Does Alcohol Make You Warmer? Precautions for this frigid Polar Vortex

So global warming isn’t a thing?

Presently, here in Chicago we are breaking records. The temperature has BROKEN the record for the coldest temperature on January 30th in Chicago ever. The temperature dipped to 21 degrees below zero and the wind chill is less than 50 below. The ALL TIME record low temperature in Chicago is 27 below. That feels like it is around the corner.

I recently learned a few things in preparation for this record breaking polar vortex that are relevant for anyone living in a region with extremely cold temperatures. Here we go.

Keep water dripping from faucets

Also keep your cabinets open under sinks and in kitchens to try to keep your pipes from freezing. Make sure cleaning supplies are out of reach of pets or small children. Keeping the room temperature above 60 degrees will help.

If your pipes freeze, DO NOT USE A BLOW TORCH TO UNTHAW YOUR PIPES. Crazy? No, that is a thing. But don’t do it because the integrity of the pipe can be compromised. A hair dryer is a much safer way to unthaw frozen pipes.

Be mindful of furniture or fabrics near space heaters.

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We recently had a crayon incident that left our room smokey and took our space heater out of commission at the hands of a melted crayon. Furniture these days is easily ignited and burns very quickly. I wrote an article about fire safety and evacuation practices here. Make sure everyone has a healthy FEAR of the space heater.

Cold air can affect how well you breathe.

If you must go outside, the air is not usual air.

From runnersworld.com:

Cold air is very dry. The burning sensation you feel when breathing in cold air is probably due to the combination of heat and water exchange that is occurring early in the inspiration of cold, dry air. For most people, this sensation goes away after a few breaths. It is not known to cause harm in a healthy lung, but can trigger an attack of bronchospasm in someone with asthma.

Keep your inhaler handy and consider wearing a scarf over your face or a facemask.

What about Alcohol? Will that warm me up?

This is a common question and one that is misleading. What happens when you drink alcohol is that you physically feel warmer because of the skin flushing and rerouting of blood flow that can occur. It can also lead to sweating, but actually your CORE body temperature drops during this process.

That means, alcohol can actually make you MORE prone to hypothermia, the dangerously low body temperature that can be life threatening. While alcohol may numb the sensation of cold and take your mind off of your choice of residence (#MidwestFail), it will not warm your body in a healthy way.

Avoid excessive alcohol when you are cold. It will only make the situation worse.

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Gyn Down Movie Review Round #1: The Best Man Holiday


Dr. Wendy McDonald, aka Dr Every Woman takes on the cinematic universe…

…in this first of many videos tackling the medical soundness of your favorite movies and shows. This video was recorded and edited by Dr. Wendy. It contains copyrighted materials and is not monetized.

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Women Winning: Highlighting Amazing and Inaugural Wins in 2018

Women made some awesome advancements in 2018.

I was recently talking to a patient who had returned from Saudi where she had performed in a play. This was a big deal because performances like that were previously illegal in the country prior to 2018.

“Cinemas had been banned for 35 years[3] until the first cinema in Saudi Arabia opened on 18 April 2018 in Riyadh.”

Source, Wikipedia

That discussion reminded me that there are things that we take for granted in life that aren’t customary for everyone. I want to take a moment and highlight some of those wins.

In 2018, it became legal for women to DRIVE in Saudi Arabia

On June 5th, 2018, BBC News reported the following:

“Expectations are that next week an additional 2,000 women will join the ranks of licensed drivers in the kingdom,” a statement from the Saudi information ministry said.
It added that the 10 women who had collected their new Saudi licences had “made history”.
“It’s a dream come true that I am about to drive in the kingdom,” Rema Jawdat, who received a licence, was quoted as saying by the ministry.
“Driving to me represents having a choice – the choice of independent movement. Now we have that option.”

BBC News

Can you imagine being a person who owns a car but needing a man to drive you wherever you need to go? I am a working mother with places to go and people to see. It’s hard to imagine that just 6 months ago, women received this right for the first time ever!

It didn’t come easy either. There were YEARS of protests and demostrations. Men and women were even getting arrested up until the law changed. I call that a not-so-small VICTORY!!!! Congrats ladies.

2018 saw a RECORD number of women enter the US Congress

In the November election, history was made when the election of democratic women caused the House to flip from Red to Blue. Over 100 women now hold congressional positions. Prior to this, the highest number of women in Congress in history was 84.

Two of my favorites were these awesome individuals, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar:

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Ilhan Omar

Reporting from the Washington Post:

” Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, born in Detroit to Palestinian parents, and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, who arrived in the United States from Somalia at age 14, won their House races, becoming the first Muslim women elected to Congress. “

How cool is that? I love diversity. I celebrate equality. This is definitely a historical moment for 2018.

And then there was #MeToo

Tarana Burke, founder of this pivotal and life-changing movement spoke in her TED Talk about how the movement started in 2006, but went viral in October of 2017. In 2018, she talked about the movement changing, but not for the better.

