Your OBGYN Questions, Answered

How can I talk to my partner about STIs?

Some people leave out the talk about infection before having sex with their potential sex partners. But you should have a conversation about safe sex so you can protect each other. Start a discussion, be direct and honest about your sexual history. This way, you can get your partner to open up and talk about prevention.

Why am I having a lot of cramping and sharp pelvic pain?

Sharp pain in your lower abdomen can be caused due to various reasons like ectopic pregnancy, ruptured ovarian cysts, or inflammation of the nerves. Urinary tract infection, miscarriage, endometriosis, or period can also result in cramps. A proper diagnosis can determine the possible cause or origin.

Some days, I think I might have depression or anxiety. What should I do if I’ve never been to therapy before?

Several women feel moody sometimes, but if your rage, anxiety, or sadness is adversely affecting your life, you may need help. Look for signs of trouble, like struggling to get out of bed every morning or avoiding places where you can meet people. Talk to those close to you, join a support group, or call a mental health provider to seek guidance.

Am I drinking too much? How can I know what’s a normal, healthy amount of alcohol per week?

Since women weigh less than men, the moderate drinking level is also less. One drink (12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor) per day is considered normal for women. Consuming 4-5 drinks within two hours can be called binge drinking.

Why am I having a hard time losing weight?

Low metabolic rate, genetics, hormonal imbalances, health issues like PCOS, and menopause, can be the reasons for not losing weight. Rather than indulging in fad diets and cutting entire food groups, include balanced eating plans and weight training to build muscle and lose fat.

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