- Cycles are often irregular during the first 2 years after the onset of menstruation. These early cycles are often anovulatory-there is no ovulation during the menstrual cycle and therefore the luteal phase does not occur properly.
- Breast pain, also called mastalgia, is tenderness of the breasts that can occur at any time in a woman’s life. It may or may not be associated with her menstrual cycle. Breast pain is not necessarily an indication of a more serious condition.
- Ovarian masses and cysts are common in women. It is important to realize that the vast majority of these are benign.
- Douching. Despite all the advertising by manufacturers of feminine hygiene products, there are no practical reasons for women to douche on a regular basis
- Pap Smear. The Pap test is a way to examine cells collected from the cervix and vagina. This test can show the presence of infection, inflammation, abnormal cells, or cancer.
- Sebaceous Cysts. A sebaceous cyst is a benign, slow-growing bump containing dead skin, skin excretions, and other skin particles. They can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appear on the scalp, ears, face, back, and vulvar region or scrotum.
- Vaginal and/or genital bleeding in women who are in the menopause is abnormal unless it is related to hormone replacement therapy.
- Vaginitis. Vaginitis is a medical term that is used to refer to any infection or inflammation of the vagina. The symptoms of vaginitis are common and most women will have at least one form of vaginitis in their lifetime.
- Cervicitis. Cervicitis may be caused by a non-sexually transmitted infection of the cervix, or by one of several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease. Fibrocystic Breast Disease is not really a disease, but a common condition in which breast pain, cysts, and noncancerous lumps occur together.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. The most serious and common complication of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among women is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the upper genital tr