The Complete Guide to Women's Health

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Extensively updated and revised for this edition, " The Complete Guide to Women's Health" goes beyond gynecological issues to cover the full spectrum of health concerns for women of all ages. Combining a personal approach with the latest medical facts, this comprehensive guide empowers women to make sound decisions about their health care by offering practical and supportive advice on such topics as: LI>Birthe control methods, including Depo-Provera and the female condomChildbirht methods anf facilitiesInfertility treatmentsAbnormal Pap smearsAIDS and other sexually transmitted diseasesMenapause and estrogen replacement therapyDrugs that may prevent the onset of osteoporosisTechnological breakthroughs in gynecological surgeryCancer screening and preventionNutrition and fitness

Packed with useful information and strategies for quick action, this unique reference features:135 common symptoms, explained and cross-referencedMore than 50 illustrations and over 100 photographsUp-to-the-minute medical information on such rapidly changing issues as the connection between birth control pills and breast cancer, the newest prenatal tests, alternatives to hysterectomy, and much more.

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Contents

Health Strategies 2 Using the Health Care System
7
Resources for Finding Health Care Alternatives
10
Areas of Information Covered by the Health History Profile
21
American Cancer Society Guidelines for CancerRelated
23
What Can My Doctor Tell from a Pelvic Exam?
27
SECTION TWO 5 An Overall Look at Birth Control
32
Comparison of the Three Natural Methods of Birth Control
36
to Birth Control 7 Diaphragm and Other Barrier Methods
38
SECTION TEN 47 Staying Healthy
334
Warning Signals of Too Much Stress
337
A Healthy Lifestyle 48 Nutrition
341
U S Recommended Daily Allowances of Vitamins RDA
345
Fat and Cholesterol Content of Different Foods
346
Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiency
348
Questions Commonly Asked About Taking Vitamins
349
Possible Side Effects of Megavitamins
350

