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Gynecologists out of the University of Michigan are saying that an orgasm can shorten a woman’s menstrual cycle! Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains the idea is that menstrual blood in the uterus will be squeezed out during the course of sex and orgasm.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains that this makes sense because during your period the uterus contracts to thin out the endometrium lining. If you do something to increase the number of contractions, like having an orgasm, it will thin out more quickly.
The Doctors say it’s okay to have sex on your period but it is a personal preference. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says she does think the contractions and hormones releasing during orgasm may help reduce period length but she points out there aren’t any factual studies. Dr. Ordon agrees, saying these findings seem anecdotal. However, Dr. Ordon says that orgasms do release endorphins so they can help women feel better during that tough time of the month. Dr. Nita reminds viewers that you can still get pregnant during your period.
Asides from orgasming, Dr. Nita says taking hormonal birth control or other hormones like progesterone could help shorten a period. Exercise also helps and there are medications that can make it lighter like NSAIDs or tranexamic acid.
Sticking with the topic of vaginas, The Doctors discuss the use of feminine hygiene products down there. Dr. Ordon shares that sales of these products are over 2.7 billion dollars this year alone but a Canadian study says they may be putting women at risk of infection down there. The study found that gel sanitizer was associated with 8 times higher risk of yeast infections and 20 times higher risk of bacterial infections.
Dr. Nita says that women should avoid these products because when it comes to the genital area, less is more! She says the area is very sensitive and adding products like creams, gels and scented soaps can be irritating and cause infections. Furthermore, bacterial infections can then lead to the increase of STIs. “Your vagina is not supposed to smell like a rose garden,” says Dr. Nita. She says if women do notice an odor they shouldn’t try to mask it but rather go to a doctor to find the underlying cause.
Dr. Nita says if women still want to add products down there, to try one at a time, so if they have a reaction they will know the irritant. Dr. Nita says just using warm water with unscented soup on the outside is fine and from a skin perspective, Dr. Batra agrees. She also adds that with the Canadian study, they can’t be so quick to assign causality because women were asked if they were using the products and if they had infections. She says there is no way to know if the products were being used to treat already existing infections. Yet, it’s still important to note your vagina doesn’t need these products! Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez interjects saying, “In the end, I think we are using too many cleaners for everything. The body has its own natural bacteria.”