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A Woman's Journey : Childbearing Years : Women's Health : Pelvic Conditions and Care

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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

      Urinary tract infections are a serious, but common, health problem that affects millions of people each year. Women are especially prone to urinary tract infections.

    • 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.

    • Vaginitis

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

    • 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.