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FAQ: About Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle

This page provides answers to commonly asked questions about menstruation, including the onset, length of cycle, possible problems, and when to see a health care professional.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Premenstrual Syndrome: Frequently Asked Questions

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur 1 to 2 weeks before your monthly period starts. An online form is offered to help you track your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious but uncommon infection caused by either Staphylococcus aureus bacteria or by streptococcus bacteria. Originally linked to the use of tampons, it is now also known to be associated with the diaphragm and other birth control methods.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea — the absence of menstruation — can happen during puberty or later in life. Pregnancy may be your first thought if you miss a period, but there are many reasons why you might not be menstruating regularly.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Physician Directory

Search this directory to find an obstetrician-gynecologist in your area.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Bacterial Vaginosis Fact Sheet

Learn how to prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV) which can lead to other health problems.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chronic Pelvic Pain: Patient Education Brochure

This page provides information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic pelvic pain (CPP), including a list of things you can do to help your doctor diagnose and treat you.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

International Pelvic Pain Society

Coping with Common Period Problems

Most girls have to deal with PMS, cramps, or headaches around the time of their periods. Here are the facts on which period problems are common and normal — and which ones might indicate there's something else going on.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy Prevention

There are so many myths about preventing pregnancy. These videos set the record straight.

Review Date: April 05, 2012

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Fibroids

The common name for fibroids is uterine fibroids, which are tumors or lumps made of muscle cells and other tissue that grow within the walls of the uterus. This document provides information about fibroids, including risk factors, symptoms, treatment options, and more.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

National Women's Health Network

Find a Gynecologic Oncologist

If you have been diagnosed with a gynecological cancer, such as cervical, endometrial, uterine or ovarian cancer, use this search tool to locate a gynecologic oncologist in your area.

Review Date: October 28, 2014

Foundation for Women's Cancer

Find a Health Center - Planned Parenthood

Search from more than 820 health centers nationwide for a nearby health center that provides high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and teens.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Gynecologic Problems: Vaginitis

Vaginitis is an inflammation of a woman’s vagina. This page explains why vaginitis occurs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vaginitis, and how to reduce your risk.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Helping a Girl with Reproductive Health

Helping your daughter understand her reproductive system can help her feel confident and learn healthy habits. This article gives parents an understanding of sexual and reproductive health for teen girls.

Review Date: August 15, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Menstrual Cramps (Dysmenorrhea)

This overview discusses signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, screening and diagnosis, complications, treatment and self-care of menstrual cramps.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

PID is the most common preventable cause of infertility in the United States. The scarring that results from inflammation and infection of the female reproductive organs can lead to infertility, tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and more. Find out what you can do to prevent PID.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Premenstrual Syndrome

Many women feel physical or mood changes during the days before menstruation. Learn how PMS can affect you, how it is diagnosed, and what you can do for relief.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Self-Help Tips for Vulvar Skin Care

While you are seeking effective treatment for vulvar pain, find coping measures to relieve symptoms and prevent further irritation.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

National Vulvodynia Association

Urinary Incontinence in Women

This document provides an overview of the types of urinary incontinence in women and their related treatments. Bladder retraining and Kegel exercises are explained too,

Review Date: January 24, 2013

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Uterine Fibroids: Risk Factors

There is no known cause for uterine fibroids. Nevertheless, age, race, lifestyle and genetics may well play a part in the overall scheme of your health and your own body's tendency to develop symptomatic uterine fibroids. Learn about the foods that have protective value against uterine fibroids and those to avoid.

Review Date: June 08, 2012

National Uterine Fibroids Foundation

Vaginal Yeast Infections Fact Sheet

Learn how to prevent vaginal yeast infections.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why See a Gynecologist?

If you are a young woman, find out when and why you need to start seeing a gynecologist.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Your First Gynecologic Visit- (PDF)

If you have never had a gynecologic exam before, you may have questions about what will happen at your first visit. This pamphlet will explain what to expect during a pelvic exam, Pap Test, and more.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists