Monday, August 21, 2017

Stop putting random things in your lady parts!

I'm just going to put this out there - unless there is a medical reason, you shouldn't put random things in your vagina. Like ever. Jade eggs for example. Definitely do not do this. It is a terrible idea to put rocks in your vagina. Penises, tampons, menstrual cups, fingers - sure. Rocks - definitely no. Wasps nests - my god, the horror. Putting random items in your lady parts can cause a host of problems. From infections, to vaginal wall scratching, to just plain getting stuck (um, super awkward). Also, by forcing your vag muscles to constantly contract, you end up screwing them up and will have problems releasing them properly.

There are other ways to strengthen your lady part muscles without walking around with an egg in there. For example:

  • Kegels: You've probably heard of these, but are you doing them right?Here is a quick guide. Don't forget that releasing the pelvic floor muscles are just as important as tightening them. This is an interesting visualization aid using a corkscrew (please don't go put a corkscrew up your lady parts. Watch the video). 
  • Squats - yes, good old fashioned squats. But make sure you are properly aligned and using the right muscles. Shins should be vertical (up and down), and your booty should be out (untucked). 
  • Bridge pose where you lift and lower your hips while engaging your pelvic floor muscles. 

And don't fall for the vaginal weights either. They seem to be the rage (seriously, what is up with everyone sticking heavy things in their lady parts?!) but studies have shown that they didn't really do anything.

As always, if you are having any pain, discomfort, problems with peeing, make an appointment with your lady parts doctor!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fertility 101: Problems with Ovulation

In a previous post I gave you the 411 on how ovulation SHOULD work. But sometimes it doesn't go as planned, and those little eggies don't get the memo.  There are several reasons why this may happen, some of which can be easily treated.

Anovulation is when the ovary doesn't release an egg for over three months (as opposed to once every 25-28 days). While the time between ovulation can vary quite a bit during puberty and right before menopause, for non-pregnant women ages 16-40, not ovulating is not the norm and can be the cause of infertility. In fact, in 1 out of 3 women having trouble getting pregnant anovulation is the problem.

Irregular/Infrequent Ovulation could also be the problem. This is when you don't ovulate every month.

Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is when you stop ovulating regularly before you hit the big 4-0. You basically ovulate less often and  your periods are all over the place, and some can get menopause-like symptoms.

How would you know if you are having ovulation issues? Most times your period will be all out of whack, if it comes at all. Your period might be very light or very heavy, or you may not have the usual fun period symptoms like bloating and boob pain. A lady parts doctor will want you to keep track of your periods (there are plenty of apps for that), and may want to do some blood work and ultrasounds to see if you are actually ovulating.

Ovulation problems can happen for a variety of reasons. Hormone imbalances, structural problems (like an ovarian cyst), thyroid issues, being over or underweight, or even just stress can throw ovulation off. It is important to first understand the reason you may not be ovulating before you treat it.

If you are trying to get pregnant, get an period tracking app, start peeing on ovulation sticks, and take it from there. And as always, check in with your lady parts doctor if you suspect anything is off!

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