In-depth

Complications

Urinary tract infection

Half of all women experience a urinary tract infection during their lifetimes. The condition can be a serious health problem when it involves the kidneys.

Prevention

Sex and aging

Sexual feelings don't necessarily disappear when you reach a certain age. Here's how to maintain the flame.

Symptoms

Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)

At some point, many women experience painful intercourse — for many different reasons. Here's how to discuss the problem and get treatment.

Painful urination (dysuria)

Painful urination: Symptom — Overview covers definition, possible causes of burning pain during urination (dysuria).

Urinary incontinence

Don't let fear of losing bladder control restrict your activities. With treatment, you can reduce your symptoms and cope more effectively.

Vagina

Vaginal health is too important to ignore. Get the facts about how to keep your vagina healthy.

Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is a common and uncomfortable condition — but there are effective ways to treat it.

Tests and diagnosis

Pap smear

Getting a Pap smear regularly is your best defense against cervical cancer. Understand how a Pap smear is done and what abnormal test results mean.

Pelvic exam

A pelvic exam may be done as a part of a routine checkup to evaluate your gynecologic health, or to help diagnose a medical condition.

Urinalysis

Urinalysis can be used to assess your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

Treatments and drugs

Cancer treatment for women: Possible sexual side effects

Cancer treatment can cause physical changes that make having sex more difficult. Find out which treatments are most likely to affect you.

NuvaRing (vaginal ring)

NuvaRing (vaginal ring) — Overview covers definition, risks, instructions for using this type of contraception.

Apr. 23, 2013