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Kieona is in the audience with a question for OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry. She shares that she accidentally put in two tampons and wants to know, should she contact a doctor?
Dr. Nita says this does happen occasionally so don’t be embarrassed! She says to remove the tampons, one at a time, as soon as you realize. Only use your fingers, no other devices! The vagina is only 3 – 4 inches long, and Dr. Nita compares it to a dead-end street – there’s nowhere for those tampons to go!
If the tampon doesn’t come out at first, Dr. Nita advises taking one finger to just feel for it. Then, go back in with two fingers to pull it out.
While TSS, or Toxic Shock Syndrome, is rare, it is important to get those tampons out because two tampons leave more blood sitting in the vagina, which can cause bacteria to form, increasing TSS risk. Dr. Nita says the same principle stands for those extra absorbent tampons and she advises women to change them every 4 – 6 hours.
Signs you may have a tampon in you that you forgot about include increased vaginal discharge, vaginal odor, pelvic ab pain, and itching.
Another viewer has a common period concern about those crazy cravings. She says the scale goes up and she craves sugar more than anything else around the time of her period. What will help with weight loss while dealing with mother nature?
Dr. Nita explains hormones are all over the place around the time of your period. She says cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, increases, while serotonin, the hormone associated with making you feel happy as well as helping to control your appetite, decreases. She also says the lower level of magnesium may increase cravings, especially for chocolate!
Dr. Nita advises making smart choices such as:
- Incorporate protein into breakfast. This will make you feel fuller.
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies. The fiber will help stabilize blood sugar.
- Avoid cookies and chips.
- When you crave chocolate, reach for dark. Milk has more sugar.
- Exercise and yoga. Both will help balance out hormones.
When in the premenstrual phase, you will retain water weight. Don’t be freaked out if you see a few pounds more on the scale around this time. As long as you incorporate those other healthy choices the scale should go back down after. Willpower is huge.