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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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