Opting for a C-Section Birth
Three out of 10 women in America have a Caesarean birth. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson notes that there are risks to both vaginal and C-section deliveries, but advocates women should have their choice of birthing options.
She adds that an elective C-section should only be performed at or after 39 weeks, and it’s important to know that insurance companies don’t pay for elective C-sections.
Is Watermelon the New Viagra?
Recent evidence suggests that watermelon may be nature’s own Viagra. Watermelon contains Citrulline, an amino acid that can help relax the body’s blood vessels, causing an effect similar to Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Sheila says she’s married to the love of her life, but admits that intimacy comes at an extremely painful price. She says that sometimes the pain during sex is so excruciating that she can’t bring herself to have intercourse with her husband. She has been to five different doctors, but no one was able to help her.
“I called every doctor, every hospital, every gynecologist, but nobody had anything,” Sheila says.
“A lot of doctors will make you think that you’re crazy, that it’s not real,” Dr. Lisa says. “But it’s very real. Trust your body. Trust that you believe you know what’s going on and if you don’t get the answer the first time then keep persisting and keep talking to you doctor.”
Dr. Lisa suggests that Sheila has all the symptoms of vulvodynia, chronic vulvar pain, often characterized by painful burning or irritation. She posits that Sheila’s pain could also stem from nerve damage, vulvar lesions or other skin conditions that are often exacerbated by creams used to treat the symptoms.
Dr. Lisa performed a biopsy of Sheila’s vulva and is awaiting results. The OB/GYN assures Sheila that the solution may be as simple as a steroid cream that will get her back in business in no time.
How Long is too Long to Breastfeed?
Lactation consultant Leigh Anne says that breastfeeding for an extended period of time -- anywhere up to 7 years of age -- can be beneficial for a child. However she also notes that decision should be left up to the mother. While the notion of nursing a toddler or a preschooler shocks most of the audience, pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says that worldwide, the average age for children to be weaned is close to 4 years old.
Leigh Anne adds, “Nobody should answer the question of how long you should breastfeed. That’s up to a mother and her child.”
Benefits of Breastfeeding in Children
Decreases risks of:
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Digestive illnesses
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least a year and after that, he says it’s up to the parents. He adds that breastfeeding can be soothing to mothers as well, because the act of nursing releases hormones that help moms relax.
The lactation support group The Pump Station offers more information on breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding.
Deborah says her husband, Victor, snores so loudly that she often has to sleep on the couch. This sleeping arrangement is less than ideal, so Victor agrees to test three products that claim to put an end to snoring.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon, who is also a trained ear, nose and throat doctor, explains that Victor’s problem is a structural one. “When you lay back, all these structures just fall with gravity,” he says. Gesturing to a throat and sinus diagram, he continues, “They fall into your throat and block things.”
Emergency room physician Dr. Travis Stork warns that if you or your partner snores loudly, and then stops breathing and startles awake, it could be a sign of a serious disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.
The Doctors send Victor to sleep expert Dr. Todd Swift, and in the meantime, give Deborah a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 3 noise-cancelling headphones to make it through the night!
Did you know that kids can laugh up to 400 times a day? In fact, laughing can add up to eight years to your life!
“Laughter is free, do it as much as you can,” Dr. Travis says. “Life is short.”
Proud parents of 9-month-old Ethan made this video of their son enjoying life to its fullest, and it got more than 17 million hits on YouTube.