- Q How is premenstrual syndrome (PMS) diagnosed?
Deborah Davis, Obstetrics & GynecologyPremenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cavings, fatigue, irritability and depression. An estimated 3 of every 4 menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual symptoms. ... Full Answer
- Q What causes premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
The causes of PMS are not clear. It is linked to the changing hormones during the menstrual cycle. Some women may be affected more than others by changing hormone levels during the menstrual cycle. Stress and emotional problems do not seem to cause... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of uterine prolapse?
In its milder forms, uterine prolapse may produce no symptoms. As the condition becomes more severe, a woman with uterine prolapse can experience a feeling of pulling or fullness in the pelvic area, low back pain, a sensation that something is coming out... Full Answer
- Q How are ovarian cysts treated?
Ovarian cysts can be treated as follows: Watchful waiting: If you have a cyst, you may be told to wait and have a second exam in 1 to 3 months. Your doctor will check to see if the cyst has changed in size. This is a common treatment option for women... Full Answer
- Q What causes uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse is caused by weakening of the connective tissue, ligaments, and muscles that keep the uterus in its normal position in the pelvis. When these tissues become weak they are no longer able to support the uterus, and it falls through the... Full Answer
- Q What is uterine prolapse?
Uterine prolapse occurs when the womb (uterus) drops down (prolapses) from its normal position in the pelvis. The uterus descends into the vaginal canal, and in the most severe cases, it can drop all the way through the vagina so that it extends out of... Full Answer
- Q How is uterine prolapse diagnosed?
The diagnosis of uterine prolapse is often suspected by symptoms suggesting that the uterus has fallen into the vaginal canal. It is confirmed when the doctor performs a pelvic examination. If the prolapse is not initially obvious, the doctor may ask you... Full Answer
- Q How do I prepare for a Pap smear test?
Dr. Jill Grimes, Family MedicineDo not have sex, douche, use tampons, or use any vaginal cream, gel, or foam (including spermicides) for two days prior to your pap test. Schedule your pap test for a time when you should not be having your period. Full Answer