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November 19, 2021 gyn

PMS symptoms and period pain can cause exercise to be the last thing on your mind during your time of the month. It probably seems like exercise would only make symptoms such as back pain, bloating, heavy periods, mood swings, and low energy levels worse. You’d much rather stay in bed with a heating pad and lay low.

 

But did you know that there is no medical reason not to exercise during your menstrual cycle? Physical activity can actually help greatly reduce period symptoms such as pain, menstrual cramps, bloating, depression, fatigue, mood swings, low energy levels, and more. It can also help to release endorphins (“feel good” hormones) and reduce stress to make you feel better and improve your feelings of overall wellbeing. Regular exercise routines may even help reduce the overall intensity and negative symptoms of your period over time. 

 

Keep reading to learn more about which exercise routines are best for you and your health during your period.

 

Is it Harder to Work Out on Your Period?

is it harder to work out on your period

While it can be beneficial to workout during your period, it can be harder to workout during this time than the rest of the month. The first day of your period tends to be the hardest day to work out. During your period, hormonal changes cause your progesterone levels to be high and estrogen levels to be low, which can cause low energy levels and low motivation. If you’re already struggling with your fitness routine, finding the motivation to workout on your period can feel impossible. However, some women report feeling stronger during their period, so don’t let your time of the month prevent you from working out if you feel up for it.

 

If you are worried about workouts being harder on your period, consider sticking to workouts that are easier than your usual workout routine. Also stick to exercises that are familiar to you instead of trying something new and extra challenging. This can help get you moving and feeling your best.

 

What Exercise is Best During Your Period?

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The best exercises to do during your period are exercises that you will actually stick with and enjoy doing! Pay close attention to your body to figure out what you feel capable of and adjust your exercise routine accordingly. 

 

If you are suffering from intense cramps and pain, gentle exercise such as walking, yoga, pilates, or gentle stretching can help relax tense muscles in the hips and back and ease pain. Exercises such as walking, yoga, and stretching can also be done at home and at your own pace. This can be very attractive if you feel the need to slow down, take your time, and avoid any extra stress that might come from visiting a busy, public space like the gym or fitness studio. Water activities such as swimming can also feel especially great, as the water can make you feel weightless and ease pain.

 

Do You Lose More Weight on Your Period?

Everyone’s bodies and menstruation cycles are different, so weight fluctuations throughout the month will vary for each individual. In the time leading up to your period, increased levels of cortisol can stimulate your metabolism. However, researchers have determined that the impact of this on weight loss is probably negligible. 

 

If you weigh yourself regularly, you may find that you weigh less immediately after your period ends. However, this is likely not due to true weight loss. Many women bloat or retain more water around the time of their period. It is normal to gain as many as 3–5 pounds of water weight before your period. After your period ends, you will stop retaining water and this “extra weight” will shed off. This may make it look like you lose more weight on your period, even though it is just water weight. 

 

Please Make an Appointment with our Gynecologists’ Today

At Great City Medical, our women’s health specialists are here to answer any questions you may have about staying healthy during your menstrual cycle. If you want to learn more about how to stay healthy and feel your best on your period, give us a call today. Make an appointment to speak with an ob/gyn about managing your period and PMS symptoms.


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November 19, 2021 gyn

If you find yourself getting strong food cravings and the urge to eat more around certain times in your menstrual cycle, you’re not alone! About 1–2 weeks before your period begins, fluctuations in your hormones can cause many side effects, including food cravings, increased appetite, bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and irritability. These side effects are collectively known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMS. 

 

Understanding the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and why they happen can help you understand your body and prevent food cravings from controlling your life. Keep reading to learn more about why women experience PMS food cravings and what you can do to lessen the impact they have on your diet and wellness. If you’re struggling with severe PMS symptoms, consider making an appointment today with our expert women’s health team at Great City Medical in New York City.

 

Why does PMS cause increased appetite?

why does pms cause increased appetite

During the 1–2 weeks leading up to the start of your period, dramatic hormonal changes can cause an increase in your appetite. There are three main hormone changes that are responsible for this: estrogen, cortisol, and serotonin.

 

Estrogen levels increase in the days before your period begins. When estrogen levels increase, so do your cortisol levels. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, puts your body in a state of high stress during this time. This can put your body on high alert and stimulate your metabolism, increasing your appetite and causing cravings for foods that are high in fats and carbohydrates. 

 

Also during this time, serotonin levels can drop. Serotonin is a hormone associated with happiness, feeling good, and overall feelings of well-being. If your serotonin levels are low, your body will signal to you to seek out things that can help you feel better, such as eating your favorite comfort foods. With the effects of the combination of high cortisol and low serotonin levels, it is no wonder that period cravings and increased appetite are such common symptoms of PMS.