” Suddenly, a movement to centre survivors of sexual violence is being talked about as a vindictive plot against men,” she said.
“Victims are heard and then vilified.”
She was keen to get back to the original intention she had for MeToo when, in 2006, she wrote the words on a piece of paper as a way of starting an action plan to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. …

Watch Tarana’s daughter talk about her and the MeToo movement

During Ms. Burke’s TED Talk,

she went on to talk about the change she wanted to see come back to the movement:

“She ended her talk with a plea that victims not be forced to relive their traumas by speaking about them and she called for the fight against “power and privilege” to continue.
“We have to re-educate ourselves and our children to understand that power and privilege doesn’t always have to destroy and take – it can be used to serve and build,” she said.

Yeah. That makes sense.

I’m looking forward to 2019. Not just for my own personal growth and the growth of The Gyneco-bLogic, but because momentum is growing. The pendulum is swinging back to a direction that feels right. I think that we can ALL take this thing my storm!

Comment or tag here or on FB and IG @dreverywoman or @thegynecoblogic with any amazing girl power stories that you think we would like. I love celebrating victories, large and small. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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If You Suffer From Recurrent Irritation “Down There,” You NEED To Try THESE

There is no such thing as TMI in gynecology. If you are squeemish about talking about or SAYING the word VAGINA, we are going to handle that right now.

Vagina.

VAGINA.

VAGINA.

Okay, now that that is out of the way, many women see me because of recurrent vaginal irritation. I’m talking about itching, irritation, odor, and just overall heightened awareness of their vagina. Some women may have a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or urinary tract infections once in a blue moon.  Others may find themselves with irritating symptoms every month, every other month or more.

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Chill… it’s a plant 😉

How do I keep vaginal infections away?

For clarity, I am speaking about spontaneous vaginal infections, not sexually transmitted infections. There are many ways a person can prevent or decrease the risk of STIs. Check out THIS post about the types of sexually transmitted infections one can contract and how to avoid them. 

Unfortunately, yeast and BV aren’t as easy to prevent as STIs. Condoms won’t necessarily keep these random infections away. Some believe in a low sugar diet, probiotics, and dietary additions like yogurt. Boric acid is also a natural remedy that can be used to keep symptoms at bay when they creep up. But what else can you do to decrease the frequency of symptoms?

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Disclaimer: The following recommendation comes without scientific evidence. Most things you’ll see recommended from The Gyneco-bLogic are supported by studies and evidence. The recommendations in this post are anecdotal and based on years of experience, both personal and professional. Be assured that the recommendations are safe and will not cause harm.

This one goes out to my grandma Willie Mae.

The question I have for you is, do you sleep in underwear?

If you do, I would challenge you to spend some nights, if not every night, without panties on. Giving air an opportunity to circulate down there can definitely improve and decrease the frequency of irritation.  This recommendation is based on the fact that moisture and heat can allow more bacterial and fungal overgrowth.

The same theory is what makes you change out of sweaty clothing after exercise, to change moist pads or panty liners often, or to remove wet swimsuits quickly. At night, heat and moisture can also collect between the legs and increase infection risk.

What do you suggest I sleep in, Doc?

You can sleep in just pajamas, loose boxers, or hell, go crazy- Go COMMANDO. I personally am a huge fan of boxer shorts. Not boxer briefs, but light boxer shorts. They give the feeling of containment, catching any possible discharge while still allowing air to circulate. I also have children, so sleeping in the buff when any moment some little person may be in my room asking to go to the potty or reflecting on a bad dream gives me anxiety.

The boxers I personally use are these:

While the exact brand doesn’t matter, what I like about these are the short leg length, the loose fit and the thin material. If you click on the picture it’ll take you to Amazon and you’ll find that these are men’s boxers. Many of the women’s underwear in this category are more like fitted boy shorts. They are super cute, but don’t solve the aeration problem.

Click here or the images to be taken to the site that sells these items.

The boxers below are super cute and promising.

I found them on Amazon, too. They seem to be loose enough to give good air circulation. I haven’t tried them yet. If you try them, please message me or comment on social media. I’ll probably order them next time I’m feeling Primey, though.

These looked cool for the person who wants a basic white boxer, especially if you are specifically interested in sleeping.

Benefits of wearing boxers on a daily basis, or at least to sleep.

1. In general, you should expect less moisture build-up even during the day.

2. Panty lines through your clothes are basically not a thing.

3. Discharge volume seems less. This may be because discharge dries or doesn’t collect in such a concentrated area. If you are someone with a lot of discharge, maybe start with wearing boxers on the weekend to see if either discharge decreases or if it is at least contained within the boxers.

4. There are some theories that women with recurrent yeast can harbor yeast overgrowth in their underwear, even after washing. With boxers, since the fabric isn’t so closely associated with the vaginal area, the risk of reinfection should be less.

