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Urine carries waste from the kidneys. It is stored in the bladder until passed from the body through a tube called the urethra when you urinate. Common problems passing urine include frequent, urgent, painful, difficult, or uncontrolled urination.
A uterine fibroid is a noncancerous growth of the uterus. It grows slowly in or from the wall of the uterus. Sometimes it grows in the cervix.
A vaginal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. It is a way to take the uterus out through the vagina rather than through a cut in your belly.
Vaginitis is the medical name for swelling, burning, itching, or an infection of the vagina. When the vulva is also affected, it is called vulvovaginitis. The vulva is the fold of skin around the opening of the vagina. Vaginitis is a very common problem that can occur in females of any age.
Enterococcus is a type of bacteria. It commonly lives in the intestines and in the female genital organs. Most of the time it does not cause infections. When it does cause an infection, vancomycin is an antibiotic often used to treat it. However, some enterococcus bacteria can change and become resistant to vancomycin. This means...
Varicose veins are veins close to the skin that are swollen or stretched. Veins in the legs and pelvic area are most often affected. Varicose veins are more common in women. They can appear at any time in adulthood, especially during or after pregnancy. They may worsen as you get older.
A vasectomy is a procedure that a man can have to keep their partner from getting pregnant when they have sex. It makes a man sterile. When a vasectomy is done, the 2 tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis are cut and blocked. (These tubes are called the vas deferens, or...
A vegetarian diet does not include meat. Vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry, or fish. Many vegetarians also avoid other animal products such as gelatin, rennet (used to make some kinds of cheese), and animal fats. Vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products are called ovo-lacto vegetarians. People who avoid all animal products are called...
When a virus gets into your body and grows it is called a viral infection. Your body's immune system must destroy the viruses and keep more from being formed. Young children have trouble fighting viruses because their immune system is still developing.
Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. The membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord become inflamed and infected. These membranes are called the meninges.