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Women's ealth

Women's health usually refers to reproductive health and conditions that appear in the female reproductive organs.

Women's health refers to an extremely wide range of areas from sexual health, pregnancy, menopause, female specific infections or cancers as well as conditions that affect the female reproductive organs like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Some of the most complex areas of women’s health are to do with how a female body changes during pregnancy. During these nine months, a woman’s uterus expands from the size of an orange to a watermelon. Studies have shown that this childbearing role contributes to a stronger immune system than men.

A GP can advise you on all kinds of women’s health concerns, as well as provide referrals to see a specialist (gynaecologist).

Bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is an infection that develops in the vagina. It is caused by an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina.
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Breast cancer
Breast cancer is the most common UK cancer. There’s a good chance of recovery if diagnosed early.
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Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a disorder where tissue similar to the tissue lining the uterus grows outside your uterus.
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Ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer occurs when a growth of malignant (cancerous) tissue (known as a tumour) grows in the ovaries.
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Ovarian cyst
Ovarian cysts can develop naturally as part of your menstrual cycle or as the result of an underlying condition (endometriosis).
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Vaginal cancer
Vaginal cancer is very rare and affects your vagina, which connects the uterus (womb) with your outer genitals.
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Vaginal thrush
Thrush is usually caused by a yeast fungal infection (called candida) in the vagina, causing characteristic itching and a white discharge.
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Vulvodynia
Vulvodynia is an ongoing pain in the vulva, the area around the opening of your vagina.
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Fibroids
Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that sometimes develop in and around the womb (uterus). It’s a common condition. Fibroids affect about one in three women. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms, but they can cause heavy bleeding, tummy pain and problems with peeing.
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