While you may not mind if your period goes MIA, some irregular symptoms should not go ignored. Skipped periods and other pesky menstrual problems like spotting and heavy bleeding could be signs of something more serious. Read on for our guide to red-flag symptoms that are worth talking to your ob-gyn about.
1. Skipping Periods
If you miss two or more periods and you know you're not pregnant, it could be due to a hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems, excessive exercise or dieting, stress or premature menopause. Without a period, the lining of the uterus could build up too much, leading to the growth of abnormal cells (a potentially precancerous condition), notes Sharon Mass, MD, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UMDNJ in Newark, New Jersey. Besides giving you a pelvic exam, your doctor is likely to order blood tests to check hormone levels and screen for a thyroid disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS, a condition
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- Period Problems You Shouldn't Ignore
While you may not mind if your period goes MIA, some irregular symptoms should not go ignored. Skipped periods and other pesky menstrual problems like spotting and heavy bleeding could be signs of something more serious. Read on for our guide to red-flag symptoms that are worth talking to your ob-gyn about.Read More »from Period Problems You Shouldnâ€™t Ignore
- 6 Menstrual Myths Revealed
By now you've probably heard a lot of different things about your period. While some are clearly old wives' tales, others can be trickier to decipher. Whether you're wondering if it's safe to skip the Pill's placebos or if women in close proximity really do sync up their cycles, we've called in the experts to get to the bottom of some of the biggest menstruation myths out there.
1. Your hormones shift every seven years?Read More »from 6 Menstrual Myths Revealed
There's no such timetable. Your hormones are always shifting because that's what happens throughout the monthly cycle itself. But big-picture changes are also always going on. "Women's hormones are always shifting because the ovarian reserve [the supply of remaining eggs] gets lower and lower as we age," Nanette Santoro, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado at Denver. The number of eggs in your ovaries in turn affects hormone levels. Specifically, as the number of eggs shrinks, levels of
Sports Bra SmartsSports Bra Smarts
Choosing the right sports bra is critical. "Breast tissue is held up by a ligament that, if not supported, can stretch over time," says Vicci Hill- Lombardi, EdD, associate professor of athletic training at Seton Hall University. Yes, even if you're flatchested or are only doing a moderately paced walk, you need to wear something that supports you while you're working out. Flip through the slideshow to see smart picks for every cup size. Photo: © iStockphoto
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This racerback style provides plenty of support for a smaller cup size, and the Powermax fabric wicks moisture. The flat seaming prevents irritation as well. Lucy Perfect Core Bra, $54; Lucy.com. Photo: © Burcu Avsar
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The mesh back and lining are supportive and breathable. Fun fact: The cups feature fabric made from recycled coffee grounds to help soak up moisture and prevent odor. Moving Comfort Vixen, $36; MovingComfort.com. Photo: © Burcu Avsar
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The cushioned straps andRead More »from The Best Sports Bras by Cup Size
- The Truth About Pet Allergies
Confusion reigns when it comes to how and why our furry friends make us sneeze and wheeze. Sakina S. Bajowala, MD, a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, sets us straight.
It's not the hair. The allergen is a protein that's found in saliva, urine, oil glands and dead skin cells, so a short-haired dog or hairless cat isn't always "safer."
No pet is completely hypoallergenic. Some animals are bred to have lower levels of certain allergens, but you could be bothered by different ones.
The amount of allergen varies from animal to animal, not by the breed or species. You could play with your sister's schnauzer for hours without so much as a sniffle but break into hives upon meeting your neighbor's.
Bottom line. If you can, try temporarily living with Fluffy before you commit.Photo: © Shutterstock
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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You're probably familiar with the giddy satisfaction of online shopping: Add something to your cart, check out and in a few days you'll have your purchase delivered right to your door. It's almost too easy, right? While online shopping may seem pretty simple, there are actually loads of industry secrets and insider tips that can make navigating virtual shopping malls much more productive. We talked to online shopping experts to learn what the pros know about finding the very best inventory at the lowest prices. Read on to learn how to start surfing your way to some great finds.
