Vagina: What’s normal, what’s not.

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The vagina is a closed muscular canal that extends from the vulva — the outside of the female genital area — to the neck of the uterus (cervix). Various factors can affect the health of your vagina, including: Sex. Unprotected sex can result in a sexually transmitted infection. Forceful sex or an injury to...

ACNE

Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. Symptoms Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition: Whiteheads (closed plugged pores) Blackheads (open plugged pores — the oil turns brown when it...

Evaluating breast lumps

How should a breast self-exam be performed? 1) In the Shower  Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes...

Breast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk

Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits — such as limiting alcohol and staying physically active. Understand what you can do to reduce your breast cancer risk. If you're concerned about breast cancer, you might be wondering if there are steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention. Some risk factors, such as family history,...

Belly fat in women

What does your waistline say about your health? Find out why belly fat is more common after menopause, the danger it poses — and what to do about it. An expanding waistline is sometimes considered the price of getting older. For women, this can be especially true after menopause, when body fat tends to shift...