What to know about bumps on the cervix

In most cases, bumps on the cervix are benign, or noncancerous, growths, such as polyps or cysts. In some cases, however, they may indicate the presence of cervical cancer.A doctor might discover a bump on the cervix during a routine pelvic examination or a Pap smear test. This article provides an overview of what a...

What to know about premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, refers to the physical and psychological symptoms that females experience in the week or two leading up to their menstrual period.Headaches, bloating, cramps, and mood swings are among the most common PMS symptoms. For some, these symptoms are a minor inconvenience. For others, the symptoms can be so severe that...

What to know about blood in urine (hematuria) in females

Hematuria refers to the presence of blood in the urine. Some causes are specific to, or more likely to affect, females.Blood in the urine is often due to infections, kidney problems, or injuries. In this article, we discuss the possible causes of blood in the urine in females. We also discuss when to visit a...

What is ‘morning wood,’ and why does it happen?

"Morning wood" is a slang term that refers to a person having an erect penis when they wake up in the morning. The medical term is nocturnal penile tumescence. Some call it having a nocturnal erection.Nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) is not a result of sexual arousal or having a dream relating to sex. Instead,...

Different types of nipples

The appearance of nipples can vary significantly from one person to another. There is no normal nipple and no formal medical description of nipple types. Nipples may be protruding, puffy, hairy, inverted, flat, bumpy, or a combination.Usually, the appearance of nipples makes no difference in how they function, and it poses no risks. Some people...

Endometriosis: Are scientists making any headway?

Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that causes debilitating pain and a heavy flow of one's period, as well as many other symptoms that lower quality of life. This condition often requires regular surgical interventions, and it has no cure. Some researchers hope to find out more about it.Researchers hope that small steps will take...

How to treat and prevent razor burn near the vagina

Shaving is a popular, affordable option for removing pubic hair. However, shaving the bikini area can sometimes cause razor burn, which can lead to skin irritation and discomfort.Some people shave the hair from their vulva and labia. Experiencing razor burn near the vagina can be extremely uncomfortable. Pubic razor burn may cause red bumps,...

Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?

Most doctors agree that masturbating during pregnancy is safe and that it can even provide health benefits, such as lowering stress and promoting blood flow.For some pregnant women, morning sickness, nausea, and fatigue remove any interest in sexual activity, including masturbation. Others notice an increase in their sex drive — libido — due to...

Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women

Researchers have scanned the brains of 115 participants and found that inflammation can lead to a loss of pleasure — called anhedonia — in women but not in men.Women have depression at a 'far greater rate than men,' and new research helps explain why. Depression, the "leading cause of disability worldwide," is far more prevalent...

Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

A study looking at the data of thousands of participants suggests that there may be a link between severe sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer. However, this link appears to be stronger in women.There may be a link between sleep apnea and cancer, and research has identified it predominantly in women. According to...
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