In summary, Grandma told me that “‘She’ needs to breathe.”

Women are often searching for natural remedies and prevention from infections. There are plenty of evidence-based do’s and don’ts. There are plenty of remedies and practices that don’t have scientific evidence based on study data but, are worth a try and won’t hurt. Consider this a part of that category.

And remember, I’m not just the president, I’m also a client. Lol.

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Because, well, she’s a boxer. Get it? #punlife

 

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Gyne’s Best: The Gynecologist’s Favorite Product of the Week- Boric Acid

As a practicing OBGYN,

I am asked practically every day about what I use for various feminine care products. I have decided to share some of my favorite products here every week, especially those found on my FAVORITE, Amazon Prime.

For mildly irritating vaginal discharge or odor, I commonly recommend Boric Acid suppositories. This particular one is my favorite.

I use it every couple of weeks, or any time I feel a little “off.” I can not stress the following point enough.

These are suppositories. They are NOT to be taken orally. ONLY USED INSIDE THE VAGINA.

If ingested by mouth, a person can get very sick and possibly die. It is not absorbed through the vagina, which is why vaginal use is safe.  Boric acid re-acidifies the vagina and makes the environment pro-good bacteria, anti-bad bacteria.

Read more about how boric acid works in THIS popular post.

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Before You Hit The Beach or Waterpark In Your Mom-Suit, READ THIS

We’ve been to Wisconsin Dells countless times.

The Indoor Waterparks are just as fun in the fall and winter as the outdoor parks are in the summer. My kids have a blast while my blood pressure skyrockets. See, my nerves is bad. My grammar in that statement is intentional. My Nerves Is BAD.*

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Sidebar: I swear waterpark lifeguards must take a Xanax before their shift. They are cool as a fan while these kids and adults stand on the edge of safety. They are one slip, one back flip, one lazy pontoon away from tragedy x 100, and the lifeguards seem unfazed. If you aren’t ACTUALLY drowning, they’re at the ready. Otherwise, a quick whistle chirp is about all you are gonna get out of any one of them when things are just a little too close to danger.

But I digress.

Here I am, a mother of three, with a pretty decent midsection, thanks to rare exercise, good genes and my best friend SculpSure (a little laser body sculpting never hurts.) Still, confidence is not one of my strengths. I searched long and hard for this swim dress that said “cute” without being too revealing. It has the cutest shorts underneath too. I got a lot of compliments on it.

Cute, right? Click the pick to see it in other colors on Amazon.

I’m styling and mom-profiling, and I start to notice something. There is body confidence everywhere. I’m talking about 2-pieces of ALL shapes and sizes. I was in awe. Post-baby bellies, pre-baby bellies, and a LOT of non-Instagram model bellies. I had to ask myself, why am I here worried about my lack of packs (get it? Not a six, four or two pack in sight) and these ladies could care less about their rather abundant midsections.

Love Your Body In Every State

These ladies were there to swim and have fun and they clearly thought that they look GOOD. And THEY DID! Their confidence shined brighter than the artificial indoor lighting, and I envied them. When you put on a two piece, that is not accidental. You have to rock it. I was totally feeling their swag.

I learned something this weekend about being comfortable in my own skin. I also have a few more Waterpark reflections.

More Waterpark Reflections

  1. Parents who don’t put their babies and toddlers in swim diapers are TRASH. I’m not sorry. <
  2. They don’t put clocks in the pool area on purpose- because the pool is a time warp that is designed to keep you there forever, like the Lotus Flower in ancient Greek mythology.
  3. Lazy Rivers and Wave Pools when you have children between 6 and 10 raise my blood pressure.
  4. They should sell Excedrin in vending machines or dispensers in the pool area. Or better yet, their should be Parent Recharge Stations like the ones on Marathon routes with shots of Gatorade and Espresso.
  5. Child locator wrist-bands need to be a thing. Kids are quick and slippery. And I have the fortune and curse of having some fearless ones.
  6. There MUST be a strain of Weed called Waterpark Lifeguard that keeps them alert enough to save lives, but cool enough to watch almost-tragedies occur every minute.
  7. Either I am growing, or these pool-only towels are shrinking. Issa Hand Towel**.
  8. I need 10 other moms to help me go Oceans Eleven on the adjacent Arcade. YOU’RE GONNA GIVE MY KID A PRIZE. Those toy-grabbing games and other lose-every-time games need a reckoning.
  9. Germs are good. Germs are good. Deep breath. Germs are good.
  10. I told you. My NERVES is BAD. (Still intentional grammar. See the translation below.)
  11. I know ONE thing. I’ll be strutting in my 2-piece the next time we go anywhere near water. You can believe that!

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    * “My Nerves is bad” Translation: I am a nervous nelly around slippery floors, tall slides, and a bunch of fast moving children of all shapes and sizes not raised by ME.

    ** “Issa” is colloquial for “It’s a.” In different context it could also refer to Issa Rae, who I love.

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