Your period comes at the same time every month ... except when it doesn't. Suddenly, without warning, you're early or late, or your flow is heavy, light, or nonexistent (and you know you're not pregnant!). You and millions of women understandably wonder, Is this normal or is something terribly wrong?
Is Gardasil vaccination reliable? I've heard plenty of ugly things about this vaccination. I have a 17-year-old daughter and her doctor recommends that she get this vaccine. I am very confused because of the negative and positive information. Would you be able to clarify?
Women who have more than seven gene markers have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Variations within women's genes could predict risk for ovarian cancer, a new study has found.
I have had painful periods for the past couple of years and have also had ovarian cysts. I had a couple of larger cysts removed about five years ago and was told I had endometriosis at that time. I continue to have pain and now have been told I have a 7 cm cyst on the right ovary. My doctor recommends removing both ovaries and the uterus. I'm just researching the pros and cons. Was wondering if there are any major issues I should be concerned about if I had the uterus and both ovaries removed. I am 42 and do not plan to have children. Given the history of pain and previous cysts, is it a good idea to go ahead and remove everything? Thanks for your time. Melissa
Maybe I'm the wrong ex-patient to be telling you this: Experimental surgery erased Stage III colon cancer from my shell-shocked body six years ago. But even I've got to admit that all is not well in America's operating rooms: At least 12,000 Americans die each year from unnecessary surgery, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association report. And tens of thousands more suffer complications.
Cancer screenings are up, as are hits on the disease's U.K. Web site
A new British study has discovered that the highest rates of cervical cancer are found in some of London's most deprived areas.
U.S. breast cancer cases have dropped in women aged 50 to 69 in recent years because many women have stopped taking hormone therapy, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Joann Manson, author of Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health, suggests asking yourself three questions before going to the doctor.
Not too long ago, millions of postmenopausal women were taking estrogen as part of hormone therapy to protect their hearts, prevent cancer, and keep their brains sharp.
When mothers-to-be and their doctors schedule repeat elective Caesarean sections before the 39th week of pregnancy, the baby is up to twice as likely to experience serious respiratory problems and other complications, according to a study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A staggering 99 percent of all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the American Cancer Society. For 50 years, the Pap test has been the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer. But there's a new kid on the block: the HPV DNA test.
For the 150,000 American women entering menopause each month, the mood swings, hot flashes and libido changes that often accompany a drop in estrogen can leave them feeling like they need help. In the past, hormone replacement therapy was often used to help ease symptoms, but compelling research has shown a significant drop in breast cancer cases among women over 50 after they stopped hormone therapy. This leaves many women asking, how do I manage menopause?
Genital human papillomavirus, or HPV, which infects the skin and mucous membranes, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. About 20 million Americans have the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer, which kills about 250,000 women worldwide each year. In the United States, cervical cancer will be diagnosed in about 12,000 women this year, and 4,000 will die, the CDC says. Women get Pap smears to detect cervical cancer and now have the option of preventing it with a vaccine. Gardasil, developed by Merck, works to protect against four strains of HPV, including two connected to 70 percent of cervical cancers.
The chances of surviving ovarian cancer appear to vary dramatically depending on the levels of two tumor proteins, suggesting that this type of cancer may have a more nuanced outlook than the grim statistics indicate.
Postmenopausal women who have lost interest in sex may be able to bring their libidos back to life with a testosterone patch, according to new research published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine.
About one in four teen girls last year got the groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, federal health officials reported Thursday.
About one in four teen girls last year got the groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, federal health officials reported Thursday
An experimental menopause treatment drugmaker Wyeth is developing reduced hot flashes, trouble sleeping and other symptoms
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have zeroed in on a possible marker for ovarian cancer. The discovery of the marker, called TEM1 and found in the blood vessels surrounding the tumor, could lead to new screening and treatment options.
The cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil also works to prevent cancers of the vagina and vulva, federal health officials said Friday, as they approved expanding its use to protect against those diseases as well
Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, became the center of the media spotlight this week after her pregnancy was revealed.
Infections may play a bigger role in premature birth than doctors have thought, says a new study that found almost one in seven women in preterm labor harbored bacteria or fungi in their amniotic fluid
An expensive vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer makes sense for young teens when it comes to cost-effectiveness, but not for women in their 20s, contends a new report
The mayor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, says there's no proof teens at one school formed a pregnancy pact.
Women in their 30s and 40s may experience the symptoms of perimenopause, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Lisle Nolan started noticing the symptoms four months ago: headaches, mood swings and a menstrual cycle that was out of whack.
