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Oral Contraceptives for Perimenopausal Women
Many women experience irregular periods, intensified PMS, and irritability before they meet the clinical requirements for starting hormone replacement therapy. For these women, the newest treatment is birth control pills. These pills can alleviate annoying symptoms while offering protection from unwanted pregnancy.

Cholesterol Levels in Women
Your doctor wants to start you on medicine because of your levels. Surprisingly, it can mean different things for women that it does for men. The standard advice might not be right for you.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis or Gardnerella is one of the most common vaginal infections women can have. Learn how to find out if you have it, even if you have no symptoms, what it can be confused with. A step-by-step overview of the lab report of a typical BV infection is included. Treatment options are rated in terms of effectiveness, side effects, convenience, and costs

Treating Vaginal Dryness Without A Prescription
Whether genital sex is uncomfortable or you have an itching, burning sensation, vaginal dryness affects women. From "do it yourself" to "over the counter" to herbals. There's many ways to solve the problem of vaginal dryness without hormones or a trip to the doctor. Learn about all the ways and their pros and cons to find the right one for you.

Why Girls with Attention Deficit Disorder Go Undiagnosed
Are you a girl who is daydreamy? A procrastinator? One who is shy and sensitive? And whose room looks like a cyclone hit it? Are you a teen who used to be like that? But now, you are having trouble with school, very social, and into very risky behavior (drugs, sex, eating disorder and alcohol), and getting depressed? You may have undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD is much different in girls and more than twice as likely to be overlooked. Find out how ADD is different in females.

Breast Cancer Risk
Check out the new interactive program that will estimate your inherited risk of breast cancer.

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