 

How early can PMS cravings start?

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PMS cravings tend to start around 7–10 days before your period begins, but they can start as early as 2 weeks before your period begins. The exact timing and intensity of your PMS cravings will depend on your individual hormone levels and cycle schedule. PMS cravings tend to start at the same time that any other PMS symptoms begin. If you start to notice any other PMS symptoms, this can be a helpful sign that you need to start being aware of your cravings and being more intentional about what you eat. The cravings can last for several days and usually disappear once your period begins.

 

Is it Good to Indulge Your Food Cravings?

Is it Good to Indulge Your Food Cravings

You may have been taught to feel shameful about your PMS cravings, but there is no need to be ashamed of your body’s natural cycles. It is important to listen to the signals that your body is giving you. An increased metabolism and other changes in your body may mean that you do actually need to eat more calories than usual during this time. Undereating can also raise cortisol levels and worsen your PMS symptoms, so be sure to give your body what it needs.

 

That being said, it is important to provide your body with the proper nourishment and nutrition. Instead of reaching for comfort foods that are high in sugar and simple carbs that can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, reach for complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber. Try replacing sugary snacks like ice cream, chocolate, or potato chips with whole grains, dark chocolate, fruit, brown rice, oats, lentils, and other healthier foods. Watch your food intake and try to avoid binge eating or overindulging regularly to avoid excessive weight gain and other negative side effects from letting your cravings take control of your diet.

 

What foods help with PMS?

Eating big meals with too much refined sugar, simple carbs, and salt can actually worsen PMS symptoms and make you feel awful. These comfort foods might give you a temporary boost in serotonin while you’re eating them, but the effects will be short lived. The resulting drop in blood sugar levels that inevitably come afterwards can leave you feeling more depressed and sluggish than before. 

 

Eating several small meals throughout the day can help keep hormone and blood sugar levels stable (this can help keep your mood and energy levels stable too!). Focus on eating plenty of lean proteins, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables. Foods that are rich in vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, thiamine, and riboflavin have been shown to help reduce PMS symptoms. These foods can include whole foods such as whole grains, brown rice, legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, etc.), nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, and dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.).  If you are concerned about your nutrient levels, you can also talk to your doctor about talking supplements such as a magnesium or calcium supplement. It might sound counterintuitive, but drinking plenty of water can also help reduce cravings and bloating.

 

Other lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity and better quality sleep can also help curb PMS cravings and other symptoms of PMS. 

 

Please make an appointment with our gynecologists today

At Great City Medical, our women’s health specialists want to help you stay healthy and feel your best throughout your entire menstrual cycle. We are here to help answer any questions about your sexual and reproductive health and find healthy solutions that work for you. Contact us today to make a NYC gynecologist   appointment and speak with a doctor about managing your PMS cravings and other PMS symptoms.

 


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November 19, 2021 gyn

When you visit your NYC gynecologist or ob/GYN, you may be asked to take a urine test as part of your physical exam. This is a regular test conducted by your health care provider to help take care of your overall health. Urine tests are especially common during prenatal visits and pregnancy visits, but they can be performed during an annual checkup too. While they can be a little uncomfortable or embarrassing, urine tests can tell your doctor a lot about your health and wellness and are nothing to be embarrassed about. 

 

What can a doctor tell from a urine sample?

what can a doctor tell from a urine sample

Urine tests can provide a lot of helpful information about women’s health. They can be used to screen for health issues such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), bacterial infections in the urethra or vulva, kidney stones, bladder cancer, liver disease, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea, and other abnormalities. Urinalysis can also be used to monitor health indicators such as glucose levels, ketone levels, white blood cell and red blood cell counts, nitrites, and bilirubin levels. Urine tests are also a reliable method for pregnancy tests and can be more accurate when performed by a doctor than at-home tests.

 

For prenatal visits and pregnant women, frequent urine tests are critical for ensuring the overall health of the mother and the child. They can be used to screen for health issues such a preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

 

How is a urine test performed?

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Providing a urine sample for a urine test can feel a little strange or embarrassing — but luckily they can be provided quickly, easily, and in privacy. Your gynecologist or a nurse will provide you will a sterile urine cup and sanitary wipe. You will take these items into a private restroom. 

 

Use the sanitary wipe to clean yourself and then begin peeing over a toilet like you normally would. Hold the urine cup underneath you and collect the urine inside the cup as best as you can. Once you are finished, seal the cup with the provided lid and place the cup in the designated location specified by your nurse or doctor. Remember to wash your hands when you’re finished.

