Women’s Health

Menopause

Menopause

Menopause is a natural change that occurs to all women. Symptoms due to menopause vary from person to person, but more common symptoms include hot flashes, increased need to urinate, pain during intercourse and irritable mood. Menopause is caused by a change in hormones and having the estrogen levels decrease. There are treatments available that can help to make dealing with menopause easier. These treatment options include hormone therapy, over-the-counter prescriptions and changes in diet.

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Osteoperosis

Osteoperosis

Osteoporosis is a common health issue found in women. It is caused by a decreased density in the bones due to a decline in the amount of estrogen that the body produces. This makes the bones more susceptible to fractures and breaks, which is the main symptom. Hormone and estrogen replacement therapy are the main types of treatment. Other treatment options include increasing calcium and vitamin D intake.

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Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts occur quite commonly in women. They are caused by changes in the way that the ovaries release eggs. Ovarian cysts generally do not cause any symptoms. If symptoms are present they may include frequent urination, weight gain, abdominal pain or changes in the menstrual cycle. Severe symptoms may occur if the cyst ruptures or starts bleeding. Usually treatment is not required because they go away on their own. If a cyst is persistent, birth control may be prescribed.

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Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common health issue that women go through. Premenstrual syndrome is caused by changes within the endocrine system including fluctuations in chemicals. Symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome include breast tenderness, fatigue, increased irritability, food cravings, bloating and more. Common treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise, reducing caffeine intake and more.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are a common health problem. They occur initially in the urethra and can spread to the bladder and kidneys. Some of the main symptoms associated with a urinary tract infection include fever, pain, chills, foul smelling urine and an increased need to urinate. Urinary tract infections are caused by germs travelling up the urethra to the bladder and kidneys. Antibiotics are generally the first line of treatment for urinary tract infections.

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Yeast Infection

Yeast Infection

A yeast infection is a problematic fungal infection that is also referred to as candidiasis. Yeast infections are fairly common in women, and rarely occur in men. There are different types of bacteria that can cause yeast infections. Antibiotics, pregnancy and perfumed products can increase one's risk of developing a yeast infection. Yeast infections have a wide variety of symptoms including painful urination, abnormal discharge and itching around the vagina. There are a number of options that can be used to treat a yeast infection including vaginal capsules, prescription vaginal medication and oral medication.

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