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First period after having a baby: What to expect
Many women wonder what to expect from their first postpartum period, as well as when to expect it. In this article, learn about the first period after having a baby, including how to tell the difference between lochia and a period, and when to resume birth control. (Medical News Today)

How soon can you get pregnant after giving birth?
While it is unlikely, a woman can get pregnant before the first postpartum period. In this article, learn more about how soon a woman can get pregnant after having a baby, how long doctors recommend waiting, and about the possible risks of pregnancies that are too close together. (Medical News Today)

What is an estradiol test and why is it used?
Estradiol is a form of the hormone estrogen, which plays a role in many aspects of growth and development. Doctors can measure estradiol levels with a blood test and may request one if they suspect any problems with sexual development or fertility. Learn more about the test's uses here, and what the results may mean. (Medical News Today)

Should you take a pregnancy test? 10 signs
Nausea, a missed period, and breast changes are all common early signs of pregnancy. Learn more about these and other signs that you should take a pregnancy test. (Medical News Today)

Different baby positions during pregnancy: What to know
During pregnancy, the fetus changes position often, but some positions are safer than others just before childbirth. In this article, learn about baby positions in the womb, including anterior, posterior, transverse lie, and three types of breech position. (Medical News Today)

What to know about transvaginal ultrasounds
A transvaginal ultrasound is an imaging scan that doctors use to examine the inside of a person’s pelvic region. By inserting a scope into the vaginal canal, the doctor can identify certain health issues. Here, we look at the uses of transvaginal ultrasounds, how to prepare for this procedure, and what to expect. (Medical News Today)

What causes an absence of menstruation?
An absence of menstruation, also called amenorrhea, means either that a person has not started having periods by the age of 16 or that someone who has started menstruating has missed three periods in a row. In this article, learn about 13 causes of amenorrhea, possible additional symptoms, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How to stop or speed up your period
Periods often occur at inconvenient times, and people may sometimes want to speed up or stop their period once it has started. There is no foolproof way to do this, but certain methods may work for some people. Hormonal contraception allows people to plan when to have a period or stop their periods permanently. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Foley bulb induction
A Foley bulb induction is when a doctor inserts a small balloon into the cervix to help it dilate faster. Foley bulb induction is one of many ways to induce labor. There are few side effects and the procedure is safe for most women. Learn more about the procedure, benefits, and risks. (Medical News Today)

What days can you get pregnant?
Females are most fertile within a day or two of ovulation, which is known as the fertile window. Being able to calculate when the fertile window will occur may be helpful for couples trying to conceive, and for those who want to avoid pregnancy by using fertility awareness contraception. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What does the LH surge mean for pregnancy?
The levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) rise just before ovulation, and the increase triggers the release of an egg from an ovary. Just after this LH surge, the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle occurs. Tracking LH levels can help to time intercourse and increase the chances of becoming pregnant. (Medical News Today)

Can I take Plan B on the pill?
It is essential that people keep taking birth control pills even if they use the Plan B emergency contraception pill. This will help prevent unwanted pregnancy. There may be side effects of taking both pills due to the increase in hormones, but combining them will not impact on their effectiveness. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Mountain Dew does not kill sperm
There is a persistent myth that the popular drink Mountain Dew kills sperm cells. Some people incorrectly think components of the drink, including caffeine and tartrazine, affect male fertility. This is not true. Learn more about what other factors to do with a person’s health might affect fertility here. (Medical News Today)

Briefs or boxer shorts? A new study settles the debate
Which type of underwear is better for preserving men's fertility? The largest study to have ever investigated the matter now settles the dispute. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a chemical pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy results in very early pregnancy loss, usually in the first few weeks. During a chemical pregnancy, hCG levels are elevated enough to produce a positive result on a pregnancy test, but they dip down again before a doctor can confirm the pregnancy. Learn more about the signs and symptoms here. (Medical News Today)

Ovarian torsion: Everything you need to know
Ovarian torsion is when an ovary twists around its own ligaments. This can cause severe pain, nausea, and abdominal tenderness. People should seek urgent medical care for ovarian torsion, as the ovary tissue may die without prompt intervention. In this article, find out about the symptoms and risk factors. (Medical News Today)

What to know about vaginal steaming
Vaginal steaming refers to exposing the vagina to steam to cleanse it and enhance its health. In addition to hot steam, some people put herbs in the water for added benefits. In this article, learn about whether vaginal steaming is safe and effective, as well as about the possible risks. (Medical News Today)

What are the miscarriage rates by week?
Most pregnancies end with a healthy birth, even if the mother has a history of or has risk factors for a pregnancy loss. Miscarriage rates by week are averages and cannot take a woman's individual health or risk factors into account. The chance of a miscarriage is drastically reduced after the first trimester. (Medical News Today)

What to do about an evaporation line on a pregnancy test
An evaporation line on a pregnancy test is a faint, non-colored line that may appear if a person uses the test incorrectly. In this article, learn to tell the difference between an evaporation line and a positive test result. We also describe how pregnancy tests work and how to prevent evaporation lines from appearing. (Medical News Today)

Is there a way to lose weight on birth control?
Many women who use birth control believe that weight gain can be a side effect. While studies oppose weight gain related to birth control pills, some individuals report gaining weight after they start taking them. However, lifestyle changes can help weight control when a person is on birth control. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the symptoms of a polyp of the cervix?
Cervical polyps are small growths on the cervix. They may cause symptoms that include spotting between periods or bleeding after sexual intercourse or menopause. Causes may include high estrogen levels or chronic inflammation. It is possible to remove polyps surgically, and they do not usually return. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to switch birth control pills properly
People can switch birth control pills with minimal issues by following a few simple guidelines. In this article, learn how to switch birth control pills and reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. We also explain how birth control pills work and the possible side effects, such as spotting and tender breasts. (Medical News Today)

What's the link between birth control and headaches?
Forms of hormonal birth control, such as contraceptive pills, can cause headaches and migraines in some people. In others, these contraceptives can improve headaches. A person who has a history of migraines with auras should avoid certain hormones. Learn more about the link between birth control and headaches here. (Medical News Today)

Why is a prolactin level test done?
A prolactin level test is done to look for health conditions that relate to the hormone prolactin. Results may indicate pituitary disorders, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, or liver disease. Male and female fertility and milk production are also affected. Treatment for high levels includes medication. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Why do I have two periods in a month?
While occasional changes in the menstrual cycle are not unusual, frequently experiencing two periods in a month may indicate an underlying medical issue. In this article, learn about the causes of a short menstrual cycle, including perimenopause, thyroid problems, and endometriosis. We also cover when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

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