 

What does the color, clarity, and odor of urine mean?

In addition to testing your urine for diseases and health indicators, simply the appearance of your urine can tell gynecologists a lot about women’s gynecological health. The color, clarity, and odor of urine can provide information about your hydration levels, diet, and overall health. 

 

Dark-colored urine can indicate dehydration, especially when there is only a small amount at one time. Cloudy urine can indicate a UTI, especially when combined with discomfort, pain, or burning sensations while urinating. Red-tinted urine may indicate that there is blood in the urine, which may require additional testing to diagnose if you are not on your period. Bright yellow urine can be caused by taking vitamin B supplements and is not usually anything to worry about. Clear or pale yellow urine is a good indicator of good health and hydration levels.

 

Urine odors can change depending on your diet. Certain foods can cause your urine to smell differently, such as asparagus or coffee. Fasting can cause urine to have a sweet or fruity smell to it. Very bad or unusual odors can indicate bacterial infections and may require additional testing to diagnose.

 

What Can an Abnormal Urine Test Indicate?

Urine testing is typically a very fast process. After taking a urine test at your ob/GYN’s office, you can expect to get your test results back within 3 days Your doctor’s office will likely send your urine sample out to a laboratory to do the testing and call you as soon as the results come back.

 

In pregnant women, abnormal glucose (sugar) levels in the urine may indicate gestational diabetes. Abnormal protein levels, especially when combined with other symptoms like high blood pressure and headaches, may indicate preeclampsia. Frequent urine tests are important during this time to closely monitor for these and other health risks.

 

In all women, abnormal ketone levels may be a sign of undereating or dehydration. Abnormal white blood cell counts may be a sign of a bacterial infection, and abnormal red blood cell counts may be a sign of kidney stones or a bladder infection. Abnormal nitrite levels may indicate a urinary tract infection, especially if you are also experiencing burning, pain, or discomfort during urination. Abnormal bilirubin levels may be a sign of liver disease. If you receive abnormal urine test results for any of these factors, your doctor will likely ask you to come back and follow up with additional testing before making a diagnosis or treatment plan.

 

Make an appointment for a urine test today

It might be a little embarrassing, but urine testing is a routine and important part of gynecological care. These tests can tell you a lot of information about your reproductive health and overall health! 

 

If you would like to get tested for STDs, UTIs, pregnancy, or other health conditions, or you are experiencing any unusual smells, colors, or pain while urinating, contact us about urine testing today. Call us to make an appointment with our team of women’s health professionals and take control of your gynecological health. If you already have an appointment scheduled, a urine test can also be performed as part of your annual checkup and pelvic exam.

 



