Women's Health Conditions

The Drexel Center for Women's Health treats many women's health conditions.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast, typically in the milk ducts or the tissues that produce milk, called lobules. In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast. Many breast cancers are sensitive to the hormone estrogen. This means that estrogen causes the breast cancer tumor to grow. Such cancer is called estrogen receptor positive cancer or ER positive cancer. Find out more about breast cancer.

Breast Lumps

A breast lump is a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast. Find out more about breast lumps.

Depression

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time. Find out more about depression.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrium) grows in other areas of the body, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and possible infertility. The tissue growth (implant) typically occurs in the pelvic area, outside of the uterus, on the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder, and the delicate lining of the pelvis. However, the implants can occur in other areas of the body, too. Find out more about endometriosis.

Eye and Visions Issues

There are many types of eye problems and visual disturbances. These include blurred vision, halos, blind spots, floaters, and other symptoms. Blurred vision is the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see small details. Blind spots (scotomas) are dark "holes" in the visual field in which nothing can be seen.

Headache

A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. Serious causes of headaches are extremely rare. Most people with headaches can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax, and occasionally by taking medications. Find out more about headaches.

Infertility

Primary infertility describes couples who have not been able to become pregnant after at least one year of unprotected sex (intercourse). Secondary infertility describes couples who have been pregnant at least once, but have not been able to become pregnant again. Find out more about infertility.

Menopause

Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. Find out more about menopause.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that leads to loss of bone mass. From the outside, osteoporotic bone is shaped like normal bone. However, the inside of the bones becomes more porous during the aging process due to the loss of calcium and phosphate. Find out more about osteoporosis.

Pregnancy

The first trimester consists of the first 14 weeks of the 40-week pregnancy. During this time, a woman may experience various emotions due to the hormonal changes in her body. The breasts became enlarged and tender, and she may experience "morning sickness" at any time during the day or night. Find out more about pregnancy.

PMS – Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter. Find out more about PMS.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop within or attach to the wall of the uterus. Find out more about uterine fibroids.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.