| May 4, 2010
It was supposed to make every child a wanted child, give women control over their bodies and grant couples worry-free sex.
Such were the aspirations of health professionals worldwide when the medication now known simply as "the pill" arrived on the...
| Dec 14, 2009
The folks on your shopping list are likely an eclectic mix, with various interests and opinions and points of view. But all of them have some interest in some aspect of health -- if not their own, certainly a loved one's. By no small coincidence, the...
| Dec 14, 2009
The folks on your shopping list are likely an eclectic mix, with various interests and opinions and points of view. But all of them have some interest in some aspect of health - if not their own, certainly a loved one's. By no small coincidence, the...
| Feb 22, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible that at age 37 I could be experiencing perimenopause? What are the signs and symptoms? Is there a way to test for it? I have not had children. Does that affect when a woman begins this process?
ANSWER: Menopause before 40...
| Apr 1, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Brie-Anne Paterson has suffered from chronic pelvic pain for more than half her life. She was the girl in gym class curled up on the locker room floor, crying and clutching her abdomen.
"I would just die the week of my period,"...
| Mar 16, 2011
Q: Lately, I've been having a great deal of pain in my breasts. It's not time for my period and I know I'm not pregnant. Those are the only times I've ever had pain like this before. I went for my well-woman checkup about 8 months ago and got a...
| Sep 22, 2010
The earlier a girl gets her first period, the greater her risk of developing breast cancer later in life. That's because cancer risk rises the longer a woman's breast tissue is exposed to estrogens released during her menstrual cycle, so fewer...
| Jan 28, 2009
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Q: I'm a 15-year-old girl and I have had my period since I was about 11. But now I'm two months late. I have never been anywhere close to a guy, but my parents are convinced that I am pregnant and want me to go get checked out. I'm terrified of doctors...
| Jan 30, 2007
Many women spend a lifetime trying to conceive a child; many spend a lifetime trying to avoid it. Learn about various methods of contraception and which is right for you. Discussions also include permanent sterilization.
Birth Control Options Over Age 40...
| Jan 14, 2008
The adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" doesn't always apply to distance runners.
Promising running careers can be interrupted or cut short -- and training goals derailed -- by overuse injuries known as stress fractures. Repeated pounding...
| Oct 22, 2009
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Sheldon J. Segal, who led the team that developed Norplant, Jadelle, Mirena and other long-lasting contraceptive agents that are used by more than 120 million women around the world and who promoted the idea that women did not have to have monthly...
| Oct 28, 2009
Q: I'm a 39-year-old female. In the last three to four months, I've been experiencing changes in my menstrual cycle marked by excessive bleeding and clotting. My gynecologist has suggested cryoablation of the uterus. Are there alternatives or is this...