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I’m on the pill and I’m supposed to have my period on Valentines Day. Is it safe to skip the sugar pills (and my period) and start the next pack?
7. February 2015
Short answer: YES. You can skip periods while on the patch and ring as well.
Long answer: I wrote a more complete response HERE and I’ve included information for women who aren’t on birth control.
–Gail Ingram BSN RN
Ask Nurse Gail: I want to get my hormones drawn. Where can I get that done?
5. February 2015
I’m assuming you are a healthy adult woman with no medical history and not taking medication. That said, you’ll need to get an order from your primary care provider, gynecologist, or endocrinologist. You should definitely know the exact date of your last menstrual period. This is very important since female hormones fluctuate throughout the month and the provider will match your levels with the expected values for that phase. If you want your cortisol checked, be sure to get the blood drawn around 8am or before. Cortisol peaks based on circadian rhythms and is highest in the early morning. Thyroid hormones can be drawn anytime.
–Gail Ingram BSN RN
How long does swelling last? I had an emergency root canal last Friday. It’s not infected but it is still swollen. Swelling takes days to go down?
20. January 2015
Short answer: Days to months.
Long answer: Thanks for your question. The inflammatory process is fascinating. After we’ve been hurt, our bodies signal for water (from our blood, other tissues, and organs) to flood the trauma site. This cleans debris from the wound in two ways. The external weeping pushes dirt out of the body and, internally, potential toxins are diluted, inactivated, and removed by the lymph system.
Our bodies don’t know the difference between a sterile procedure (like surgery) or a saber toothed tiger bite so all trauma gets the same response. Interestingly, swelling (caused by water rushing to the site as explained above) can both help healing and hinder it. To read more, click HERE.