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- This test, performed upon a sample of the fluid surrounding the foetus in the uterus (the "amniotic fluid"), is designed to detect a number of disorders of the foetus.
- Salpingitis is an inflammation of the fallopian tubes, which are long, thin ducts that connect the uterus to the ovaries.
bacterial vaginosis
- Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of a normal vaginal organism in the absence of inflammation.
aging of the female reproductive system
- Cystocele is a condition in which part of the bladder drops down, or protrudes, into the wall of the vagina.
ectopic pregnancy
- An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants outside of the uterus. The most common site is within a fallopian tube. More rarely an embryo may implant within an ovary, in the cervix, or on the abdominal wall.
gender identity disorder
- A gender identity disorder is one in which a person wants to be the opposite sex. The person may also believes that he or she is "trapped" in a body of the wrong sex.
genital injuries in females
- A genital injury to a female is an injury to the reproductive organs of a girl or a woman.
breast milk
- A woman's body produces breast milk after the birth of an infant. After delivery of the baby, changes in hormonal patterns of the mother change rapidly. This triggers the release of hormones that cause the body to produce breast milk.
pelvic inflammatory disease
- A woman's reproductive organs include the uterus, fallopian tubes, and vagina. Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection of these organs.
cervical dysplasia
- Cervical dysplasia is a condition in which a woman has abnormal changes in the top layer of cells of her cervix. The cervix is the opening between the vagina and the uterus. The changes are local and have not spread more deeply into the cervix or to other sites in the body.
- Perimenopause refers to the time before menopause, that is, before a woman stops menstruating completely.
- Dyspareunia is pain in or at the entrance of the vagina when the penis is inserted during sexual intercourse.
first trimester of pregnancy
- Ferritin is the iron storage protein found in the blood. This test measures the amount of available ferritin in the blood serum. Iron is important for red blood cell production.
Pap smear
iron in diet
- Iron is a trace mineral and is an essential nutrient. Iron is found in small amounts in every cell of the body. The body needs only small amounts. Iron is widely available in many foods.
uterine fibroids
- Hypogonadism is a condition in which the ovaries in women or the testes in men do not function properly. As a result, normal sexual development does not take place or is reversed.
genital irritation in females
- Genital irritation in females is any condition that causes discomfort in the female genitalia. The hymen or outer lips of the vagina and labia, the clitoris, and the vulva are parts of the external female genitalia. The internal female genitalia include the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
gestational age determination
Bartholin's cyst
urine pregnancy test
uterine prolapse
testicular feminization
hysteroscopy, diagnostic for infertility
tubal ligation
over-the-counter birth control
placental insufficiency
incompetent cervix
menstrual cramps
placenta abruptio
polycystic ovarian syndrome
postpartum depression
pregnancy risk factors
pregnancy ultrasound
premenstrual syndrome
progestin implant
progestin injections
second trimester of pregnancy
teenage pregnancy
third trimester of pregnancy
TORCH screen
vaginal bleeding between periods
vaginal discharge
vaginal dryness treatment
vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
Useful Links
Australian Women's Health Network (AWHN) - National Breast Cancer Centre - WINGS - Breast cancer support site - Cervical Screening Campaign - Cervical Cancer & Pap Smear Info Line: 13 15 56
atrophic vaginitis
- Atrophic vaginitis is an irritation of the vagina that can cause dryness, a pins-and-needles sensation, or burning.
ovarian cysts
- Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or growths that form on the ovaries. The ovaries are small organs on either side of a woman's uterus that produce an egg each month, as well as the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
intrauterine device
- An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, plastic device that contains copper or progesterone (a hormone). It is inserted within the cavity of the uterus by a doctor to prevent pregnancy.
pregnancy and sports
- Pregnancy and sports is a discussion of the safety of various strenuous sports during the 40 weeks of pregnancy. It provides the pregnant woman with ways to maintain exercise during pregnancy.
- VBAC is delivering a child vaginally after a previous delivery by caesarean section .
stress and women
- Stress is the "wear and tear" the body goes through as it adjusts to the constantly changing environment. Anything that causes change in a person's life causes stress.
hot flushes
- Hot flushes are the sensation of sudden flushing and sweating. This condition is felt by 75% of women going through the change of life, known as menopause. It may also affect women who have had their ovaries removed.
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