Time It Right
One of the lures of Internet shopping is that the World Wide Web is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But when it comes to finding great deals online, knowing when to log on is the key to clicking your way to a bargain.
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- Wasatch Family Therapy in Salt Lake City. "In most cases, they ask because they care about you and your future." Peer pressure also comes from people's need to justify their decisions. So if your friend is getting married, she may pressure you to do the same. "People like to think that what they are doing is right, and if you do it, too, that validates their choices," says Mark Sharp, PhD, clinical psychologist at Aiki Relationship Institute in Oakbrook, Illinois. Want to navigate pressure points in your relationship Read More »from How to Handle Relationship Questions Gracefully
Which came first: the boardwalk or the greasy-but-great food? It's an impossible question to answer, but one thing is for sure-from East to West, boardwalks are now synonymous with tasty treats. Case in point: Nathan's, the formerly small hot dog shack that is now one of Coney Island's most celebrated culinary attractions, or Kohr's Frozen Custard, which began with a lone stand and now boasts three locations along the Jersey Shore. With this in mind, we decided to scour the coastlines to discover the best of beachside cuisine. Read on for our favorite sweet and salty indulgences, some of which may seem shocking, but are sure to satisfy.
Saltwater Taffy-Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey
The hubbub of this casino-lined boardwalk is only trumped by one thing: taffy. Known as "The Saltwater Taffy Capital of the World," Atlantic City earned its nickname as a result of two young entrepreneurs, Joseph Fralinger and Enoch James, who started as competitors inRead More »from 8 Best Boardwalk Foods in the U.S.
When it comes to summer jobs, there aren't many options: mowing the lawn, painting houses, waitressing and…selling your hair? Surprisingly, yes! If you're looking to make extra money right now, there are plenty of unusual gigs out there. From turning your car into a moving billboard to keeping the scales of justice in balance as a mock juror, you can pocket some change in plenty of out-of-the-ordinary ways. Read on to find out how these odd jobs can really pay off.
You don't have to be a teacher-or even have a classroom--to make money tutoring. At sites like Tutor.com, you can sign up to help students online with a variety of subjects-from English and social studies to math and science. Once you pass your subject test, complete a mock session and take a final exam, you're ready to start working. The hours are flexible, so you can design your virtual tutoring schedule to work around your other commitments. Some of the site's most active tutorsRead More »from 10 Unusual Ways to Make Money
- 4 Things You Didn't Know About Vaccines
As medicine advances, so does the number of needle jabs: A baby born today may get 50 shots (including boosters) before her 18th birthday, compared to 11 for a child born in 1983. This means kids are being protected against a greater number of potentially deadly diseases. (Before vaccines, 3,000 U.S. kids each year died just from measles, and 10,000 annually were paralyzed by polio!) But even though there's plenty of evidence that vaccines are safe, some parents are still nervous. Here, four facts to help ease your mind.
1. Your child may not have to get so many vaccines on the same day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) schedule has kids getting as many as seven vaccines during one checkup. Most doctors say this is perfectly safe, but a few (including pediatrician Robert Sears, MD) say giving so many at once may increase the risk of side effects. If you'd prefer to space out the shots, talk to your doctor. Alanna Levine, MD, an AAP spokeswoman, saysRead More »from 4 Things You Didnâ€™t Know About Vaccines
- Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle
You're probably all too familiar with how your period affects your mood and cravings (hello, once-a-month chocolate fest!), but your period is just one part of your monthly menstrual cycle and a snapshot of how well your body is functioning. "Regular periods with no unusual symptoms mean your hormones are working properly, which bodes well for other parts of your body," explains Nanette Santoro, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado at Denver.
On the other hand, irregular periods may mean that you don't have enough estrogen, a hormone that's essential not only to your reproductive system and fertility, but also to the health of your heart and bones. Too-low levels can affect your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and even diabetes.
The important bottom line: All those hormonal changes your body goes through affect just about every aspect of your mental and physical health-for good and sometimes not-so-good.Read More »from Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle