Does it Happen to Other Women, Too?

OB/GYN or Pediatrician?

For new moms, it can be confusing to figure out which doctor to see for certain health questions. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson offer their tips.

Approximately 10.4 million Americans develop hemorrhoids every year, nearly 60 percent of whom are women.

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus region. They are caused by pressure and straining during bowel movements, obesity, anal intercourse, pregnancy and sitting on the toilet for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids can either develop internally or externally, but external ones often cause the most pain.

When a woman develops hemorrhoids during or after pregnancy, they're known as momrrhoids. They are caused by added weight placed on the uterus during pregnancy, which interferes with the function of pelvic blood vessels and causes blood to pool, forming the hemorrhoids. "They are very, very common," Dr. Lisa says.

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates hemorrhoid treatment options.

How to Prevent Hemorrhoids:

• Stay hydrated
Increase intake of fiber
Exercise regularly
Maintain an ideal body weight
Improve posture
Reduce bowel movement time and strain
Use moist or wet toilet paper
Keep the anal area clean

Hairy Situation
Find out what causes excessive body and facial hair, and the most effective way to remove it.

Learn why women develop unwanted hair on their body and face.


See how a simple thread can
eliminate excess hair.


Belly Bloat

Bothered by a bloated belly? Find out what causes a distended tummy and how you can relieve the bloating.

Multiple Missed Periods
Missed periods can be caused by a spectrum of issues, such as stress and travelling, to more serious matters, like pregnancy, hormonal imbalances and thyroid problems. If you have missed multiple periods, it is important to see your doctor and have it checked out.

"The period is a vital sign for women," Dr. Lisa says. "If it skips a few months in a row that means something's going on."

Dr. Lisa describes a normal menstrual cycle and explains why it can be irregular.

Ask Dr. Lisa

Find out why some women experience urinary incontinence when they sneeze.

Learn the causes of vaginal flatulence.



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Get more great tips from Dr. Lisa, and ask her a question of your own!





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