Dr Oz: What’s Up Down There
Do you have issues down below and don’t know whether they’re normal or not? On today’s show, Doctor Oz is hitting below the belt. He is joined by Gynecologist, Dr. Lauren Streicher, to reveal what is normal and what is not when it comes to down there. No topic (and I mean NO topic) was off limits. Today, Dr Oz finally set the record straight on common women’s health issues such as yeast infections, urinary incontinence, hysteroscopic myomectomies and hysterectomies.
He put out a call across the country and chose 3 groups of girlfriends who joined Dr Oz on stage to discuss there “female issues.” Dr. Streicher says women aren’t necessarily avoiding talking about their issues down there, they’re just more accepting of the problem because it’s common.
Dr Oz: Hysteroscopic Myomectomy for Heavy Bleeding
Mina, from first group, asked Dr Oz how to stop heavy bleeding during that time of the month. Dr. Streicher says heavy bleeding is common and that fibroids are the biggest culprit for a heavy period. Dr Oz put on the gloves to show a normal uterus and ovary. Then he showed a uterus with a fibroid growing on top. (It was at least 10 times larger.) The good news is that fibroids are benign and don’t spread.
Your normal uterus is prone to making fibroids. There are two types; ones that push out and ones settled on the inside. When a fibroid pushes on the uterus, the uterus becomes malformed and can cause blood. (Hormones can influence this.)
Hysterectomy vs. Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
Hysterectomies are done to help women for heavy bleeding due to fibroids. Dr Oz says this isn’t the only way to stop the heavy bleeding. In fact, hysterectomies are the #1 unnecessary surgery for women. Hysteroscopic Myomectomy is a smaller procedure that can leave the pregnancy door open. (When you have a hysterectomy, you can no longer have children.) This new procedure is done to get rid of fibroids. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and women go home 2 hours later. A hysteroscopic myomectomy only works when the fibroid is in the cavity of the uterus. Dr Oz said that if doctor says you need a hysterectomy, get a second opinion to make an informed decision. It doesn’t mean that the doctor is wrong, it just mean that there may be other options for you.
Dr Oz: Urinary Incontinence Risk Factors
Tammy, from the second group, said that since her kids, her “plumbing” has not been the same. She has constant leakage and wanted to know how to resolve the issue.
Urinary Incontinence Risk Factors
– weight gain
– child birth
This can happen when you cough or laugh and some urine seeps out. You may also have an overactive bladder and end up peeing all over the place. When the pelvic floor is held tight, leakage is prevented. As you get older, gain weight or due to child birth, the pelvic floor begins to sag and all of a sudden small things (laugh, giggle, sneeze) cause you to leak.
Dr Oz: Pelvic Physical Therapy for Urinary Incontinence
Dr. Oz says in order to strengthen the pelvic floor, you may need pelvic physical therapy, which uses specific techniques to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Dr Oz: Botox for Urinary Incontinence
It’s not just for the wrinkles on your face, or the sweat under your arms. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has recently approved botox injections into the muscle of the bladder as remedy for urinary incontinence. (What do you think about that? Is this something you’d try?)
Dr Oz: Yeast Infection Remedies
Diana, from the third group, said she constantly got yeast infections. Dr Oz says at least half of women wills suffer from a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. (He believed it was even more common than that.) What happens is that sometimes you get yeast in your bladder. The yeast wants moisture, heat and sugar. When it gets these items, your bladder gets “very excited” and then you end up with the cheesy stuff.
Dr Oz: RepHresh Pro B
Once you get the yeast infection, you have to treat it. Dr Oz suggested RepHresh Pro B, an OTC remedy that gets rid of bad bacteria.
Dr Oz: Fluconazole
If you get chronic yeast infections, Doctor Oz suggested fluconazole. Take 1 pill once a week for 6 months. Use this remedy only after using over-the-counter products first.