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A color-coded guide to vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge often changes colors, depending on the time of the menstrual cycle. Some colors indicate that the area is healthy, while others can signal an infection or a hormonal imbalance. In this article, we provide a color-coded guide to vaginal discharge. Learn what the colors show and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can dehydration affect pregnancy?
Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at other times. This is because the body has an increased demand for water. Dehydration can be dangerous for the mother and baby, so it is important to pay attention to the early warning signs of dehydration during pregnancy and to learn how you can prevent dehydration. (Medical News Today)

Which treatments work for stretch marks?
Stretch marks are common during periods of sudden growth. While they often fade over time, they can be permanent. Some people try to reduce the appearance of these marks at home using creams or lotions, herbal remedies, self-tanner, or hyaluronic acid. Here, we explore the evidence behind popular methods. (Medical News Today)

Can you use a heating pad while pregnant?
It is safe to use heating pads during pregnancy so long as they do not raise the body temperature too much. Heating pads can soothe the many aches and pains that arise during pregnancy. In this article, we discuss safe ways to relieve pain, including the benefits of heat pads and why it is best to avoid hot tubs. (Medical News Today)

Common infections during pregnancy
During pregnancy, a person’s body goes through many changes. Some of these changes may make it more likely for them to get certain infections. In this article, we look at common vaginal and whole-body infections that affect women during pregnancy, how these infections might affect the baby, and how to prevent them. (Medical News Today)

Why can you have a missed period on birth control?
A person can miss a period while taking birth control pills for many reasons. The pills contain several hormones that affect the menstrual cycle, and stress levels and other issues can play a role. In this article, learn about how the pills work, and seven factors that can cause a person on the pill to miss a period. (Medical News Today)

Is crab and other seafood safe to eat during pregnancy?
Many women are concerned about the seafood they eat during pregnancy due to the risk of food poisoning and high mercury content. Fortunately, cooked crab, imitation crab, and lobster are safe to eat when they are correctly prepared. Learn more about which fish to eat or avoid and all about the safety of fish products. (Medical News Today)

Lower back pain and vaginal discharge: What to know
Lower back pain and vaginal discharge are common on their own. When they occur together, this can point to specific medical issues. In this article, learn about seven possible causes of both lower back pain and vaginal discharge. We also describe risk factors, diagnostic methods, and treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Lightning crotch: What to know about shooting pain during pregnancy
Some pregnant people may experience lightning crotch, which is a shooting pain in the vagina, rectum, or pelvis. Doctors do not fully understand its causes, but there are several home remedies that can help to ease the symptoms. Here, we look at the possible causes of lightning crotch and explain when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can babies and toddlers drink almond milk?
Ideally, babies should not be given milks other than breast milk until their first birthday. After that, parents may wonder what the best option is for them. While cow's milk contains protein and fat, fortified almond milk can be just as healthful when introduced into a well-balanced diet. Learn more. (Medical News Today)

Serum iron test: High, low, and normal ranges
A serum iron test can tell doctors whether a person has low, healthy, or high iron levels. Normal levels vary between individuals, but having a result outside the standard ranges may indicate a health problem. Learn the possible causes of an abnormal serum iron test result, and how to treat the underlying conditions. (Medical News Today)

What to know about low blood sugar in the morning
Blood glucose levels drop during the night, which means that people with diabetes may experience low blood sugar in the mornings. This is called morning hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar is anything below 70 mg/dL. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for low blood sugar in the mornings here. (Medical News Today)

What happens during a pelvic exam?
A pelvic exam involves visually and physically checking the female reproductive system and sexual organs. These exams may be part of an annual checkup, and they are performed regularly during pregnancy. They can also help to diagnose infections and other issues. Here, learn what to expect and what the results may mean. (Medical News Today)

Which essential oils help with nausea?
There are many essential oils that might be beneficial for a range of symptoms. Lots of people use them to treat nausea. Researchers have studied several oils that may work, including ginger and lemon oil, but results remain inconclusive. Here, learn more about the best essential oils for nausea and how to use them. (Medical News Today)

How to treat a loose tooth in adults
Losing teeth is a regular part of growing up. In adults, however, loose teeth may be a cause for concern. Adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime and should not fall out. We explore reasons that teeth may loosen, including gum disease and osteoporosis. Learn about preventing further damage, treatments, and more. (Medical News Today)

What causes hydronephrosis?
Hydronephrosis in adults is often caused by an underlying condition, such as kidney stones. In newborn babies, it can be caused by problems with the tubes that connect the kidneys and bladder. In this article, we look at hydronephrosis and explain the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and complications. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between breast-feeding and breast cancer?
It is possible, though rare, to develop breast cancer while breast-feeding. However, there are many other possible causes of breast lumps in lactating women. In this article, we look at the link between breast cancer and lactation. We also explain what to do if you find a breast lump while breast-feeding. (Medical News Today)

Which exercises are safe during early pregnancy?
Low-impact exercises, such as yoga and swimming, are usually safe during pregnancy. Slightly more vigorous forms, such as jogging, are also appropriate in the early stages. Here, we explore the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, how to establish a good routine, and which activities are safe in the first trimester. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: The placenta may explain risk
The placenta may explain why some people genetically predisposed to schizophrenia go on to develop the disorder, while others don't. (Medical News Today)

What can cause pain in the diaphragm area?
The diaphragm, a sheet of muscle in the middle chest area, is essential for breathing. Any diaphragm pain can, therefore, be very alarming. Possible causes of pain include trauma, musculoskeletal problems, and pregnancy. The treatment will depend on the cause. Learn more about the causes and their treatments here. (Medical News Today)

What is hyperosmia and what causes it?
Hyperosmia is a heightened sense of smell. This sensory change is often caused by another condition, such as specific autoimmune and neurological disorders. In this article, we look at the range of conditions that can lead to hyperosmia, the complications it can cause, and steps people can take to treat it. (Medical News Today)

Common nipple problems and their causes
Discharge, pain, or itching are common problems that affect the nipples and can occur in anyone. Most nipple conditions are not serious and are easily treated, but some symptoms could indicate an underlying health issue. This article explores the many symptoms, causes, and treatments for common nipple problems. (Medical News Today)

Why does my urine smell like popcorn?
The odor of a person's urine can say a lot about their health. Various factors can make urine smell like popcorn, including pregnancy, diabetes, and a high level of ketones in the bloodstream. In this article, we look at the reasons why urine may smell like popcorn and explain when a person should see their doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can stomach problems cause lower back pain?
The back is a sensitive part of the body, which has many nerves and organs nearby. This means that issues such as digestive conditions can occur at the same time as back pain. Back pain and bloating are common symptoms of injury, pregnancy, or gastrointestinal problems. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

When can I have sex after being pregnant?
What are the recommendations for how long women should wait before resuming sexual intercourse after pregnancy? How does giving birth affect sex? Factors influencing the decision to resume sexual activity include pain, stress, the healing process after delivery, and the impact of hormonal changes. (Medical News Today)

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