The Worst Thing, The Best Thing: How Women Experience Menopause

Sociologist Deborah Merrill was surprised by her own menopause experience, so she set out to discover how other women experienced it.

Menopause & Aging Well

Difference Between a Pap Test and an HPV Test

What is the difference between a Pap test and an HPV test? Do I need both?

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Heavy Periods

Q: I am 49. Until recently, I've been having a very heavy, extended period. But lately, I haven't had much of a period at all—until this month. This month it's been very heavy and has lasted for three weeks. What should I do?

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Partial Hysterectomy Weight Loss

I had a partial hysterectomy four years ago due to fibroids. I was 48 years old and weighed 116 pounds now I weigh 137 pounds. Do you think it was just the hysterectomy that caused my weight gain? What can I do to lose weight?

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Burning Sensation During Intercourse

I have lost interest in having intercourse with my husband because many times I get a burning sensation.

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Painful Sex and Bleeding

Two to seven days after I have sex (which is sometimes painful) with my male companion, I begin to bleed. Could this be a result of the blood thinner I take?

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Uneven Breasts

My 15-year-old daughter has one breast that is larger than the other. She is concerned that they will not even out. What can we do to check into this?

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Breast Pain and Menopause

I am 52 years old and have not had a period for three months. Now, my breasts hurt so bad I can hardly sleep on them. They're sore and tender all the time. In the past, they have been sore right before my period for a couple days, but never for this long. Do I need to worry about anything, or is this probably menopause setting in?

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