Women's Health & Reproduction

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Taking good care of your reproductive health is important because problems with this system can make it difficult or impossible for you to become pregnant. Beyond this, reproductive health problems also can be harmful to your overall health and emotional wellbeing and can affect your ability to enjoy a sexual relationship. This section provides details about reproductive health, which includes information about the reproductive system and ways to care for your reproductive health. There is also an overview of conditions that can affect fertility, such as ovulation disorders and physical problems. Because endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome are two of the most common disorders that can affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant, the following pages also contain more information on these conditions. 

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About the female reproductive system The female reproductive system is the set of body parts that contribute to the reproductive process, which includes the menstrual cycle, conception, pregnancy and childbirth. This system plays an important role in maintaining balance in the whole body through hormone production and interaction. A woman has reproductive organs both inside

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Most conditions that affect fertility are caused by hormone imbalances and problems with ovulation. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilised. Signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods. Causes of female infertility include: Ovulation disorders: These hinder or prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. An exampl

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What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common, and often painful, health problem in women. It occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. What are the symptoms of endometriosis? Some women with endometrios

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What is polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. According to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners , PCOS affects 12–21% of women of reproductive age, but the vast majority remain undiagnosed. Women with PCOS typically have high levels of androgens (sometimes called male hor

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