007: Ask Dr. Drai, OB-GYN

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Dr. Drai is spilling the medical “T” on BirthControl, Infertility, Menopause, and Pap Smears. Connect with Dr. Drai online at DrDrai.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

Menopause

To help manage symptoms, Dr. Drai recommends:

  • Keep a fan handy
  • Stay hydrated, drink more water
  • Exercise; walking, jogging, swimming, strength training
  • Eat healthy; fish, veggies and soy. Limit salt & processed carbs
  • Take dietary supplements daily; especially calcium, vitamin D and a multi-vitamin
  • Use lubricant during intimate moments
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Flax seed

Infertility

10% of the population suffer from infertility issues. Go see your doctor if you’ve been trying for 1 year without success. Women over 35 should see their doctor after 6 months without success. Women over 40 should see their doctor immediately if they would like to try to get pregnant.

Common GYN problems

Women often visit an OB-GYN for problems with their sex life; lack of interest, unable to achieve orgasm, urinary incontinence and pain during sex. Visit the doctor sooner rather than later, if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Birth Control/Contraception

Dr. Drai prefers the NuvaRing and Mirena because they are both easy to use.

Pap Smears

New guidelines for pap smear screening. First screening should be done at 21 years old, along with HPV testing. If both are negative, women should be testing every 3 years until age 29. After 30, you can be screened every 5 years, if the test remains negative. If the HPV test is positive for a high-risk strain of the virus, a pap smear must be done once every year. Screening tests can be stopped at age 65 if all tests within the last 10 years have been normal.

HPV

  • Is sexually transmitted
  • Can be transmitted between sex partners who share adult toys (same sex and heterosexual partners)

Trying To Conceive

Use an ovulation predictor kit to determine when you are ovulating. Have unprotected sex on the days before and during ovulation. Exercise regularly, stop smoking, limit caffeine and NO alcohol, NO street drugs. Men can have fertility issues as well, so they should be evaluated, as well.

Internet Based Smartphone Apps for fertility

Healthy Inspirational Quote

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at Yourself.  ~Ethel Barrymore

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