Tag Archives : Primary Health Care

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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Primary Care for Teens through Menopause


As you pursue a healthy life, you should check in with a health care provider who can let you know how you’re doing, help revise your plan for healthier living, and offer advice on anything you’re wondering about. This generalized type of care – when you see someone for regular or routine care instead of a specialist for one particular…

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