During menstruation, the hormone prostaglandin prompts the uterus to contract and cast off its lining. The hormone also contributes to the cramping and pressure sensation in the lower abdomen associated with periods. Although you should consult a gynecologist if the discomfort is severe and makes it difficult to function, below are remedies to try at…

An irregular period, or oligomenorrhea, can be caused by a variety of factors. If you have been experiencing irregular periods, your gynecologist will determine the cause. The guide below discusses common causes of irregular periods so you can discuss potential sources of issues with your doctor. What It Is In a regular menstrual cycle, the…

Visiting your gynecologist for an annual exam protects your overall health. The doctor can identify and diagnose abnormalities, such as itchiness or painful cramps, and prescribe treatments to prevent the problems from worsening. During the checkup, you can also ask questions, including those listed below, to expand your knowledge about your reproductive health. What Questions Should You…

3 Myths About Pap Smears

A Pap smear is a vital part of a gynecological exam used to screen for HPV and abnormal cells that can develop into cervical cancer. However, there are many common misconceptions surrounding Pap smears, from how getting one feels to when you need one. To learn more about why these tests are a crucial part…

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