Articles

  • Special Topic

    Safe sex

    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.

    Safe sex means taking steps before and during sex that can prevent you from getting an infection, or from giving one to your partner.

  • Disease

    Secondary amenorrhea

    Secondary amenorrhea is the cessation of menstrual flow for a period of 6 months or more in the absence of pregnancy, breastfeeding or menopause. Extreme weight gain or loss, certain medications, as well as anxiety can be the root cause of amenorrhea. Treatment can range from behavior modification for excessive exercise to medication to surgery in the presence of disease.

    Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a woman who has been having normal menstrual cycles stops getting her periods for 6 or more months. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or in menopause are not considered to have secondary amenorrhea.

  • Special Topic

    Sterilization surgery - making a decision

    Hysterectomy is surgical removal of the uterus, resulting in inability to become pregnant. This surgery may be done for a variety of reasons including, but not restricted to, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids and cancer. A hysterectomy may be done through an abdominal or a vaginal incision.

    Sterilization surgery is a procedure to permanently prevent reproduction. Surgery in women is called . Surgery in men is called a . People who do not want to have any more children may choose to have sterilization surgery. However, some may regret the decision later. Men or women who are younger at ...

  • Disease

    Subareolar abscess

    The female breast is composed mainly of fatty tissue interspersed with fibrous or connective tissue. The circular region around the nipple is often a different color or pigmented. This region is called the areola.

    Subareolar is an abscess or growth on the areolar gland. The areolar gland is located in the breast under or below the areola (colored area around the nipple).

  • Disease

    Syphilis - primary

    The male and female reproductive systems, viewed from a mid-sagittal section.

    Syphilis is bacteria infection that is most often spread through sexual contact.

  • Disease

    Syphilitic aseptic meningitis

    The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.

    Syphilitic aseptic meningitis is a complication of untreated syphilis. It involves inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord.

  • Disease

    Syphilitic myelopathy

    Superficial muscles are close to the surface of the skin. Muscles which lie closer to bone or internal organs are called deep muscles.

    Syphilitic myelopathy is a complication of untreated syphilis that involves and .