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Cervical Cancer Screening


What is cervical cancer? The cervix is the opening from the vagina into the uterus (womb). Cervical cancer happens when cancer cells develop in the cervix. Most cervical cancer can be prevented if the cells in the cervix are checked on a regular basis to see if they are starting to change. What causes cervical cancer? A virus called the…

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What is Bacterial Vaginosis?


Spanish Version   Many types of good bacteria live in the vagina and keep the vagina healthy. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there are not enough good bacteria and too many harmful bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. How do I…

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What Is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?


Abnormal uterine (womb) bleeding is a common problem in women. Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur as either a change in your normal menstrual period or as bleeding in between your normal menses. How Do I Know if I Have Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? You might have abnormal uterine bleeding if you have one of the following symptoms. If you have any…

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Why Is Vitamin D Important?


Vitamin D helps maintain bone health. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with infections, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, many types of cancer, heart disease, depression, and some pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and preterm labor. How do I know if I am getting enough vitamin D? You can ask your health care provider to check your serum D level or…

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Vaccines for Adults


Spanish Version Vaccines aren’t just for babies and young children. Adults also need to get vaccines. What are vaccines? Vaccines (sometimes called vaccinations or immunizations) are given to people to prevent disease. Vaccines are a mixture of cells and chemicals. Most vaccines are given by injections (shots), but a few can be taken by nose, as a nasal spray. If…

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What Is Urinary Incontinence?


What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is leaking urine when you are not trying to urinate (pee). You may lose a few drops of urine or all the urine in your bladder. The loss of urine may be enough that you have to wear a panty liner or pad to keep from soaking your underwear or clothes. When urine is…

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Taking Care of Your Health


In all the bustle of taking care of everything—and everybody else, women sometimes forget to take care of themselves. This handout lists the schedule for recommended health checks, tests, and vaccinations for women who are at average risk for most diseases. These charts are guidelines only. Your health care provider may suggest more frequent testing if you have a family…

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Preventing Osteoporosis


What is osteoporosis? When the bones in your body lose calcium, they become thin and may break more easily. This is called osteoporosis. When osteoporosis is severe, bones may become so weak that they break during everyday activities such as bending over or walking. Bones are hard. How can they become weak? Calcium is stored in your bones. Your body…

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What Is Hepatitis?


Hepatitis is the term for several diseases that cause the liver to be inflamed (swollen). The most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C. These types of hepatitis are caused by 3 different viruses. Hepatitis A is called “infectious hepatitis.” You can get it by eating food that has not been washed or handled properly or by drinking…

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Planning Your Family: Developing a Reproductive Life Plan


What is a reproductive life plan? A reproductive life plan is a guide for you to follow as you look ahead and plan your family. It is a set of goals you set for yourself about whether or not to have children, when you want to have children, and under what conditions you would like to have children. The plan…

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