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Why do I have two periods in a month?

Why do I have two periods in a month?

The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long but can vary from 24 to 38 days. If a menstrual cycle is shorter, a person can have a period more than once a month. While occasional changes in the menstrual cycle are not unusual, frequently experiencing two periods in a month may indicate an underlying issue. […]

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What to know about RPR testing for syphilis

What to know about RPR testing for syphilis

The rapid plasma reagin test is a simple blood test that doctors use to screen for syphilis. The test checks the blood for a current syphilis infection. The rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test looks for specific antibodies that will be present in the blood if a person’s immune system is currently fighting off the syphilis […]

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Birth Control: Surgical Sterilization

Birth Control: Surgical Sterilization

Introduction to birth control The terminology used to describe birth control methods include: contraception, pregnancy prevention, fertility control, and family planning. But no matter what the terminology, sexually active people can choose from an abundance of methods to reduce the possibility of their becoming pregnant. Nevertheless, no method of birth control available today offers perfect protection […]

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Hormonal Methods of Birth Control

Hormonal Methods of Birth Control

Injection: depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is a synthetic long-acting form of the hormone progesterone. DMPA is similar to the birth-control minipill in that it does not contain estrogen. Like other progesterone-based contraceptives, DMPA acts by preventing the release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation) and by promoting thick cervical mucus […]

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Natural Birth Control

Natural Birth Control

Natural birth control facts Birth control is the use of practices, medications, or devices to prevent pregnancy. Natural methods of birth control, or natural family planning, are a type of birth control that relies on observations about the woman’s body and menstrual cycle. Natural methods of birth control include fertility awareness methods. Examples of natural […]

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What can cause cramps and discharge?

What can cause cramps and discharge?

A person may have abdominal cramps and vaginal discharge for many reasons, including menstruation, endometriosis, and vaginal infections. For most people, the discomfort will pass, but severe or persistent cramping, discharge, or bleeding could be a cause for concern. Many people experience abdominal cramps and vaginal discharge. Pain low in the tummy and around the […]