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  • Jul 2018

    Is there a way to lose weight on birth control?

    Many women who use birth control believe that weight gain can be a side effect. While studies oppose weight gain related to birth control pills, some individuals report gaining weight after they start taking them. However, lifestyle changes can help weight control when a person is on birth control. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the symptoms of a polyp of the cervix?

    Cervical polyps are small growths on the cervix. They may cause symptoms that include spotting between periods or bleeding after sexual intercourse or menopause. Causes may include high estrogen levels or chronic inflammation. It is possible to remove polyps surgically, and they do not usually return. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    How to switch birth control pills properly

    People can switch birth control pills with minimal issues by following a few simple guidelines. In this article, learn how to switch birth control pills and reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. We also explain how birth control pills work and the possible side effects, such as spotting and tender breasts.

  • Jul 2018

    What's the link between birth control and headaches?

    Forms of hormonal birth control, such as contraceptive pills, can cause headaches and migraines in some people. In others, these contraceptives can improve headaches. A person who has a history of migraines with auras should avoid certain hormones. Learn more about the link between birth control and headaches here.

  • Jun 2018

    Why is a prolactin level test done?

    A prolactin level test is done to look for health conditions that relate to the hormone prolactin. Results may indicate pituitary disorders, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, or liver disease. Male and female fertility and milk production are also affected. Treatment for high levels includes medication. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2018

    Why do I have two periods in a month?

    While occasional changes in the menstrual cycle are not unusual, frequently experiencing two periods in a month may indicate an underlying medical issue. In this article, learn about the causes of a short menstrual cycle, including perimenopause, thyroid problems, and endometriosis. We also cover when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about cramps on birth control

    Doctors often prescribe birth control to help reduce cramps, so are cramps on birth control normal? Pelvic pain may be common as the body adjusts to hormonal medications, but these symptoms should lessen over time. In this article, learn about which birth control methods can cause cramps and how to relieve symptoms.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer?

    Ovarian cancer is a condition that can be detected and treated, the key is knowing the symptoms. The earlier these are detected and diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, and painful sex. Learn more about early signs of ovarian cancer, and when to see a doctor, here.

  • Jun 2018

    How do birth control pills affect menopause?

    The use of birth control pills, or hormonal contraceptives, can mask some of the symptoms of menopause. This can make it difficult for a person to know if they are going through menopause. In this article, we answer some common questions about how birth control pills can affect the symptoms of menopause.

  • Jun 2018

    Chlamydia and erectile dysfunction: What's the link?

    Some people who have chlamydia also experience erectile dysfunction (ED), which involves problems getting or maintaining an erection. Chlamydia can infect the prostate gland, leading to prostatitis, pain, and ED. In this article, learn more about the link between this common infection and ED, and treatments for both.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the health benefits of shatavari?

    Shatavari, also called Asparagus racemosus, is a root used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to boost female reproductive health, but what does the research say? Learn more about the uses, benefits, and side effects of shatavari here.

  • May 2018

    Can you treat low progesterone levels naturally?

    Boosting progesterone levels can help improve fertility or reduce menopause symptoms in some people. Doctors can prescribe products that contain progesterone, but can any natural products raise levels? In this article, we look at how people can raise their progesterone levels, and whether natural remedies can help.

  • Apr 2018

    Can you get pregnant with an anteverted uterus?

    The uterus usually tilts one way or another. When the uterus is tilted forward toward the abdomen, it is known as an anteverted uterus. 75 percent of women have this. It is normal and has no impact on the ability to get pregnant or sexual health. Learn more about this natural variation of the uterus here.

  • Mar 2018

    Are random erections normal?

    Erections, or boners, can happen at any time and without stimulation. Males of all ages can experience random erections, often first thing in the morning. They may be caused by daily changes in testosterone levels. Here, we talk about the causes and management of random erections, and links with erectile dysfunction.

  • Mar 2018

    What causes an enlarged clitoris?

    An enlarged or swollen clitoris is usually caused by normal sexual arousal. Otherwise, a hormone imbalance or medical condition such as PCO may be responsible. Medically, this is called clitoromegaly. In this article, learn more about causes of an enlarged clitoris in adults and children, and when to seek treatment.

  • Mar 2018

    What are the white spots on my foreskin?

    Learn about the many causes of white spots on the penis and foreskin. These pimples can be harmless or the results of infections, sometimes sexually transmitted. Find out about the other symptoms that can affect the foreskin, as well as what treatments there are to get rid of white spots on the foreskin.

  • Mar 2018

    Why are there white bumps on my penis?

    There are many causes for white bumps on the penis, including whiteheads and Fordyce spots. Learn how to identify these bumps, their causes, and treatments.

  • Mar 2018

    Is it normal to have differently sized testicles?

    Most men have asymmetrical testicles. Find out what is normal, what causes enlarged testicles, and how to check for testicular abnormalities.

  • Mar 2018

    How deep is a vagina? What to know

    Just as woman can have different sized breasts, hands, and feet, the depth of vaginas also varies. Learn about the average depth in this article.

  • Mar 2018

    Common allergy drugs may harm testicular function

    Antihistamines are a class of drugs commonly used to treat allergies. A new study, however, suggests that they could impair men's testicular function.

  • Feb 2018

    What causes a tilted uterus?

    A look at tilted uterus, a condition where the uterus is tipped backward. Included is detail on symptoms, fertility, and how it is diagnosed.

  • Feb 2018

    Drinking soda daily may harm your fertility

    Researchers have uncovered a link between conception and soda: drinking it daily could harm your chances of becoming pregnant. This goes for men and women.

  • Feb 2018

    What happens during a testicular ultrasound?

    Learn all about testicular ultrasound and its uses. This article explains the procedure, what to expect, and how to prepare for your scan.

  • Feb 2018

    What is a bicornuate uterus?

    A look at bicornuate uterus, a condition where the uterus is shaped like a heart. Included is detail on how it is diagnosed, and when to see a doctor.

  • Jan 2018

    The 10 best period tracking apps

    If you want to become an expert on when your next period is due or become more body aware, period tracking apps can help you. Here are the best 10 apps.