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    • Amenorrhea

      Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition in which a woman's menstrual periods are absent for more than three monthly cycles. Pregnancy is one possible cause of amenorrhea.

    • Anatomy of Female Pelvic Area

      The female pelvic area contains a number of organs and structures: the endometrium, uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, and vulva.

    • Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome (Gorlin Syndrome)

      The risk for ovarian cancer and skin cancer is increased with basal cell nevus syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

    • Cancer Treatment: Overview

      Detailed information on the most common types of cancer treatment, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, biological therapy, and cancer clinical trials

    • Cervical Cancer

      Cervical cancer develops from abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix that spread deeper or to other tissues or organs. This type of cancer occurs most often in women older than 40.

    • Cervicitis

      Cervicitis is an irritation of the cervix. Acute cervicitis can be caused an infection such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or herpes. Chronic cervicitis is common in women following childbirth.

    • Chemotherapy

      Detailed information on chemotherapy for treatment of gynecological cancers

    • Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview

      Detailed information on the most common diagnostic procedures for cancer

    • Dysmenorrhea

      Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual condition marked by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain. Dysmenorrhea can be either lifelong or caused by another medical condition.

    • Endometrial Cancer

      Cancer of the endometrium is a disease in which cancerous cells are found in the lining of the uterus. It is highly curable when found early.

    • Endometriosis

      Women with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue outside the uterus, usually on other reproductive organs inside the pelvis or in the abdominal cavity.

    • Estrogen's Effects on the Female Body

      In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.

    • General Information About Cancer: Overview

      Detailed information on cancer, including cancer diagnosis, cancer staging, cancer grading, cancer treatment, cancer surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, biological therapy, and cancer clinical trials

    • Genetics of Ovarian Cancer

      Detailed information on the genetics of ovarian cancer, including hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, ovarian cancer and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, and basal cell nevus syndrome (Gorlin syndrome)

    • Glossary - Gynecological Health

      Glossary of terms relating to gynecological health

    • Grading and Staging of Cancer

      Grading and staging cancer helps determine the best treatment.

    • Gynecological Cancers

      Detailed information on the most common types of gynecological cancers, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Gynecological Conditions

      Detailed information on the most common gynecological conditions

    • Gynecological Inflammations and Infections

      Detailed information on the most common gynecological inflammations and infections, including vulvitis, vaginitis, cervicitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease

    • Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (BRCA1 / BRCA2)

      A woman with this syndrome may develop breast cancer before age 50 and is at higher risk for developing cancer in both breasts or in both the breasts and ovaries.

    • Home Page - Gynecological Health

      Detailed information on gynecological health, including anatomy of the female pelvis, gynecological statistics, menstrual conditions, menopause, gynecological inflammations, gynecological infections, hysterectomy, and gynecological cancers

    • Hormone Therapy

      If you use or are considering using hormone therapy, discuss the possible benefits and risks with your health care provider.

    • Hormone Therapy

      Detailed information on hormone therapy as one type of cancer treatment

    • Hysterectomy

      Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Different portions of the uterus, as well as other organs, may be removed at the same time.

    • Immunotherapy / Biological Therapy

      Detailed information on biological therapy, also called immunotherapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy

    • Introduction to Menopause

      When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.

    • Menopause

      Detailed information on menopause, including perimenopause, hormone replacement therapy, and staying healthy after menopause

    • Menorrhagia

      Menorrhagia is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be so severe that it interrupts daily activities.

    • Menstrual Conditions

      Detailed information on the most common menstrual conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and menorrhagia

    • Online Resources - Gynecological Health

      List of online resources to find additional information on gynecological health

    • Ovarian Cancer

      Ovarian cancer can develop in one of three types—the first, on the surface of the ovary; the second, in the cells that form the eggs; the third, in the cells that produce female hormones.

    • Ovarian Cancer as Part of Lynch Syndrome

      A woman with this type of hereditary colon cancer is at increased risk for ovarian cancer.

    • Overview of Cancer

      Detailed information on cancer, including primary and metastatic cancers, and benign and malignant tumors

    • Pap Test

      A Pap test is a way for your doctor to examine cells collected from the cervix for infection, inflammation, or cancer.

    • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

      Untreated, PID can cause infertility and can also lead to chronic infection or even peritonitis.

    • Pelvic Pain

      Pelvic pain is a common complaint among women. Its nature and intensity may fluctuate, and its cause is often obscure.

    • Perimenopause

      Perimenopause is the period of time before menstruation stops. This time is marked by changes in the menstrual cycle, along with other physical and emotional symptoms.

    • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome

      People with this syndrome have dark moles around the mouth, nose, and eyes, as well as multiple polyps in the intestines.

    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

      This syndrome results from several related factors, including insulin resistance. This can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes and affect fertility.

    • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

      PMDD is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Women with a personal or family history of mood disorders or postpartum depression may be at higher risk for this disorder.

    • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

      Most females experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle. The type and intensity of symptoms vary.

    • Radiation Therapy and Cancer Treatment

      Detailed information on radiation therapy, one type of cancer therapy

    • Recognizing Gynecologic Problems

      Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your menstrual cycle. If you notice anything different or unusual, talk with your health care provider.

    • Safer Sex Guidelines

      The only safe sex is no sex, most health care providers say. But certain precautions and safe behaviors can minimize a person's risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      Women suffer more frequent and severe symptoms from STDs. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

    • Statistics: Gynecological Health at a Glance

      Cancer of the endometrium is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs.

    • Staying Healthy After Menopause

      Good nutrition and regular exercise can help you stay healthy and youthful at this stage of life.

    • Surgery

      Detailed information the most common types of surgery to treat cancer, including biopsy, endoscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, laser surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, and excisional surgery

    • The Menstrual Cycle: An Overview

      A woman is generally most fertile (able to become pregnant) a few days before, during, and after ovulation.

    • Topic Index - Gynecological Health

      Detailed information on gynecological health, including anatomy of the female pelvis, gynecological statistics, menstrual conditions, menopause, gynecological inflammations, gynecological infections, hysterectomy, and gynecological cancers

    • Treatment Protocols for Cancer: Overview

      The conventional, primary methods of treating cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy/biological therapy. Your doctor will determine which treatment or treatments are best for you.

    • Uterine Cancer

      Cancer of the uterus usually occurs around the time menopause begins. The occasional reappearance of bleeding should not be considered simply part of menopause, but should be checked by a doctor.

    • Uterine Fibroids

      Some estimates say that 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. In most cases, fibroids are benign.

    • Vaginal Cancer

      Cancer of the vagina is rare. Certain factors thought to raise the risk for this type of cancer include advancing age, history of cervical cancer, and infection with the human papillomavirus.

    • Vaginitis

      Vaginitis is a common problem for women of all ages. Bacteria, yeast, viruses, and chemicals in creams or sprays can cause it.

    • Vulvar Cancer

      Nearly 90 percent of vulvar cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. Melanoma is the second most common type of vulvar cancer.

    • Vulvitis

      Vulvitis is an inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina. It is a symptom of a host of diseases, infections, injuries, and allergies.