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What the Yuck: Cold water stops my flow
January 8th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

What the Yuck: Cold water stops my flow

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: I’ve noticed that when I swim in cold water with my period, it stops. Why?

A: It doesn’t actually stop; the lining of your uterus continues to shed. But the counterpressure of the water can stop the flow from coming out of your body.

Oh, and the temperature of the water has nothing to do with it - this can happen whether you’re in a freezing-cold lake or warm Caribbean waters.

Plus, if you’re floating or swimming horizontally, gravity isn’t able to pull the flow down and out as well as it would if you were in a more vertical position. (The same thing can happen when you’re lying down.)

Once you’re out of the water and standing upright for several minutes, your period should return to normal.


Tri Challenge: Avoiding the doctor
January 8th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Tri Challenge: Avoiding the doctor

Each day from now until next Friday, CNN will introduce you to one member of the 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge team. Today meet Adrienne LaGier, who avoided having a physical for seven years out of fear of what her doctor would say.

Fear of needles. Time. Time to call the office, clear my schedule, get a babysitter. And money. Those have been my excuses over the past seven years for not seeing a family doctor.

I mean going to the ob/gyn once a year is good enough, right? Are two doctors really necessary?

I went for 2.5 years without health insurance. The girls were infants, and I was not married to their self-employed father. I was a broke, stay-at-home mom. Working part-time for the community college and starting a direct-selling business didn’t help me in the health insurance department.

My birthday is July 11 (7/11), and I was told once that gamblers would pay to have me head to Vegas with them. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky in the health department too. No broken bones. No serious illnesses. No need to start a relationship with a doctor I didn’t "need." Right?
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