Your doctor will likely recommend that you get a diagnostic mammogram, which is a screening test for breast abnormalities. A radiologist will discuss the mammogram findings with you right after the test. If the findings need further investigation, your radiologist will recommend other diagnostic tests.
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Can cancer treatment cause vaginal dryness?
Good In Bed answeredCancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can all dry out the vagina, making sex painful. And again, if you're anticipating painful sex, you're going to want it less. It's only logical. Which is why vaginal dryness -- such a seemingly simple problem -- can have such a huge impact on your sex life. Luckily, this particular side effect is easy enough to counteract.
What gynecological conditions should I be aware of if I am over 40?
Gynecological conditions that you should be aware of if you are over age 40 include pregnancy, infertility, contraception and abnormal or postmenopausal uterine bleeding. Right around menopause, or leading up to menopause, is a period called perimenopause during which it's common to have menstrual irregularities. However, it's never common to have very heavy bleeding. You should see your doctor if you are experiencing heavy bleeding.
Treatment plans for women in this age group are for hot flashes, vaginal dryness and abnormal Pap smears. Women also may have more urinary issues, such as urinary frequency and incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is also a potential issue. Pelvic organ prolapse is when parts of the vagina or uterus start to drop down into the vaginal canal or possibly all the way out of the body. There are treatments for this condition.
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