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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)

What to know about cramps on birth control
Doctors often prescribe birth control to help reduce cramps, so are cramps on birth control normal? Pelvic pain may be common as the body adjusts to hormonal medications, but these symptoms should lessen over time. In this article, learn about which birth control methods can cause cramps and how to relieve symptoms. (Medical News Today)

The clitoris: What is there to know about this mystery organ?
How much do you know about the clitoris? Why is it so often shrouded in mystery? Read this Spotlight to learn more about the female genital organ. (Medical News Today)

Vaginal dryness: 'Women, please report symptoms,' urge experts
Many women experience vaginal dryness, especially during and after menopause. Why don't most of them seek help, despite the associated pain and discomfort? (Medical News Today)

What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a condition that can be detected and treated, the key is knowing the symptoms. The earlier these are detected and diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, and painful sex. Learn more about early signs of ovarian cancer, and when to see a doctor, here. (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)

How do birth control pills affect menopause?
The use of birth control pills, or hormonal contraceptives, can mask some of the symptoms of menopause. This can make it difficult for a person to know if they are going through menopause. In this article, we answer some common questions about how birth control pills can affect the symptoms of menopause. (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)

What to know about menopause and sore breasts
Sore breasts are common during menstruation, but breast pain and discomfort can also occur during perimenopause and menopause. In this article, learn why breast pain can happen at this stage of life. We cover the home remedies that people can use to relieve pain, as well as when to see a doctor for breast symptoms. (Medical News Today)

What is the wet mount procedure?
One test for vaginitis is called a wet mount. Vaginitis is a term for several issues that involve infection or inflammation of the vagina or vulva. A wet mount checks for signs of bacteria and other microorganisms. Results can help to determine the type of vaginitis and the appropriate treatment. Learn more here. (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)

What can cause cramps and discharge?
Menstruation, endometriosis, and infections are all possible causes of cramps and discharge. For most people, the discomfort will pass, but severe or lasting symptoms could be more of a cause for concern. This article looks at reasons for cramps and discharge along with treatment, prevention, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?
There are different treatments available for menopause symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming a more popular alternative treatment, however, there is some dispute over how effective it is. Also, its legal status means that it is not available everywhere. Learn more about the potential use of CBD for menopause 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)

Vagina or discharge smells like onions: What to do
While a mild vaginal odor is healthy and all vaginas have a different smell, a strong scent of onions may indicate a problem. In this article, we explore the causes of a vagina that smells like onions. These include specific foods, bacterial vaginosis, and poor hygiene. We also cover treatment and prevention methods. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: New immunotherapy leads to complete regression
A new and improved form of immunotherapy led to complete regression of breast cancer in a patient who had not responded to any other treatments. (Medical News Today)

Why does perimenopause cause ovary pain?
Perimenopause is the time when the body is preparing for menopause, and it can last several years. During this time, hormones levels fluctuate. This can cause irregular menstruation that may be more painful than usual. Read on to learn what causes perimenopause ovary pain, in particular, and how to treat the symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Can you treat vulvovaginitis at home?
Vulvovaginitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the vulva and vagina. There are many potential causes, including yeast and bacterial infections, and sexually transmitted infections. The treatment depends on the cause, and there are some potential home remedies to try. Learn more about vulvovaginitis here. (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)

What can I take for PMDD?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is an uncommon condition that affects people during their menstrual cycle and can cause symptoms such as irritability and anxiety. Natural treatments, including meditation and exercise, can help to alleviate symptoms of the disorder. Learn more about natural treatments here. (Medical News Today)

What causes brown discharge before a period?
Brown discharge before a period is usually harmless, and there are many possible reasons for it. Sometimes, it can be an early indication of pregnancy or perimenopause. Less commonly, it could be a sign of an underlying condition. This article explores the causes of brown discharge, and when to see a doctor. (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)

Can you treat low progesterone levels naturally?
Boosting progesterone levels can help improve fertility or reduce menopause symptoms in some people. Doctors can prescribe products that contain progesterone, but can any natural products raise levels? In this article, we look at how people can raise their progesterone levels, and whether natural remedies can help. (Medical News Today)

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