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Who Should Get Tested for Cervical Cancer?

woman childCervical cancer can be detected with screening tests: a Pap test and a human papillomavirus (HPV) test. These can be done as part of a pelvic exam. Most doctors suggest that anyone with a cervix begin getting tested at age 21 and repeat every few years until age 65, but ask your doctor what’s right for you. Learn more about cervical cancer screenings.

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Urinary Incontinence? You’re Not Alone.

Urinary incontinence—the accidental release of urine—is common, especially among older women. Stress incontinence happens when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or do other things that put pressure on your bladder. Urge incontinence happens when you suddenly need to urinate and can’t reach the toilet in time. Incontinence can be caused by many things, such as weak muscles in the lower urinary tract, childbirth, and weight gain. Cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, and smoking can also help. Discover how keeping a “bladder diary” and talking with your doctor can help.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections in Women: Know the Symptoms

If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), don’t be embarrassed or afraid to see a health professional right away. Your doctor knows what to look for and how to help. Many women don’t have symptoms, but warning signs can include pain, burning, itching, sores, a change in vaginal discharge, or even fever and fatigue. Even if you start to feel better on your own, the STI has not gone away, so don’t have sex until after your appointment. Get more information on STI symptoms to watch for.

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Dealing With Yeast Infections

Most women will have a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives. Tight clothing, antibiotics, and birth control pills can lead to yeast infections. The main symptoms are an annoying itch and a change in vaginal discharge. If you’ve had yeast infections before, you can try over-the-counter creams to feel better. But if this is the first time you’ve had symptoms, or if you’re pregnant, it’s best to see your doctor. Yeast infections are no fun, but with a little time and a little help, you’ll soon feel better.

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Social Media Teasers

  • If you have a cervix, you should get screened for cervical cancer every few years. Learn more about Pap and HPV tests.
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  • Struggling with urinary incontinence? Discover how keeping a “bladder diary” and talking with your doctor can help.
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  • If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), don’t be embarrassed or afraid to see a health professional right away. Your doctor knows what to look for and how to help. [Create a shortened URL to Sexually Transmitted Infections: Symptoms in Women on your website. DOCHWID=tw5926]
  • Yeast infections are no fun. Learn when to see your doctor and when to try over-the-counter creams. [Create a shortened URL to the video Vaginal Yeast Infection: Here’s Help on your website. DOCHWID=abs1163]

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