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Common STD Symptoms

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Don’t be embarrassed: millions of people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) each year within the United States. You probably are not the first—nor the last—person to ask your doctor what to do next. After a slight moment of honesty, there’s good news: most STDs are curable, and all of them are treatable when cared […]

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Advanced Energy Systems for Laparoscopic Gynecology Procedures

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Multifunctional technology yields reliable outcomes, enhances patient safety, and increases procedure efficiency This supplement was supported by a grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Energy-based surgical devices, such as the Harmonic ACE® and ENSEAL®, allow surgeons to cut and coagulate with increased efficiency. However, the strengths and weaknesses of each device have not been debated. In […]

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Birth Control Options for Women over 40

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If you’re over 40, most likely your kids are grown or out of the house – and birth control is the furthest thing from your mind. While it’s true that fertility declines with age, women are not infertile until they enter menopause; in fact, it’s not uncommon for women who are going through menopause to […]

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What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

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Cervical cancer is, like all diseases, something you should watch for year-round. But a new year and a new season mean a fresh start – and a renewal of resolutions we’ve made and not kept in past years. Everyone at Walnut Hill will tell you that one of the best promises you can make is one to yourself: a promise to maintain and pay attention to your gynecological health.

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A Balanced Look at the Menstrual Cycle

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Some young women feel it coming days before they get it. Others are hardly aware they have it. Friends who compare notes about their periods will probably find that menstruation — the monthly shedding of the lining of the uterus, or womb-affects each of them a little differently, both physically and emotionally. “The menstrual cycle […]

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Chlamydial Infection


What is Chlamydia? Chlamydial (“kla-mid-ee-uhl”) infection is one of the leading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States today. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 4 million new cases occur each year. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious complication of chlamydial infection, has emerged as a major cause […]

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Chancroid occurs continuously in some areas of the United States and in discrete outbreaks in other areas. Chancroid is usually present for HIV transmission to occur. High rates of HIV infection among patients who have chancroid have been reported in the United States and other countries. An estimated 10% of patients who have chancroid could […]

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Bacterial Vaginosis

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Vaginitis is usually characterized by a vaginal discharge or by vulvar itching and irritation; a vaginal odor may be present. The three diseases most frequently associated with vaginal discharge are trichomoniasis (caused by T. vaginalis), Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) (caused by a replacement of the normal vaginal flora by an overgrowth of anaerobic microorganisms and Gardnerella […]

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