become apparent. This method would also be less uncomfortable and more cost effective than traditional mammograms. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women all around the globe.
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A person may miss a period for a number of common reasons. Ovarian cancer is a rare cause of a missed period. Ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, which are female reproductive organs that sit on either side of the uterus, or womb. This type of cancer may develop from various cell types in the ovaries
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Pain in the temples is very common. While many factors can cause it, this pain most often stems from stress or tension. Temple pain can result from an underlying medical condition, though this is rare. Over-the-counter pain medication and lifestyle changes can often relieve pain in the temples. If a person has additional symptoms or
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Itchy breasts are a common occurrence, but if there is no rash, the cause may be difficult to pinpoint. Various conditions, including yeast infections, eczema, and psoriasis, often cause itching, but they also produce a rash. There are several reasons why the breasts may feel itchy without an accompanying rash, however. Although most causes are
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Emotional side effects are not uncommon after an abortion, or pregnancy termination, whether it was planned or not. In some cases, depression can occur. However, the link between pregnancy termination and depression remains unclear. The decision to terminate a pregnancy is rarely an easy one, and it is not always the individual’s preferred choice. Whether
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Many people report mild cramping after a doctor inserts or removes an intrauterine device (IUD). A small percentage of people report significant pain. A 2013 study found that 17% of women who had never given birth and 11% of those who had given birth reported pain that required pain management after IUD insertion. In addition
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Ben Wa balls, or Kegel balls, are small, weighted balls that a person can insert into their vagina. Some believe that these balls can help a person perform pelvic floor or vagina strengthening exercises. Others say that they can improve sexual pleasure. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Ben Wa balls
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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes a person’s uterus. However, the surgeon often leaves part or all of the ovaries intact, which means it might still be possible for an individual to get ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer starts when tumor cells develop in the ovaries or the surrounding tissues. The
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During menopause, many people experience hot flashes. A recent review and meta-analysis investigate whether Chinese herbal remedies might reduce the discomfort. Although the authors feel encouraged by the findings, much more data is necessary. Hot flashes affect up to 90% of women during menopause. They have an association with poor sleep, depressed mood, and reduced
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A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that cuts or blocks the vas deferens, the two tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra. The procedure stops sperm from getting into the semen in order to prevent pregnancy. After a vasectomy, an individual can still ejaculate and produce sperm, but the body reabsorbs the
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New research suggests that taking estrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy may help women fight off cognitive decline. The study paper — titled “Lifetime estrogen exposure and cognition in late life: The Cache County Study” and appearing in the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) journal Menopause — details the new findings. Researchers and the
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