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Gynecological & Reproductive Issues

The Endometriosis Association tells us that 5.5 million women and girls suffer from the condition; one in six women experiences vulvodynia, according to the National Vulvodynia Association; the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation says that as many as 80% of women have them. The list goes on and on... we've gathered some of our favorite resources on gynecological and reproductive disorders to get you started.

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Cervical Cancer and HPV

Any woman who has engaged in a sexual (gasp!!) relationship may be at risk for cervical cancer or human papilloma virus (HPV) in her lifetime.

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is a great resource full of information on prevention, detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Their goal is to provide women with safe, reliable information concerning their gynecological health as well as erasing any stigma associated with cervical cancer and HPV. 

Endometriosis Association

The goal of the Endometriosis Association is "to work toward finding a cure for the disease as well as providing education, support, and research."

Head here for information and support about endometriosis. Learn about special programs for families and teens, and purchase resources in English and Spanish.

Endometriosis Corner

Offered by the National Women's Health Resource Center, Endometriosis Corner is chock full of resources on this condition that affects 5.5 million American women of reproductive age.

Get lots of resources on symptoms, treatment options, questions to ask your health care provider and more.

Kaiser Foundation's Daily Women's Health Policy Report

This daily eNewsletter offers the latest updates on research and policy.

Topics include public health & education, international news, state-by-state politics & policy, and more. We consider this required reading for all ChronicBabes!

National Uterine Fibroids Foundation

The NUFF is dedicated to furthering the care and treatment of women suffering from uterine fibroids and other similar conditions.

Learn about the latest research, find local support groups and get more information about uterine fibroids and similar disorders.

National Vulvodynia Association

The National Vulvodynia Association provides support and resources for women with vulvodynia and related conditions.

Get info about vulvodynia symptoms, diagnosis and treatment; local practitioners; support groups; and suggested reading materials.

Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN)

The PFDN is a great network designed "to do research to improve the care and daily lives of women with pelvic organ prolapse and and bladder and bowel control problems."

A recent press release from Kaiser Permanente says that a new study by the company found that one-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic disorders. With the condition so prominent in women, the PFDN is a great resource for exploring the most recent research, clinical trials currently being performed, advice on finding a doctor and so much more!

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association

The Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association is an an organization that aims "to provide comprehensive information, support, and advocacy for women and girls with the condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome."

Head here for information about diagnosis and treatment, as well as special sections on conceiving, nutrition, and coexisting conditions, like diabetes.

Prevention Magazine's 25 Tips from Ob/Gyns

Prevention magazine offers up its "25 Trade Secrets from Top Ob/Gyns."

Avoid unnecessary tests, choose the best birth control, use the correct tampon size...and lots more excellent tips for every woman.

Vulval Health Awareness Campaign

Vulval disorders can affect girls and women of all ages, and the Vulval Health Awareness Campaign is working to provide support and information through their site, newsletter, and helpline.

From their main page, you can download a PDF on doing a vulva self-examination, or watch a video of a self-examination. (NSFW, of course.)

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