Dr Oz: Is it Okay to Skip the Placebo Week While on the Pill?
Dr. Oz sits down with three female gynecologists to discuss the myths even your gyno believes and nothing is off-limits! Get ready to learn the truth about some of the biggest myths you have been told about when they all reveal the truth once and for all!
Dr Oz: Will Sitting in a Wet Bathing Suit Cause a Yeast Infection?
Dr. Lauren Streicher started off by debunking one of the biggest female health myths when she revealed there is no scientific evidence that shows you are are more likely to get a yeast infection from sitting in a wet bathing suit or wearing tight jeans. Gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya shared how she has always believed that big-hipped women could deliver any size baby, while tiny, petite women would most likely require a c-section. She says she was proven wrong when a little 4’ 11” woman delivered a 13-pound baby naturally with just two pushes and no epidural.
Dr Oz: Is it Normal for a Woman to Smell Like Fish?
Now it is time to address a female health myth that is bit more personal in nature. One woman shared how her gynecologist told her that all odor “down there” is completely normal, but is that true or is it a myth? Dr. Hilda Hutcherson says that while women should not smell like roses and lilacs, they each have their own unique scent, but there are certain odors that are signs of an infection, so you should see your doctor if that is the case.
- Musky/Earthy odor that gets stronger closer to ovulation is normal because it is actually an aphrodisiac.
- Most women have a small amount of yeast in their vagina, but if you notice a strong odor of this type that is combined with itching and discharge it is probably time to see your doctor.
- Dr. Hutcherson says your nether region should never smell like a fish and if it does, you have a problem, so see your doctor.
Dr Oz: Is it Normal to Have Your Period While on the Pill?
The next myth comes from a woman who was told by her gyno that not getting her period while on birth control is a bad thing. She says her doctor advised her to make sure she takes the pills for the placebo week in order to keep her cycle “normal”.
Dr. Lauren Streicher explains that if you are not taking the pill it is really important that you get your period every month, but if you are on birth control there is absolutely no medical reason you need to have a period. Dr. Streicher says you can actually go from the last active pill in birth control pack to the first active pill in the next pack, skipping the placebo week, and there can even be health benefits if you do so.
- Keeps your hormones evened out.
- Avoid heavy periods, cramping, and headaches
Dr Oz: Does an IUD Cause Infertility?
Dr. Oz’s next guest says her gynecologist told her that using an IUD for birth control would increase her risk for infertility and that she avoid it until having children, but is this true or is it just a myth? Dr. Minaya says this is a total myth and explains that IUDs are a very safe and reversible form of contraception as long as you can handle a small amount of cramping and discomfort when it is inserted.