Dr Oz: Do You Look Before You Flush?
Dr. Oz says that looking in the toilet before you flush is very important because it holds clues to your health, and this is especially true for a woman during her period. He says the way your period looks helps to determine if your hormones are out of balance! Find out what you need to look for the next time you flush the toilet.
Dr Oz: Signs Of Hormonal Imbalance
Dr. Oz says that paying close attention to your period can actually reveal a lot about your hormones as well as your health. While many people believe it’s often taboo to talk about menstruation, Dr. Oz believes it is very important for women to understand exactly what is going on with their body every month. Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OBGYN, explained that while there are definitely some changes with a woman’s period as she gets older, it is important to keep track of those changes because if they occur over a 3-4 month span then you should talk to your doctor about it. Dr. Shepherd says it is important to feel comfortable discussing your period with your doctor because at some point it will likely change and you will need to have a conversation with them and ask questions about what is going on.
Dr Oz: Is a Clumpy Period Normal?
Do you look in the toilet before you flush? Dr. Oz says it could reveal a lot about your health, so even though it may make you a bit queasy he says women need to look before they flush, especially during their period.
Dark saturated color that appears clumpy – This is a sign you have a high amount of estrogen, which can cause a heavy period with a lot of clumping. Other signs of high levels of estrogen include headaches, migraines, stubborn weight, breast tenderness and acne. Dr. Jessica Shepherd explained you are at a higher risk for increased levels of estrogen if you are overweight or obese. She says it could put a woman at a higher risk for cancer, so it is definitely worth it to take a quick peek before you flush the toilet.
Light pink and thinned out – Alisa Vitti said this is an indication that your estrogen levels are too low with other signs including lower libido, thinning hair, vaginal dryness, hair loss and fatigue. Dr. Shepherd explained that low levels of estrogen cause your period to be unpredictable with long term risks that include problems with your bone density, which can lead to more fractures. If you notice a combination of these symptoms it is worth having a conversation with your doctor to figure out ways you can increase your estrogen levels.
Vibrant Saturated Red Color (Think Cranberry Juice) – Alisa Vitti said this is what an ideal period would look like if it is what you see when you look in the toilet. She explained this is a sign of the perfect period that starts on time and ends on time with no obvious problem, but she did suggest looking at yourself about five days before your period actually begins to look for signs of PMS. Alisa explained that PMS is actually not normal and if you are dealing with weight gain, bloating, moodiness or just feeling like a different person it could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance.