Dr Oz: Gynecology Myths Debunked
Dr. Oz and gynecologist Dr. Laren Streicher debunked some gynecology myths, like stopping birth control pills at 35 and canceling a gynecology appointment just because you are menstruating. Next, they are going over some symptoms that could point to less common problems and a few women from the audience had more myths busted.
Dr Oz: Painful Urination Is Interstitial Cystitis?
Painful urination in a woman is usually a sign of a urinary tract infection but Dr. Streicher said it could also be something called Interstitial Cystitis (IC). Dr. Streicher said one sign of having IC is taking antibiotics and seeing no results. She also said a constant urge to urinate is another sign that it could be more than just a UTI.
Although the problem can be managed, nearly three million Americans have an IC infection and they are continually told by gynecologists nothing is wrong because tests often miss the infection. Dr. Streicher said if you think you have an IC infection it is best to find someone who knows enough about the infection to manage it since many gynecologists are unfamiliar with IC.
Dr Oz: Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis
Every woman has some kind of pain during her period but for some women the pain can be too much. Dr. Streicher said for some women who have pain constantly, even after menstruation, it could be a problem called endometriosis. She explained a woman with endometriosis will not discharge everything during menstruation causing some of the discharge to float around the body and cause severe cramping.
Some of the clues a woman can look for if she thinks she has this disorder are excessive cramps, cramps getting worse and worse throughout the months and the cramps not stopping even after menstruation is completed.
Dr Oz: Is It Safe To Let Yeast Infections Go Away On Their Own?
Dr. Oz wanted to get back to busting some more myths, one of his favorite pastimes I think, so he called on a woman from the audience who said she gets a lot of yeast infections and she heard you can just let them be and they will go away. Is it true? Dr. Streicher told her it is true but did point out about 70 percent of women who think they have a yeast infection, actually have something else. She said waiting it out may cause some discomfort, but nothing serious will happen.
Dr Oz: How To Stop Urine Leaking From Laughing
The next woman Dr. Oz talked with said every time she laughs or coughs she leaks a little bit. She wanted to know if she could use a tampon to stop urine from leaking out of her. Dr. Streicher told her she can use a tampon to stop the leakage but she needs to be careful. Using a tampon when not menstruating can make it very difficult to get the tampon out. She suggested using some silicone lube on the tampon and only leaving it in for very short amounts of time.