Some female athletes could develop low calcium levels for the same reason that menopausal women do: low levels of the hormone estrogen in their bodies. Female athletes have been linked to a trio of problems (called the "female athlete triad") that could cause low calcium levels. This trio includes changes in diet patterns, not having a period, and osteoporosis. Because of this possibility, very physically active women may need to supplement with calcium and should to see their doctor for any of these problems. Low calcium levels might lead to inflammation of gum tissue and further oral health problems.
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Can female athletes have low calcium levels?
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How is vaginal atrophy treated?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Vaginal atrophy can be treated with vaginal dilators -- available in different widths and sizes -- to help improve the elasticity and pliability of the vagina. Treatment usually involves five minutes of daily use with a lubricant. Be sure to discuss this treatment with your gynecologist before it.
Your pelvic floor -- just like your biceps -- is made of muscle. Sex on a regular basis actually helps keep your vagina in shape. Kegel exercises help, too.
How many women in the United States smoke cigarettes?
HealthyWomen answeredDespite the ever-increasing knowledge surrounding the negative consequences of smoking, many women continue to fuel their cigarette habit. In fact, 20 million adult women and 1.3 million girls in the United States were smokers in 2011. Of those smokers, around 174,000 die each year as a direct result of tobacco use.
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