Breast exams allow you a greater awareness of the condition of your breasts. It may help identify potential breast problems. Breast exam is a self inspection of your beasts. During a breast exam, you use your eyes and hands to observe the appearance and feel of your breasts.
Breast exams, once thought essential for early breast cancer detection, are now considered optional. While other breast cancer screening tests have been proved to save lives, there’s no evidence that breast exams can do this. What’s now stressed is breast awareness — being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts and the underlying tissue, as well as inspecting your breasts for new changes.
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Generally, arousal problems in women can’t be treated with a pill like Viagra. Viagra works by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes muscles in blood vessels of the penis. This increases blood flow and allows a man to have an erection in response to sexual stimulation. Although women experiencing loss of sex function due to antidepressants may respond to Viagra, for most women simply addressing difficulties with arousal may not get to the actual problem — which is often a lack of sexual desire.
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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects the way your body uses sugar (glucose) — your body’s main source of fuel. Gestational diabetes can cause high blood sugar levels that are unlikely to cause problems for you, but can threaten the health of your unborn baby. Gestational diabetes is usually short-lived. Blood sugar levels typically return to normal soon after delivery.
An estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of couples are classified as infertile, which means that they’ve been trying to get pregnant with frequent, unprotected intercourse for at least a year with no success. Of all couples classified as infertile, female infertility accounts for about 40 percent to 50 percent. In 30 percent to 40 percent of infertile couples, the man’s sperm is the cause, while the remaining 10 percent to 30 percent either is attributed to both male and female infertility or is unexplained. The cause of female infertility can be difficult to diagnose, but there are many resources and therapies available to treat it. And sometimes, treatment isn’t necessary: Half of all infertile couples will go on to conceive a child spontaneously within the next 36 months.
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Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Various strains of the human papillomavirus , a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years before it eventually converts some cells on the surface of the cervix into cancer cells. Half of cervical cancer cases occur in women between ages 35 and 55.
Thanks largely to Pap test screening, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased greatly over the last 50 years. Around the world, cervical cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death in women.
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