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Strange Migrations and Killer Cramps: Understanding Endometriosis

Endometriosis is linked to pain and infertility for many women. It arises when cells like those that line the uterus attach to other tissues and grow inside the lower belly.

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Too Young for Hot Flashes? When Menopause-Like Symptoms Come Too Soon

If the familiar symptoms of menopause—like night sweats and loss of regular menstrual periods—arise before age 40, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. It might be a condition called primary ovarian insufficiency.

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