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The Zika virus is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. It has also been determined that the virus can be transmitted sexually from partner to [...]
The flu is an infection caused by the influenza virus, a serious disease that can lead to serious complications and even death. Close to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu and up to 49,000 people die because of it every year, and 200,000 are hospitalized. The flu is more likely to cause [...]
It is clear that a nutritious, well balanced diet before and during pregnancy is the best gift a mother can give to her newborn child. A common misconception is that pregnant women should eat for two. The reality is close but not in that magnitude, pregnant women will need only an extra 300 calories a [...]
As you age, significant changes occur in your ovaries, where the estrogens and progesterone that help to control your menstrual cycle and help you achieve pregnancy are produced. Years before menopause, the ovaries start shrinking and the production of these hormones substantially decrease. As a result your periods may become irregular and infrequent until they [...]
GLOBALLY THE MOST COMMON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION. We all want to protect each other and ourselves from infections like HPV, and learning more about it is an important first step. The initials - HPV- are used to abbreviate the name of the virus, human papillomavirus. More than 100 types of HPV have been found, and [...]
Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle, normally found in the wall of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years, and about half of all women will have fibroids by age 50. The exact reasons why some women develop fibroids are unknown. [...]
The vagina serves as a passageway between the reproductive organs and the outside of the body. Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection. The pH balance [...]
Sexual complaints are very common among women of all ages. Particularly in young women. The most common symptom is low sex drive or libido, followed by difficulty achieving orgasm. A women's sexual desire naturally fluctuates over the years and throughout her different life stages such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. Another factor that can cause [...]
In the past few decades childbearing timing has changed, with late pursue of pregnancy becoming an increasing phenomenon. Whether the reason is the availability of better contraceptive options, wider opportunities for further education and career advancement for women, a late marriage or remarriage, or difficulty achieving pregnancy, more women are crossing the age of 35 [...]
Keeping a healthy weight is good for your physical and mental well-being. Good eating habits and moderate exercise are crucial to keeping a healthy weight and a fit body. Every function of the body—from building cells to moving muscles—needs energy. Energy is measured in calories. Calories also measure how much fuel is in a certain [...]