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  • Disease

    Bartholin’s cyst or abscess

    External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries and cervix.

    Bartholin’s abscess is the buildup of pus that forms a lump () in one of the Bartholin’s glands, which are located on each side of the vaginal opening.

  • Special Topic

    Birth control and family planning

    The female condom, like the male condom, is a barrier contraceptive made of latex or polyurethane. The condom has a ring on each end. The ring that is placed inside the vagina fits over the cervix, while the other ring, which is open, rests outside of the vagina and covers the vulva. The female condom is sold over-the-counter.

    Which form of birth control you choose depends on a number of different factors, including your health, how often you have sex, and whether or not you want children.Which of the following are birth control options for women?The correct answer is all of the above. Your choice of birth control should ...

  • Special Topic

    Birth control pills - overview

    Birth control pills (BCPs) contain man-made forms of hormones that are normally made in a woman’s ovaries. These hormones are called estrogen and progestin. Birth control pills will have either both of these hormones, or progestin only. Both hormones prevent a woman’s ovary from ...

  • Symptoms

    Breast - premenstrual tenderness and swelling

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    Premenstrual swelling and tenderness of both breasts occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle.

  • Disease

    Breast infection

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    A breast infection is an infection in the tissue of the breast.

  • Symptoms

    Breast lump

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    A breast lump is swelling, a growth, or a lump in the breast. Breast lumps in both men and women raise concern for , even though most lumps are not cancer.

  • Surgery

    Breast lump removal

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    Breast lump removal, called lumpectomy, is surgery to remove a breast cancer or other , along with some surrounding tissue from the breast. This article covers lumpectomy that is done to remove breast cancer. Other reasons to perform a lumpectomy include: Other noncancerous tumors of the breast

  • Symptoms

    Breast pain

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    Breast pain is any discomfort or pain in the breast.

  • Special Topic

    Breast self exam

    Breast self-exam

    A breast self exam is a check-up a woman does at home to look for changes or problems in the breast tissue. Many women feel that doing this is important to their health. However, experts do not agree about the benefits of breast self exams in finding breast cancer or saving lives. Talk to your ...

  • Test

    Breast ultrasound

    The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

    Breast ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to examine the breasts.