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  • A doctor’s gloved hand holding a disposable speculum

    Pap Smear (Pap Test)

    A Pap smear is a medical exam used to determine if a woman has cervical cancer. It’s performed by a… developing. Path to improved health When should I begin having Pap smears? The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) does not recommend Pap smears for women who…

  • Five women laying horizontally in a line on the ground holding their heads in the palms of their hands. For optimal preventive care, women should have an annual visit that includes a physical and discussion of screenings and emotional well being.

    Women’s Guide to Preventive Care

    It’s important for women to take an active approach to health care. This means making it a priority to schedule… Physicians (AAFP) does not recommend Pap smears for women under age 21. Women 21 to 29 years of age should have a Pap smear every…

  • illustration of close-up of pregnant woman’s belly with fetus inside

    Diethylstilbestrol

    Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a cancer-causing, synthetic female hormone given to pregnant women between 1938 and 1971… a colposcope) to magnify the view of the tissues in your vagina and cervix. It is important to have pelvic exams and Pap smears every year. I am a…

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    What You Can Do to Maintain Your Health

    Good health can decrease your risk of developing certain conditions. Learn what you can do to maintain your health… factors, such as family history. One way to detect breast cancer is to do a monthly self-exam. Women should get routine pap smears as well. Women…

  • Cervical Dysplasia

    Cervical dysplasia is when there are abnormal, or precancerous, cells in and around a woman’s cervix. This doesn’t mean you… cervix. The vagina opens up into the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Cervical dysplasia is detected by a pap test (pap

  • female gynecologist performing a colposcopy exam on a patient in hospital using a colposcope

    Colposcopy

    A colposcopy is a type of women’s health exam. The purpose of the exam is to get a close look… colposcope. It shines a light on the cervix and magnifies the view. A colposcopy often is done if you have an abnormal Pap smear. The…

  • Taking Care of You and Your Baby While You're Pregnant

    Prenatal care means taking care of yourself and your baby before he or she is born, including living a healthy… background and risk for problems. Tests can include: A pelvic exam to check the size and shape of your uterus (womb) A Pap smear to…

  • Illustration of colon polyps removal, using a colonoscope

    Polyps

    Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue that can occur in different places including your colon, nose, ear, throat, and stomach… What are polyps? Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue. They are small and can be shaped like a raised bump or a stalk with…

  • close up of a woman holding her abdomen in discomfort

    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

    Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of female reproductive organs. It can make it hard to get pregnant and cause… What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. This includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Left…

  • Preventive Services for Healthy Living

    A preventive service might be a test, an immunization or vaccine, or advice from your doctor. These services can detect… In addition to treating you when you are sick, your doctor can help you follow a program designed to help you stay healthy. Many physicians…

  • Woman holds abdomen in pain. Dyspareunia is painful sex for women. Also, it causes pain during tampon use.

    Dyspareunia

    Dyspareunia is a medical term used to describe painful sex for women… What is dyspareunia? Dyspareunia is painful sex for women. Also, it causes pain during tampon use. The pain can be felt in a woman’s genitals or deep inside her pelvis. Symptoms of dyspareunia…

  • Senior woman consults with nurse before chemotherapy. Vulvar cancer most often affects the two skin folds (or lips) around the vagina, known as the labia. If diagnosed early, it is very treatable.

    Vulvar Cancer

    Vulvar cancer is not very common. If found early, vulvar cancer has a high cure rate and the treatment options… What is vulvar cancer? The vulva is the skin and fatty tissue between the upper thighs of women. It extends from the area of the…

  • Cancer: Medical Vocabulary

    When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be overwhelming. You have your feelings to deal with, plus a whole… When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be overwhelming. You have your feelings to deal with. But you also have to deal with a…

  • Nurse showing female patient her abnormal pap smear test results

    Understanding Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Results

    Cervical cancer screening is important and has saved lives… Cervical cancer screening is an important part of preventing cancer or detecting it early. Two tests are used for screenings: the Pap test (or smear) and the HPV test. The Pap test checks for cell…

  • Bottle of HPV vaccine sitting next to syringe

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus… What is human papillomavirus (HPV)? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted virus. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. There are more than 200 types of HPV. Some types…

  • A woman clutching her cervix in pain

    Cervical Cancer

    Cervical cancer is abnormal growth of cells in a woman’s cervix. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human… What is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is abnormal growth of cells in a woman’s cervix. The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus…