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Women's Health

While women and men have many of the same health issues, women may be affected differently than men. And, some conditions are unique to women. 

Familiarity with women’s health issues, regular screenings and prevention are keys to maintaining good health.

Health Issues

Some of the common health issues female service members, family members and retirees should be aware of include:

Breast Diseases

Menopause

Pregnancy Health

Postpartum Hemorrhage

Reproductive Health

Uterine Diseases

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Many female service members and their beneficiaries want control of their bodies’ menstrual cycles for a variety of reasons, including military readiness. At medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world, the Military Health System provides education, counseling, and access to birth control. The military offers a variety of methods or products so women can choose the best birth control for their unique needs.

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Six Immediate Health Benefits You Will See If You Lose a Little Weight

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Critically ill COVID Patient Delivers Baby While on Heart-Lung Bypass

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Hernandez, a Marine Corps spouse and mother of five, is BAMC’s first patient to give birth while on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

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How Health Care for New Mothers is Improving Across the MHS

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TRICARE Well-Woman Exams

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Women's Health Check-Up Day

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Regular, routine health checkups for women are vital to early detection of chronic disease, and to maintain overall health. Taking one day to care for your health can add years to your life!

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Women's Health Week

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