Mark P. Lacy, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Location and Office HoursAnMed Health OB/GYN Associates
2000 E Greenville
Anderson, SC 29621
How do women feel pain?
Howard S. Smith, Pain Medicine, answeredResearchers believe that for women, pain is in the nerves. For instance, in a study in which men and women are subjected to the same irritant, women usually give it a higher pain rating. When pain is chronic or long-term, women usually report insomnia, daytime sleepiness, irritability, appetite loss, muscle weakness, and depression. All of these can make it difficult, if not impossible, to do your daily tasks, including caring for your family and working outside the home.
Is it possible for a tampon to get stuck inside my body?
Lauren Streicher, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
Stuck tampons happen more frequently than you think, says obstetrics and gynecology specialist Dr. Lauren Streicher. Find out why it happens and the common mistake women make when they try to remove a stuck tampon by watching this video.
Can menopauase cause heavy vaginal bleeding?
Patricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answered
Technically menopause is the specific time that menstrual periods stop. The time leading up to that last period, more acurately called "perimenopause" can be a time of changes in the typical menstrual periods. Everything about the menstrual period, when we bleed, how much we bleed, how long we bleed, is controlled by messengers between the brain and the ovaries. These messengers are hormones.
At birth, an infant girl has all her eggs for the next generation. Her ovaries are in the best shape they will ever be. Fortunately, her brain is still very immature, so she doesn't have menstrual periods from birth!
Towards the end of the reproductive years, the brain is mature, but the eggs in the ovaries are those same cells she was born with. They don't respond as crisply and cleanly to the messages from the brain anymore. That means menstrual periods change. Typically in the early 40's, periods may get closer together. There may be a day or so of heavy flow, followed by almost no bleeding at all. Sometimes the flow will stop and start during a period. It is normal for cycles to become very unpredictable.
If you are bleeding so heavily that you soak your protection, tampon or pad, within an hour, and this continues for several hours, you should contact your health care provider.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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