Are hemorrhoids normal during pregnancy? If so, how can I treat them?
It is perfectly normal to have hemorrhoids during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can develop due to the increased blood in your body and the increased pressure to the blood vessels in your pelvic area. Here are a few suggestions to alleviate discomfort:
- Eat a diet high in fiber.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Do not strain during bowel movements.
- Sit in a warm sitz bath to relieve itching and burning.
- Apply an ice pack or a cloth soaked in witch hazel to the region.
- Perform Kegel exercises to improve circulation in the area.
What are the warning signs of Cervical Cancer?
As you grow older your risk for Cervical Cancer increases. Often, a warning sign of Cervical Cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding.
What is an IUD?
An IUD, or Intrauterine Device, is a plastic birth control device shaped like a small T and is inserted into a women’s uterus by a physician. A plastic string is tied to the end of the IUD and hangs from the device through the cervix and the vagina. IUDs prevent fertilization of the egg by damaging or killing sperm and also keep the uterine lining where a fertilized egg would plant from growing. An IUD can be inserted at any time as long as you are not pregnant. Copper IUDs last up to 10 years, and hormonal IUDs last up to 5 years. This insertion procedure takes only a few minutes and your physician can give you local anesthetic if necessary.
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