Teen pregnancies rose in the United States for the first time since 1991, the National Institutes of Health reported Friday.
Two girls claim that the HPV vaccine caused them to become seriously ill. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
A vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer is coming under fresh scrutiny amid thousands of complaints linking it to a range of health problems.
Forget the screaming and scandal. Is it possible the pregnancy pact is a sign of maturity? Nancy Gibbs thinks so
After a report by TIME that a group of high school girls made a pact to get pregnant, top school officials are raising questions
CNN's Randi Kaye reports on an increase in pregnancies at one high school that appears to have beeen deliberate.
Guest host Michael Graham talks about reaction to the school in Massachusetts where some teens have joined in a pregnancy pact.
Showbiz Tonight's Brooke Anderson looks at the latest entertainment headlines, including news about Jamie Lynn Spears.
Merck's drug against HPV has been a boon to the company but is facing growing grass-roots opposition
"I'm all about choice," says the former talk show host, who had her child at home
A Massachusetts fishing town tries to understand why so many of its teenagers made a pact to get pregnant. How one school is grappling with the Juno effect
Up to 35,000 pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Burma, a U.N. expert said Wednesday
The percentage of underweight babies born in the U.S. has increased to its highest rate in 40 years, according to a new report that also documents a recent rise in the number of children living in poverty
Not only does Brad Pitt think it's hot, but "to have a little life inside you is amazing," she says
More and more doctors, fed up with overpacked schedules and restrictive insurance company rules, are turning their practices into full-service, concierge affairs
Get your daughters off the couch: New research shows exercise during the teen years -- starting as young as age 12 -- can help protect girls from breast cancer when they're grown
Dr. Anne Nedrow gets the e-mails every day -- e-mails from women patients linking to Web sites of dubious quality.
Question: I've always been on the Pill, but now I'm breastfeeding. That means I can't go back on it, right?
A 17-year-old gives birth at home, then walks to a hospital with the baby's umbilical cord still attached.
Dutch researchers are developing a blood test that could predict the onset of menopause and the decline of fertility
Before the crying, diaper changes and sleepless nights set in, a growing number of moms-to-be are spending their pregnancies in the lap of luxury. From belly "facials" to in-home massage therapy and private yoga sessions, women are indulging like it might be their last chance.
Scientists in the UK are seeking 150 women to eat chocolate every day for a year in the cause of medical research.
As a mature woman -- at least chronologically -- I don't spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about menopause.
CNN's Judy Fortin looks at why some women experience brain fog when going through menopause.
Doctors now have a better way of helping parents make an agonizing decision -- whether to take heroic steps to save a very premature baby
Consultations: Dr. De-Kun Li of Kaiser Permanente on what pregnant women should know about caffeine
The first three months of her pregnancy were difficult, says the 24 star
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new study on the long-term risks associated with premature babies.
Even as more of them survive their early years, premature babies can have health problems later in life, new research shows
It's possible for some women to get pregnant after beating cancer as CNN's Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.
Daphne Babrow's son, Evan, is only 5 months old and she's already thinking about getting pregnant again. The decision won't be easy.
It wasn't Tibet's subzero temperatures that nurse practitioner Arlene Samen found so chilling on a 1997 medical trip, but the haunting stories she was told about mothers and newborns on the brink of death after childbirth.
Arlene Samen distributes kits that help keep newborns and mothers alive during childbirth in Tibet and Mexico.
Dr. Bernadine Healy can't even count the number of women who've complained to her about how tough it is to make the decision about hormone replacement therapy.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about a study that has found increased cancer risk years after hormone replacement therapy is stopped.
Too Many Hysterectomies? One-third of all women get a hysterectomy before they turn 60. Some experts think two-thirds of them don't need it.
At its worst, Melissa Miller's blood pressure measured 153 over 95, dangerously high for anyone, never mind a woman who is 36 weeks pregnant.
High blood pressure can create serious problems during pregnancy. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
With her fraternal twin daughters Eden and Savannah turning 1 on Feb. 20, Marcia Cross is recalling all the ways she struggled to have children.
Not getting any? You're not alone: Women today have less time for sex than their 1950s counterparts. And it's estimated that 40 million Americans have what experts call a sexless marriage (having sex less than 10 times a year).
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study that found most adults aren't getting the vaccinations they need.
Thirty-five years after Roe v. Wade, a debate is still raging -- over which side is responsible for the drop in abortions
New research out Monday may have expecting moms rethinking their drinking habits.
CNN's Kiran Chetry talks with Dr. Jennifer Wu about just how a little caffeine can put a woman at risk for miscarriage.
A thriving career. And a sure-to-be-adorable baby (due any minute). It would be easy to envy Halle Berry -- if she weren't so nice. The Academy Award opens up about the blessed event.
CNN's Naamua Delaney talks with Katrina Szish of InStyle magazine about what pregnant celebrities are wearing.
For expectant mom Brooke Burke, staying in shape during – and after – pregnancy is an ongoing process that she works hard at.
Mark Hacking is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Lori, in Salt Lake City. Scott Peterson is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, in Modesto, California. Meanwhile, as their cases play out before a national audience, countless other husbands and boyfriends stand accused of the same crime in courtrooms across the country.
A comprehensive study finds that abortion and miscarriage lead to low birth weight and preterm birth. But is 40-year-old data still relevant today?
As Angela Kinsey settles into her pregnancy, she's getting much more experimental with the snack food than she is with the baby names.
If you want to stand up tall when you're old, you might want to start when you're young. While osteoporosis, or thinning of bone density, usually hits most women after they have gone through menopause, there are steps they can take in their early years to lessen just how much bone they eventually lose.
CNN's Judy Fortin looks at ways women can fight back against osteoporosis.
CNN's Kiran Chetry talks with New York City Marathon women's winner, Paula Radcliffe, who gave birth only 10 months ago!
After Marci Smith was told she had a malignant brain tumor, she had surgery and then made an appointment with an oncologist to receive chemotherapy and radiation.
When Barbara Stratton of Baltimore, Maryland, looks back at the birth of her son, Charlie, now 7, she's angry -- angry she had a surgery she believes she didn't need.
Q: I'm 28 and diabetic. Now my husband and I would like to have a baby. Is there anything I should worry about because of my condition?
A new study found that a low fat diet can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
For expectant mom Halle Berry, her current condition is all good – even the wardrobe.
Katherine Sutherland, an OB-GYN in Mountain View, California, knows something about terrible periods -- and not just from her patients. She used to go through tampons every hour, excusing herself to go to the bathroom between appointments. Heavy bleeding made doing what she really loved --hiking -- especially difficult. Truth is, she wanted her period to go away altogether. In 2003 Sutherland, then age 51, got her wish. She had a minor surgical procedure called endometrial ablation, or by its brand name, NovaSure, to remove her uterine lining and stop heavy bleeding. And she hasn't had a period since. "I was delighted," she says. "Up until that time I'd never missed one period." Sutherland recently hiked 8,000 feet to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Merck's cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil now faces direct competition from Glaxo's Cervarix, which was approved by European health authorities, said the vaccine's maker GlaxoSmithKline on Monday.
Researchers look into a common plant as a cure for Colon cancer.
Life was proceeding as planned for Ravinder Dhallan, or so it seemed. Having earned doctorates in medicine and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, he had just started a radiation oncology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. On the home front Dhallan and his wife, Hejung Christine Chang, had a daughter, and they were eager to see their family grow.
Researchers are still figuring out the dangers and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, but two new studies give a boost to estrogen as a defense against dementia
The FDA has approved the vaccine only for girls and women up to age 26. Now a medical debate is raging over whether older women should get it too
A new report says gestational diabetes is strongly linked to childhood obesity -- but there's a lot you can do to treat the condition
Invasive breast cancer rates have fallen since the substantial decline in postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy occurred, even after a decline in breast cancer screening rates, according to findings published in the 5th Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame.
When Kori Morrison had her first miscarriage, she and her husband, Tom, were upset but still hopeful. After all, she knew that 15 to 50 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, and most of these women who've miscarried go on to have healthy babies. But in the next eight years, Morrison had four more miscarriages. Sadness and self-blame set in. "I wondered if I was eating the wrong things, if I was overstressed, or, worst of all, if my body just wasn't cut out for pregnancy," she says.
TThe drug helps protect teenage girls from the virus that can cause cervical cancer, but a new study shows it does little to help women who already are already infected
The lights were dimmed, soft music was playing and a scented candle burned on the counter. In the center of it all was Julie Trotter -- moaning through hard labor contractions.
Health Minute: Doula support
Wyeth said U.S. regulators are unwilling to approve its experimental drug Pristiq for hot flashes until the company resolves concerns about its potential to cause serious heart and liver problems.