Thursday 22 June 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Answers to Common Women’s Health Questions

In the following brief question-and-answer session, accomplished author and women’s health entrepreneur Marla Ahlgrimm answers questions on women’s health topics.

Q: What do changes in the menstrual cycle mean?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A woman’s menstrual cycle may change over time. However, any changes that last for more than three months should definitely be evaluated by your doctor or gynecologist. Endometrial cancer and uterine fibroids are just two reasons for heavier bleeding. Stress and even your BMI can affect your periods.

Q: Is a waning sex drive common during menopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A decreased libido is common as women age, especially past the 50th birthday. A few ways to increase a waning sex drive naturally include watching your diet and getting plenty of exercise. If intercourse is painful due to vaginal dryness, you may use an over-the-counter lubricant to minimize discomfort.

Q: Are ovarian cyst common?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Ovarian cysts are common in women of reproductive age. They are not as common in women who have experienced menopause, though they are typically noncancerous. If you have a family history of ovarian cysts, speak with your doctor to determine if you are at a higher risk for ovarian cancer.

Q: Does using birth control alter the menstrual flow in pubescent girls?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It typically takes up to five years for a young lady to establish a normal menstrual cycle,so irregular cycles are not typically concerning during this time. Birth control is an excellent long term solution to not only prevent pregnancy but to reduce discomfort and regulate menstrual flow. Chances are, birth control will have no long-term effect on a young woman’s cycle but certain types of hormones, such as those used in the Depo Provera birth control shot, may cause irregular periods for the first three to six months.


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