The Doctors: Are Bears Attracted To Menstrual Blood?
The Doctors are addressing the truth about some common health beliefs as they tell us which ideas are myth and which are reality. It’s camping season, and one woman wanted to know the truth. Are bears attracted to menstrual blood from women on their periods? Is it safe to go camping on your period?
Dr Lisa Masterson said this is a great question, but the answer depends on the species of bear. “So far, the only bear that responds to menstrual blood is the polar bear,” she said, so I guess as long as you’re not going camping on an ice floe, you should be in good shape.
It is a myth that bears will attack women who are menstruating. The grizzly bear and black bear were not found to be attracted to menstrual blood, so female campers (and their male companions or family members) can rest a little easier in their tents.
The Drs TV: Is It Bad To Lick Your Wounds?
A woman chopping vegetables in her kitchen nicked her finger with a knife, leading to the question of whether it’s safe to lick your own wounds. “To some extent it’s a reality,” Dr Travis Stork said. Saliva has some healing and antibacterial properties, but the mouth is a cesspool of bacteria.
The bottom line is you don’t want to lick your wounds excessively. As an ER doctor, Dr Travis said that he sometimes treats people who’ve been in a fight. “If they have an open wound on their hand that came from a tooth, I’m worried about bacteria from someone else’s mouth,” he said.
He said paper cuts or small wounds are less of a concern. But he said the best approach is to clean the wound with high pressure water or saline.
Can Your Uterus Fall Out?
A viewer heard from her friend that a woman’s Uterus can fall out while she’s walking down the street, which she said sounds like “a horror story.” But Dr Lisa revealed that the surprising answer is this is a reality.
“It can fall out, but it’s not going to hit the ground,” she said. “It’s attached to you by ligaments.” With age or multiple childbirths (four or more), the ligaments and muscles weaken, and the Uterus can fall into the Vagina.
Uterine Prolapse: How To Keep Your Uterus From Falling Out
Women complain that they feel someting similar to a ball, back pain, or pain with intercourse, which are symptoms of this situation, called Uterine Prolapse. The Uterus can keep on going, and if it comes all the way out of the vagina, that’s called Uterine Procidentia. The horrified facial expressions of women in the audience were priceless.
In most cases, this problem is addressed through surgery. Keeping your muscles strong is a good way to prevent this issue. Dr Lisa said stopping your urine in midstream is a technique that can tighten those crucial muscles.
The Drs: Ink Poisoning & Writing On Your Hands
Have you ever written on your hands to remember an important note or phone number? Do you wonder whether that’s a health issue? The Doctors next tackled a question about the possibility of getting ink poisoning from writing on your hands.
Dr Travis said even doctors do this (aren’t they supposed to wash their hands a lot, though?). Most pens and markers don’t have harmful or poisonous ingredients, so you should be in the clear. But he said to watch out for products containing Xyline, which can induce an allergic response.
Using excessive ink around an open cut or wound could get the ink your bloodstream, and that’s the only time you might need to really be concerned about this bad habit.
The Doctors: Can A Fetus Fart?
Pregnant women have all kinds of new things to worry about, from crazy cravings to confusing new sensations. You know your baby can kick, but can it also pass gas in the womb? Dr Lisa said that full term babies can actually void their bowels in the womb (known as Maconium). In some cases, the baby can swallow this when it mingles with Amniotic Fluid.
Dr Lisa’s son actually had this issue at birth, which can lead to complications. The short answer is yes, babies can pass gas in the womb, but in most cases there’s nothing to worry about, and you probably won’t even feel it.