Women's Self-care Center
General MedicineHealth screenings for womenPrevention is key to living long and living well. Getting regular check-ups and preventive screening tests are among the most important things you can do for yourself. Take time to review these guidelines for screening tests.
- Breast cancer screening: research and guidelines
- Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccine
- Pap test
Screenings and Vaccinations
ExerciseWalk this way to fitnessIt's easy, inexpensive, amazingly good for you, and has few undesirable side effects. Yet it's all too often overlooked when people consider which form of exercise is best for them. It's walking. Read more here.Exercise and pregnancy: a healthy combinationLearn about The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's and the American College of Sports Medicine's exercise recommendations for pregnant women.
Breast CareFibrocystic breast changes: are they normal?Many women have fibrocystic lumps in their breasts. How can you find out if these lumps are benign? And how can you relieve the pain they may cause?Mastalgia: benign breast painDid you know that only 10% of breast cancers present with pain as a symptom? Find out what does cause breast pain and which treatments may help.
- Cervical cancer
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Vaginal prolapse
- Vaginal yeast infection
Health and BeautyUnderstanding hair lossWomen suffer from hair loss too, not just men. Read more here.The skinny on liposuctionThe fashion world has decreed that there is no room for flabby abs, thick thighs, or love handles. In response, droves of average citizens with a little extra flesh here and there are turning to liposuction. Read more here.
Relationships and HealthDomestic violence: recognizing abuseHow can you spot abusive behavior in your relationship, or in your friend's, or your sister's? Know the signs and know what to do.Sex after a hysterectomy: never betterBesides having the usual worries about undergoing major abdominal surgery, women are concerned about how a hysterectomy will affect their health and lives, especially their sex lives. In fact, studies have shown that concerns about sexual functioning are foremost in women's minds before surgery. Read more here.A less invasive sterilization option for womenA procedure called Essure allows permanent sterilization for women. Unlike other sterilization procedures for women, no invasive surgery or general anesthesia are required. Learn more here.
True or False?True or false: eating yogurt can help reduce your risk of vaginal yeast infectionsAlthough yeast infections can be treated with medications, for an unfortunate few they have a tendency to recur despite adequate treatment. Can eating yogurt help avoid repeated infections?True or false: women who live together tend to have synchronized menstrual periodsThere is controversy over whether or not synchronous menstruation is in fact true, and if it is, what is the cause.
Natural and Alternative Treatments
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