How to Talk About Condoms with a Resistant Defensive or
41
Comparison of Different Barrier Methods of Birth Control
44
Contraindications to the IUD
45
Warning Signals for IUD Users
46
Questions Commonly Asked About the IUD
47
Absolute Contraindications to Combination Birth Control Pills
48
Relative Contraindications to Combination Birth Control Pills
49
Possible Side Effects of Combination Birth Control Pills
51
Comparison of Birth Control Pills by Dosage
52
Questions Commonly Asked About Birth Control Pills
55
Advantages and Disadvantages of Birth Control Methods
59
ThreeStep Approach for Selecting Your Birth Control Method
60
SECTION THREE 11 Identifying Birth Defects
66
How Dominant Inheritance Works SingleGene Disorders
67
How Recessive Inheritance Works SingleGene Disorders
68
Chances of Inheriting SingleGene Disorders
69
Possible Reasons for Amniocentesis to Identify Birth Defects
71
Information About Common Birth Defects
73
Planning Pregnancy 12 Pregnancy After ThirtyFive
74
Questions Commonly Asked by the Doctor During the Infertility
79
How a Doctor Evaluates Infertility
86
Childbirth Education Organizations
100
Early Signs of Pregnancy
109
Possible Reasons for a Sonogram Ultrasound During
111
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112
Ten Warning Signs in Pregnancy
115
Weight Gain in Pregnancy
118
Common Concerns During Pregnancy
121
How Long Can Women Work During Pregnancy?
122
Helpful Activities for Postpartum Adjustment
135
Normal Grief Reactions Following the Loss of a Child
137
Drug Methods of Pain Relief in Labor and Delivery
141
Questions to Consider When You Become Pregnant
155
Possible Reasons for Amniocentesis
168
Possible Medical Reasons for Inducing Labor
173
The Cost of Sexually Transmitted Disease
200
Early Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
201
What to Do After Possible Exposure to a Sexually Transmitted
209
What to Do If You Are a Rape Victim
211
Common Brands of Oral EstrogenContaining Drugs
226
Questions Commonly Asked About Estrogens
227
Symptoms of Drug Abuse
240
Warning Signals of Drug Abuse
241
Drugs with Intermediate Potential for Abuse
242
Drugs with Lowest Potential for Abuse
243
Drugs Presently Considered Safe to Use During Pregnancy
246
Drugs That May Cause Adverse Fetal Effects in Late Pregnancy
247
Drugs to Avoid If You BreastFeed
248
Possible Effects on the Newborn from Alcohol Abuse During
249
Possible Effects on the Newborn from Smoking During
250
Sample Chart for PMS Determination
255
Risk Factors Associated with Breast Cancer
259
The Five Stages of Breast Cancer
261
Breast Changes to Report to Your Doctor
262
Possible Reasons for Fibroid Surgery
265
Pap Smear ClassificationsOlder Terminology
270
Risk Factors Associated with Cancer of the Cervix
272
DESType Drugs
275
Recommendations for DES Daughters
276
Risk Factors Associated with Uterine Endometrial Cancer
281
Frequency Statistics and Other Factors Associated with Cancer
282
SECTION NINE 41 Deciding About Surgery
290
Operations That Can Be Performed on an Outpatient Basis
298
Gynecologic Surgery 42 Dilatation and Curettage D C
299
Sterilization Options
301
Comparison of Tubal Sterilization Methods
308
Terminating Pregnancy
310
Recommendations After a Pregnancy Termination
313
Mortality Risks for Various Methods of Pregnancy Termination
314
Hysterectomy and Its Alternatives
315
Conditions That May Require Hysterectomy
319
Conditions That Do Not Justify Hysterectomy
320
Cosmetic Surgery
323
Comparison of IronContaining Supplements
351
Calcium and Calorie Content of Various Foods
352
The Food Guide PyramidA Guide to Daily Food Choices
353
Physical Fitness
357
Goals of Exercising
359
Finding Your Target Heart Rate
362
Calorie Expenditure for Some Common Sports Activities
364
SECTION ELEVEN 50 Acne
373
What Your 51 Backache
376
Symptoms Mean 52 Blackouts
380
Bleeding After Intercourse
382
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
384
How a Doctor Evaluates Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
388
Bleeding in Late Pregnancy
390
Bloody Stool
392
Breast Discharge
394
Tests to Diagnose Abnormal Breast Discharge
395
Questions Commonly Asked About Breast Discharge
396
Breast Lump
397
Breast Tenderness
399
Constipation and Hemorrhoids
400
Nonprescription Laxatives Presently Considered Safe to Use
401
Cough
403
Depression
407
Diarrhea
411
Dizziness and Vertigo
414
Fever and Chills
416
Common Causes of Fever
417
Causes of Fever Requiring Medical Treatment
418
Common Nonprescription Cold and Allergy DrugsWhat
419
Hair Growth Excessive
420
Headache
422
Comparison of Tension and Migraine Headaches
425
Heartburn and Gas
426
High Blood Pressure
428
Hot Hashes
431
Insomnia
433
Itching Rash and Skin Pigmentation
435
Vaginal ItchingCauses and Diagnoses
436
Diagnosis and Treatment of Itching and Rash
439
Joint Pains
440
Leg Aches and Pains
445
Lethargy
447
Memory Loss
450
Menstrual PeriodsProlonged Frequent or Irregular
453
Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
456
Menstrual PeriodsInfrequent Short or Absent
457
Menstrual PeriodsPainful
460
Questions Commonly Asked About Painful Periods
462
Nausea and Vomiting
463
Nervousness and Anxiety
466
Palpitations
470
Pelvic Pain
472
Findings Associated with Various Causes of Acute Lower
474
Signs of Labor
475
Swelling and Fluid Retention
477
Urinary ProblemsFrequent or Urgent Urination
480
Urinary ProblemsPainful or Bloody Urination
482
Questions Commonly Asked About Urinary Tract Infections
487
Vaginal Discharge or Irritation
488
Treatment of Vaginal Infections Vaginitis
492
Common SingleIngredient Douches
493
Vaginal Lump
494
Weight Gain and Weight Loss
496
Suggested Weights for Heights
497
1300Calorie Diet Plan Based on the Basic Food Groups
501
APPENDICES A Health History Profile
507
B Glossary
509
Further Reading
515
Resource Groups
519
E Breast SelfExamination
526
INDEX
529
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