Hot or cold? Night or day? Fast or slow? The Doctors cover the contradictions affecting your health.
What’s Weighing on your Mind?
The Doctors answer viewers’ questions about life’s opposites.
Heavy One Month, Light the Next
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that a woman’s menstrual flow normally changes throughout its cycle. Tampons of varying absorbency levels cater to different amounts of fluid. Light tampons hold approximately 6 grams, medium hold 6 to 9 grams and super ultra holds from 12 to 18.
“Remember, the menstrual flow is a vital sign,” Dr. Lisa says. “If you’re flooding more than one [super ultra] tampon in an hour, seeing lots of clots or your period lasts longer than seven days, you need to talk to your OB/GYN.”
Body Temperature: Highs and Lows
The body’s normal temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which can vary slightly in either direction. A minimum reading of 100.4 constitutes a fever, and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says that a fever becomes dangerous at 105 for both children and adults.
If you feel that you or your child may be running a fever, be sure to confirm with the right tools. According to Dr. Sears, ear and oral thermometers are quick and comfortable but the most accurate readings are taken rectally.
Though high temperature readings warrant medical attention, low readings are equally as important. Low body temperatures in young children and seniors can signify metabolic disorders, low blood sugar or sepsis, a severe infection of the blood stream that can be fatal. Be sure to consult your doctor if you or your child experiences extremely high or low body temperatures.
Does your Cut Need Stitches?
How can you tell when a wound needs stitches? Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains that cuts that are a quarter-inch deep can be taken care of with a butterfly or steri-strip. Lacerations deeper than a quarter of an inch oftentimes need sutures.
How to Clean a Wound:
• Clean and scrub out the wound with soap and water. Stay away from peroxide, as it can damage tissues within the wound.
• Cover the clean wound with a topical antibiotic ointment.
• Dress with an adhesive bandage.
Less Can be More
Studies show that 50 percent of women ages 18 to 30 have problems with satisfaction in the bedroom, and 98 percent respond best to a light touch. What’s the best way for a woman to maximize her pleasure? Dr. Lisa explains why less can be more when it comes to achieving the “Big O."
• Learn the physical signs of an orgasm
• Try the Orgasm Smoothie