OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson shares the 10 most common complaints that women reveal to their doctor.
10. Hair Loss
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 30 million American women suffer from hair loss.
Common Causes of Hair Loss:
• Hyper- or hypo-thyroid disease
• Changes in estrogen levels
• High blood pressure medication
How to Prevent Hair Loss:
• Test blood levels once a year to rule out potential hormonal issues
• Take a daily vitamin D supplement to strengthen the immune system and fight off illnesses that can cause hair loss
• Take a daily vitamin B12 supplement to help hair growth
• Take a daily iron supplement to aid in the growth and maintenance of hair
9. Hot Flashes
Sooner or later, every woman faces menopause, the cessation of her menstrual cycle when the ovaries decrease production of the hormone estrogen.
One of the most common side effects of decreased estrogen is the fluctuation of body temperature, causing hot flashes. During a hot flash, blood flows to certain areas of the body, increasing heat and creating a flushed sensation. As the body’s temperature rises, the body then cools itself by sweating.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is commonly used to treat perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, but other avenues are proving helpful in the relief of hot flashes. Licensed acupuncturist Novella Leimberg, from El Leon Spa, demonstrates how a Chinese acupuncture treatment can provide relief from hot flashes.
How to Minimize Hot Flashes:
• Use fans during the day to stay cool
• Take a daily vitamin B complex supplement to help regulate estrogen levels
• Take a daily vitamin E supplement to act as an estrogen substitute
• Eat soy products, which are thought to have weak estrogen-like effects that may help reduce hot flashes
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8. Vaginal Discharge
Dr. Lisa n explains that the vagina is constantly cleaning itself. She describes how vaginal discharge indicates the state of a woman’s health and where she is in her menstrual cycle.
7. Fatty Upper Pelvic Area (FUPA)
Fatty upper pelvic area refers to a pouch of fat common in overweight women but can be caused by genetics as well. FUPA can cause sexual discomfort, affect self-esteem and make certain clothing uncomfortable to wear.
Board-certified plastic surgeon and urologist Dr. Gary Alter says an easy way to correct the condition is to remove the fat pad in the pelvic region with a combination of liposuction and a pelvic lift.
6. Bad Menstrual Cramps
During menses, the lining of the uterus breaks down and is expelled through the vaginal canal. This happens because prostaglandins, which are molecular compounds, cause uterine muscles to contract and restrict the blood supply to the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. As the endometrium breaks down and dies, uterine contractions expel the tissue from the body.
The contractions of the uterus can cause painful cramps. Extreme pain in the lower abdomen or severe pelvic cramps may be sign of endometriosis, a condition in which the endometrial tissue occurs elsewhere in the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis is common is young adults.
5. Low Libido
Forty percent of American women suffer from a low sex drive. The reason, Dr. Lisa explains, is not a simple one. Many factors influence a woman’s sexual desire, including hormones, emotional well-being, stress levels, sexual history, lifestyle and her current relationship.
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4. Your Best Orgasm
There are four phases to a woman’s sexual arousal process: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.
“A lot of women really don’t know their bodies, and they really rely on the man to give them their orgasms,” Dr. Lisa says. “And that’s why we talk so much on the show about knowing your body, about self-pleasuring, because you have to know what does it for you in order to communicate that to a man.”
Generally speaking, the chance of a woman achieving orgasm during intercourse is increased by directly or indirectly touching or rubbing her clitoris.
Signs You’ve Had an Orgasm:
• Involuntary muscle contractions: rhythmic quivering contractions in the uterus and vagina can occur as fast as one per second. A mild orgasm is comprised of approximately three to five contractions, and an intense orgasm can have as many as 10 to 15 contractions.
• Heavy, rapid breathing
• Blood pressure and heart rate increase
• Red blotches, or “a sex flush,” may appear over the entire body due to increased blood flow
• Breasts become fuller
• Vaginal walls swell and redden
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3. Condom Use
Proper use of condoms during intercourse can provide 90 percent protection against HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Latex condoms provide the best protection. Condoms made from polyurethane material are the best alternative for those with latex allergies, but protection is not as good as the latex. Natural and lamb skin condoms do not provide any protection from disease.
“The only thing you’re going to be able to protect yourself against [STDs] with is a male condom or the female condom,” Dr. Lisa says. “Take control of your life, because it’s your life you’re dealing with.”
2. Weight Gain
Many women struggle with losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are imperative lifestyle choices, but some delicious low-cal snacks can help satisfy your cravings and shed pounds!
Try The Doctors delicious asparagus dish:
• Place asparagus in a glass Pyrex dish
• Sprinkle with olive oil and parmesan cheese.
• Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
Asparagus: A zero-calorie food. It takes more calories for the body to break down the vegetable than are in it.
Parmesan: Women who consume one serving of whole milk or cheese daily are less likely to gain weight over time.
Olive oil: A healthy fat that increases the feeling of fullness.
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1. Stay Tuned!
Tune in to tomorrow’s show to find out what the number one complaint is and what you can do about it!