Missed or Irregular Periods - Topic Overview
If you're not pregnant, causes of missed or irregular periods can include eating disorders, stress, increased exercise, and medication.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding - Prevention
You may be able to prevent abnormal vaginal bleeding. Maintain a healthy weight. Women who are overweight or underweight have more problems with abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Sexual Abuse: Signs and Symptoms - Topic Overview
Signs of sexual abuse may not be apparent without an examination of the genital area. These signs include: Bruises,scars,chafing,or bite marks in the genital area. Discharge or bleeding from the vagina. Rectal or genital bleeding. Anal tears or dilation. Symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI),such as gonorrhea,chlamydia,syphilis,or HIV. Vaginal bleeding in a child ...
A pelvic ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the organs and structures in the lower belly (pelvis).
Making the Most of Your Appointment - Overview
Many people are more satisfied with their health care if they share the responsibility with their health professionals. Your health professional is an expert on medical care, but you are the expert on yourself. Often there is more than one option for diagnosing or treating a condition. By partnering with your health professional, you can help choose the option that best fits your values, beliefs,
A luteinizing hormone test measures the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in a sample of blood or urine. LH is produced by the pituitary gland. In women, LH helps regulate the menstrual cycle and egg production (ovulation).
A follicle-stimulating hormone test measures the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in a blood sample.
A progesterone test measures the amount of the hormone progesterone in a blood sample. Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during release of a mature egg from an ovary (ovulation).
A pelvic examination is a complete physical exam of a woman's pelvic organs by a health professional. A pelvic exam helps a health professional evaluate the size and position of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Symptoms
Premenstrual symptoms are a natural part of the menstrual cycle, affecting over 85% of women at some time during their lives. If your body doesn't react strongly to its monthly hormonal changes, you probably have mild premenstrual symptoms or none at all.