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Proctitis: Signs, causes, and therapy

    Proctitis refers to inflammation of the lining of the rectum. The rectum is a muscular tube at the lowest part of the large intestine. Waste passes here from the colon just before exiting through the anus. Inflammation of the rectal lining can cause pain, discharge, and other unusual …

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How dormant herpes springs again to life

  Researchers may have finally revealed the way that herpes is able to go into and come out of hiding. Share on PinterestNew research helps explain how the herpes virus, depicted here, comes out of its latency stage. A herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection lasts for life. No vaccination can …

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Vaginal ache: Causes, signs, and therapy

    Vaginal pain can be a temporary symptom of infection or injury. Or, it can be a chronic symptom with no known cause. Persistent vaginal pain with no clear cause is called vulvodynia. It is a common gynecological condition, affecting up to 16% of women in the United States. …

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Small testicles: Causes and negative effects

    Testicles come in many different shapes and sizes. It is also common for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other and for one testicle to hang lower. Due to this extensive variability, there are several different ways to measure a person’s testicles. One measurement looks at …

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Mirena coil and menopause: What to know

    The Mirena coil is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that can prevent pregnancy. It may limit heavy bleeding during perimenopause, but it has no effect on when menopause begins. Keep reading for more information about the effects of the Mirena coil on the body as it prepares for …

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Physique components, their capabilities, and diagram

    Female anatomy includes the external genitals, or the vulva, and the internal reproductive organs, which include the ovaries and the uterus. One major difference between males and females is their reproductive organs. Anatomy specific to females generally relates to sexual function, reproduction, and hormone control. Males and females …

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