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Different types of nipples
There are many types of nipples, including puffy, hairy, protruding, and inverted. These types are based on appearance and come with no health risks. Learn more about types of nipples here. (Medical News Today)

Endometriosis: Are scientists making any headway?
Endometriosis is a common chronic condition, though nobody knows what drives its development. A new study takes us a little closer to tackling its causes. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?
New research analyzing a large dataset suggests there may be a link between sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women. (Medical News Today)

Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women
According to new research, the brain’s response to inflammation may explain why depression is more common in women than it is in men. (Medical News Today)

Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?
Most doctors agree that, in most cases, it is safe to masturbate while pregnant. In this article, we look at some of the myths and misconceptions that surround masturbation during pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

How to treat and prevent razor burn near the vagina
Shaving the hair around the vagina can sometimes cause razor burn, which can lead to skin irritation and pain. Razor burn tends to get better on its own, but trying home remedies and over-the-counter creams can help provide relief. Learn more about how to treat and prevent razor burn in the pubic area here. (Medical News Today)

More women risking heart health through lack of exercise
New research examines the patterns of physical activity among women in the United States who also have a form of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

What to know about ulcerative colitis and pregnancy
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of parts of the digestive system. It is possible for women with ulcerative colitis to get pregnant, have a healthy pregnancy, and give birth safely. Learn more about ulcerative colitis and pregnancy here. (Medical News Today)

What are the symptoms of gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy. Learn about the symptoms of gestational diabetes, such as increased thirst and blurred vision, here. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about Pap smears
A Pap smear is a routine test that doctors use to look for changes in the cervical cells. These changes may indicate cancer or precancer. Learn more about a Pap smear here. (Medical News Today)

Ways to prevent gestational diabetes
Although it is not always possible to prevent gestational diabetes, eating well and exercising regularly to achieve or maintain a healthy weight can reduce the risk. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Causes and treatment of vaginal cuts
Vaginal cuts and tears are common and can occur when a person is removing pubic hair or engaging in sexual activity. Minor cuts or tears are generally harmless and usually heal within a few days. However, a person with larger, deeper, or more numerous vaginal wounds may require medical treatment. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to expect during IUD insertion
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small device a doctor inserts into the uterus that helps prevent pregnancy. Learn about what to expect during an IUD insertion here. (Medical News Today)

Menstrual cups: Everything you need to know
A menstrual cup is a product that people can use instead of pads or tampons during their periods. In this article, learn how menstrual cups work and how to use one. (Medical News Today)

What causes spotting before a period?
Spotting before a period is usually harmless, and it may not always have a clear cause. However, it can sometimes be an early sign of pregnancy. Other possible causes can include hormonal fluctuations, starting a birth control pill, and perimenopause. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Patterns of antibiotic use may predict cardiovascular risk
A large cohort study has found a link between prolonged antibiotic use in middle age and later in life and an increased cardiovascular risk. (Medical News Today)

What is a chocolate cyst?
A chocolate cyst is an ovarian cyst filled with blood. These growths form in people with endometriosis, usually when the condition is severe. Here, learn about the treatments for chocolate cysts and their potential effects on fertility. (Medical News Today)

Low levels of 'bad cholesterol' may actually increase stroke risk
Recent findings suggest that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — or 'bad cholesterol' — have a heightened bleeding stroke risk. (Medical News Today)

Signs and symptoms of MS in women
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the nerves and causes a wide range of symptoms, including vision problems and numbness. In this article, learn about the symptoms of MS in women. (Medical News Today)

Dry nipples: Causes and treatment
The nipples are a sensitive area of the body. Many factors can cause nipple dryness, including chafing, eczema, and Paget’s disease of the breast. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments for dry nipples, as well as when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What can cause pain under the right breast?
Pain under the right breast often results from muscle strain or a minor injury, and it will usually get better on its own. However, pain in this area can also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a gastrointestinal issue, infection, or chest inflammation. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Could this protein explain why migraine is more common in women?
An animal study shows that certain nervous system responses to a protein that scientists have long known to play a role in migraine occur only in females. (Medical News Today)

What to know about female sex hormones
Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here. (Medical News Today)

Are large areolas normal?
Areolas can be large or small, and they come in many different shapes and colors. They can also change over time, for example, with age or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Learn more about areola size and reduction options here. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to use coconut oil for vaginal dryness?
Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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