Is it healthy to have menstrual clotting?
unusual for women to see clots in their menstruation, but what if those clots
are extremely large?
Mentrual clots point to the existence of fibroids,
which are very common, according to Dr. Masterson. "But if you have a lot of
them, more than a cup a day or saturating those pads, again, over an hour, or
you're starting to have symptoms of anemia or low iron like headache and
dizziness, that's when you need to get a workup by your doctor."
extreme symptoms could point to uterine cancer, menopause or thyroid
irregularities. If you have these extreme symptoms, Dr. Masterson says, "It's
very, very important to get that checked out by your
Why do I get diarrhea and constipation during my period?
Again, Dr. Masterson has a single word of reasoning: hormones. "All women react differently to hormones," she says. "People don't realize that the hormones in our body control our temperature, women's temperature, around the time they ovulate. It's responsible for the acne around periods that people hate. Breast tenderness. It's responsible for so many things and our metabolism, slowing down the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach, that's why a lot of pregnant women will become constipated or have diarrhea because of those high hormone levels during pregnancy.
"Again it's the same thing with the menstrual cycle. The ebb and the flow of hormones can cause constipation and diarrhea."
Is there any way to decrease the debilitation of
Some women get such bad cramps that they can hardly do
anything but lay on the couch with a heating pad. Is there any way to decrease
cramps when they're so debilitating?
"There are a lot of things to do for
cramps," Dr. Masterson says. "As a gynecologist, I get asked this question every
day. The warm packs are a great thing. The other things you want to concentrate
on are diet and exercise. Very simple but it actually helps with cramps. Now the
other thing is Motrin, a great pain reliever for cramps. The trick is to take it
a day or two before your period actually starts." Dr. Masterson says taking pain
relievers and calcium work to help blood vessels in the uterus.
ways to control cramps are with acupuncture and contraceptives, she says. "Birth
control pills are excellent at taking away cramps because they decrease how much
you bleed. And a lot of women take the contraceptives continually so you don't
get a period and therefore you don't get the cramps."
Can tampons get lost inside the body?
Nearly 10 percent of women who took our Oprah.com health poll said they use a tampon for more than 10 hours.
"No more than 6 to 8 hours, you should not wear a tampon for longer than that," Dr. Masterson warns. "Women are very busy so they'll try to push the limits." However, Dr. Masterson says that a tampon inside can be a medium for bacteria and using one for longer than recommended can lead to uterine infections and toxic shock syndrome.
Could a tampon get lost?
"It cannot get lost, but it can get stuck," Dr. Masterson explains. "Your vagina is a blind pouch. It can get wedged behind the cervix." If a tampon does become stuck, it absolutely needs to be removed."
Think this isn't a common occurrence? "I see this at least once a month," Dr. Masterson says.
What is the effect of antibiotics on yeast infections?
While doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics to cure infections, Dr. Masterson says they can actually make you more prone to yeast infections.
"Try to eat yogurt, which is the more natural way, or taking antifungals like Monistat or something like that," Dr. Masterson says. "They're really helpful in decreasing yeast infections while taking antibiotics."
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