Gynecologists: When to visit and what to expect

Gynecologists are doctors who specialize in women’s health, with a focus on the female reproductive system. They deal with a wide range of issues, including obstetrics, or pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation and fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hormone disorders, and others. In the United States, some women prefer to visit a well-woman clinic rather than a READ MORE

5 menstruation myths you must leave behind

Approximately half of the world’s population experiences, will experience, or has experienced menstruation, and yet myths about this biological process still abound. In this Spotlight feature, we debunk some of the most widespread menstruation misconceptions. As of 2017, the world’s population numbers 7.53 billion people, of which 3.73 billion are born with female genitalia. Virtually all of READ MORE

Breast lump: Early evaluation is essential

If you find a breast lump or other change in your breast, you might worry about breast cancer. That’s understandable. But breast lumps are common, and most often they’re noncancerous (benign), particularly in younger women. Still, it’s important to have any breast lump evaluated by a doctor, especially if it’s new, feels different from your READ MORE

How long can I safely take birth control pills?

As long as you are generally healthy, you can safely take birth control pills for however long you need birth control or until you reach menopause. This applies to both combination estrogen-progestin and progestin-only birth control pills. However, certain health conditions increase the risk of using estrogen-containing birth control pills. Throughout your lifetime and as READ MORE

What causes vaginal itching?

Vulvar and vaginal itching are common. There are several possible causes, including irritation, yeast infections, and certain skin conditions. The vulva is the outer part of female genitals, including the lips, clitoris, bladder opening, and vaginal opening. The vagina is the internal tube that leads from the uterus to the vulva. People may experience itching around the READ MORE