Women are taught to always cross their legs, never pass gas in in public, and many rarely leave the house without makeup. The Doctors reveal why these old-fashioned expectations and other lady-like habits can harm your health!
Comedienne Loni Love hits the streets to get your take on what it takes to be a lady!
Holding it In
Women are taught never to pass gas in public, and Cindy, 52, takes it to an extreme, sometimes leading to embarrassing consequences. "I hold in my gas, and when I go to my home, I feel comfortable enough to let it out," she says. "That's what I did [once], thinking I was alone. After I let it out — and it was really bad — my son comes out of his room with his friend. As he walked his friend to the door, he had to pass the living room to get to the door. My son fell to his knees. He was like, 'Oh, my God!'"
Flatulence is a natural bodily function, with the average person doing so approximately 14 times a day. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that it smells because compounds in the gut, such as hydrogen sulfide, can give off an unpleasant odor.
"These are gasses produced by bacteria that usually live in the colon," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.
If you have excessive flatulence, take a look at your diet. Eating foods high in fiber, such as beans and broccoli, can cause some people to have more gas.
How to Minimize Gas
• Eat more fruits and vegetables, which help digestion
• Eat smaller meals
• Avoid spicy foods, coffee and tea
• Drink a cup of warm water to settle your diaphragm and reduce burping
While it's common for women to try to hold it in, is it unhealthy to do so? Dr. Travis explains what happens to your body when you don't expel gas.
• See a solution for those suffering with foul-smelling gas.
• Simple tips to help keep gas at bay.
• Grapefruit: Aids in digestion by increasing the body's digestive enzymes. You can also add grapefruit seed drops into grapefruit juice to create a flatulent-free cocktail.
Try these three drinks to put a stop to gas:
• Add ½ teaspoon of ginger to warm water and drink.
• Add a cinnamon stick to boiling water. Remove the stick after two minutes and let the water cool down to a manageable temperature before drinking.
• Add 2 teaspoons of brandy to warm water and drink.
Gas isn't the only thing that can affect your health if not expelled. Find out why next time you need to go, you should let it flow.
Too Much Makeup?
Leaving the house with makeup on can make a woman feel sexy and confident. Paula, 24, however, makes sure she is made up at all times — even in bed!
"I love makeup," she says. "Ever since I was a little girl, I've just been obsessed with it ... I honestly don't think that anyone has seen me without makeup for at least 10 years. I sleep in my makeup a lot. I really don't want my boyfriend to see me without makeup because I think I really do look like a different person."
The Doctors tell her the dangers of decorating her face day in and day out.
Kodie says she doesn't feel fresh unless she douches nearly every day. "I feel the need to douche because I just feel a woman needs to be clean down there," she says. "I've been doing it for 17 years. Especially after intercourse, I feel like I have to do it all the time."
While some women may feel douching cleans them up "down there," it actually may change the acidity of the vagina and promote the growth of bacteria and yeast infections. It may even increase sexually transmitted diseases by disrupting the vagina's natural defense system.
"The vagina is a self-cleaning oven," Dr. Lisa says. "You do not, absolutely do not, need to douche."
Dr. Lisa demonstrates how douching can cause health problems.
In addition to douching, women should avoid perfume-scented tampons, because they contain chemicals that can upset the natural balance of the vagina.
Tips to Minimize Odor
• Wear cotton underwear
• Groom the pubic region
• Wear loose-fitting clothing
• Shower after exercising or sweating
• After a shower, dry off before putting on clothes
Pregnancy and Hair Color
Rumors recently surfaced that reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was pregnant because her hair was orange like a carrot. "This rumor is because, a lot of times when women are pregnant, the hormones will affect the way that the dye is taken-up by the hair," Dr. Lisa says. "So, you may get a different hair color when your hormones change.
"Almost all of my patients will ask, 'When can I get my hair dyed?'" Dr. Lisa continues. "We say second trimester, because by that time, most of the development has taken place, even though there have been no studies that show that hair dying actually does affect the fetus.
"So, did [Khloe] dye her hair, and is it a strange color? Yes," Dr. Lisa adds. "But, does that actually prove that she's pregnant? Absolutely not!"