Alternative Names Intestinal polyps; Polyps - colorectal; Adenomatous polyps; Hyperplastic polyps; Villous adenomas Symptoms There are usually no symptoms. However, the following symptoms may occur: Abdominal pain (rare) Blood in the stools Fatigue caused by losing blood over time Signs and tests A rectal examination may reveal a polyp if it is low enough in the bowel for the health care provider to feel. However, the physical exam is usually normal. Most of the time, polyps are found when the following tests are done to screen for polyps and cancer: Barium enema Colonoscopy Sigmoidoscopy Stool test for hidden (occult) blood Virtual colonoscopy
Alternative Names Vaginal cancer; Cancer - vagina; Tumor - vaginal Symptoms Bleeding after sexual intercourse Painless vaginal bleeding and discharge Pain in the pelvis or vagina About 5 - 10% of patients have no symptoms. Signs and tests In patients with no symptoms, the cancer may be found during a routine pelvic examination and Pap smear . Other tests to diagnose vaginal tumors include: Biopsy Colposcopy Other tests that may be done include: Chest x-ray CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
Back in high school biology we all learned that there are many different organ systems in the body--the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and so forth. I think of them as having separate organs and operating differently. So it never made sense to me that something that had to do with the reproductive system (sex) would affect the urinary system (urinary tract infections). But Oh! How wrong I was.
Just about every young woman who begins her adult sexual life, no matter what her age, has dealt with the dreaded urinary tract infection ( watch a UTI video ), often as a result of sexual activity.
But why? My anatomy & physiology classes have come in handy; now I know that the urethra, which carries urine from your bladder to the point where it is excreted, is really, really close to the opening of the vagina, both of which are right above the opening of the anus, where your solid waste is excreted. Bacteria that's hangin...
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