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Valentina M.
Valentina M.
18:12 24 Jun 22
Amazing customer service! Friendly and efficient! Made it fun going to the GYN!
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Clara M.
23:28 16 Jun 22
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13:22 20 May 22
I was in need of a new GYNECOLOGIST. I found Great City Medical in a Google search. I spoke with a staff member after hours via live chat an was scheduled the earliest appointment very quickly. All my basic questions were answered. I was sent to patient portal link to pre-register and fill out the forms. Upon arrival I was greeted with a smile and checked in quickly, wait time was short before the nurse called me in to be triaged. I was placed in a room, which was very clean. Dr. Tsyba greeted me with a smile and was very polite and Thorough with the examination. She explained to me in detail what procedures were going to take place and what testing will be done. The staff was very Knowledgeable and helpful as a first-time patient I enjoyed my visit I highly recommend this practice.
Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.
19:00 16 May 22
The place is very nice, and people are kind and professional. The only downside is that I have waited more than I expected (even though I arrived way earlier than the scheduled time), but maybe it’s been just a coincidence. That being said, nothing else to complain about!
Elena F.
Elena F.
02:02 13 May 22
I waited about 30 min to see the Tech, then spent like 20 min with her as a new patient, then about 10 min. more to see Jaime, the NP who was available, since Dr. Tsyba was in surgery. Jaime then consulted with Dr. Tsyba. I was very satisfied with the gentle, compassionate and thorough care I received by Jaime, and the technician who performed the 2 ultrasounds I needed. I’m happy I found this OB/GYN doctor. I hope to meet Dr. Tysba soon.
Awilda R.
Awilda R.
17:44 12 May 22
They was wonderful, the front desk and even my doctors very gentle with everything they do..I felt very comfortable to open up to them about my needs and I definitely felt like I was in great hands, when it’s comes down to OBGYN’s it’s very hard finding loyalty ,honesty, and security with your doctors THIS WAS WONDERFUL..i found out everything I needed to know and I will definitely enjoy being a new patient here !!!
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12:43 12 May 22
Place was valid … 💯 very respectful and calls patients in a timely manner
Leenia M.
Leenia M.
19:44 02 May 22
Me encantó la atención del personal, y sobre todo la ginecóloga Yelena Tsyba, quien fue la Dra. que fui a consulta, bueno ella es muy profesional, muy amable y gentil ; también la persona que me hizo el sonograma,todos me trataron con mucha gentileza; fue mi primera vez y quedé muy contenta satisfecha…
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02:35 29 Apr 22
The doctor is brilliant!!!
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19:15 21 Apr 22
Very nice always very professional
Madeline C.
Madeline C.
15:38 19 Apr 22
I have known Dr.Tsyba for many years, she sees my friends and my sister gave birth to three children with her, personally in my practice there were moments when I had to urgently go to other doctors, after which I kept returning to her. She, as like a mother, will not advise bad things and will do everything possible to help. The staff is also very responsive and polite professionally fit every patient. You feel at home confidentially. Thank you doctor for your professionalism. I wish you more assistants so that you do not get tired.
Fatima A.
Fatima A.
03:19 06 Apr 22
Great people who made me feel very comfortable for my first appointment at this establishment. Much appreciated.
Nicole De L.
Nicole De L.
16:40 04 Apr 22
Great place to get checked. The staff very professional, they take care of you on your appointment time and the clinic is very clean. My Doctor was great!!
Katty R.
Katty R.
10:43 18 Mar 22
My 1st time going here. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. I loved that I didn’t have to schedule an appointment to go somewhere else for ultrasound. I did 3 things in 1 day and the wait was ok
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ivy b
20:48 10 Mar 22
good service and everything was very fast no complaints I liked the place
Carmen W.
Carmen W.
18:50 07 Mar 22
It is great office with a best gynecologist Dr Yelena Tsyba
Simon L.
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18:40 04 Mar 22
Very good. Attentive staff
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22:26 01 Mar 22
Wonderful staff and excellent service
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22:08 01 Mar 22
Very Professional
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17:35 24 Feb 22
Very amazing service.
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21:47 23 Feb 22
A++ Service. Great atention to issues and promt call at appointment time👍🏻
Ludo A
Ludo A
16:02 23 Feb 22
My first time visiting this practice. They were very through, from intake, which was done by a Dr. that I assumed was a nurse because he was so young lol. I wound up seeing Jaime who is a GYN NP, she was awesome. They asked a lot of questions about my history, which I really appreciated. Labs and Sonogram are done on-site. I will be returning.
Shay S.
Shay S.
17:25 18 Feb 22
Very nice place with very nice people the place is clean and quiet I love it there
Dj Shabba U.
Dj Shabba U.
01:44 18 Feb 22
Very well cared for. Doctors, nurses, & receptionist are wonderful
Joy H.
Joy H.
21:59 17 Feb 22
Very caring knowledgeable doctor highly recommend!
Alona K.
Alona K.
00:36 05 Feb 22
Great place to come for a Covid test. Everything went pretty quick. Results definitely weren’t ready in 15 min but, the clinic was very, very busy, so it’s understandable. The lady who sits in the middle was very professional, polite and very helpful. Would highly recommend this place!
Lynn In The C.
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19:51 03 Feb 22
Actively listened to my concerns and believed me when I said somethings not right. Did not brush me off. And focus on finding the cause to my issues. I definitely recommend. Very clean place.
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16:40 03 Feb 22
Very good Doctor and excellent assistants!
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14:15 29 Jan 22
Hello!Today was our first visit, I liked how doctor Tsyba is explaining to us about my daughter’s women health issue. Also I hope doctor will properly treat her/ my daughter. I’ll update later the results.Thank you,Norah & Maftuna.
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Nora K.
19:03 28 Jan 22
Good attention, but they should follow the appointments schedule. I saw the doctor almost an hour later
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17:17 26 Jan 22
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20:37 19 Jan 22
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19:27 19 Jan 22
Dr Tsyba is the best doctor I ever knew. Very professional service and so nice stuff!
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23:36 18 Jan 22
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ROEZEN BY R.
ROEZEN BY R.
19:58 14 Jan 22
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17:31 05 Jan 22
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20:54 03 Jan 22
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00:00 28 Dec 21
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20:47 22 Dec 21
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01:03 22 Dec 21
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18:34 09 Nov 21
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20:58 14 Oct 21
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18:16 14 Oct 21
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21:58 12 Oct 21
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21:48 12 Oct 21
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17:59 17 Sep 21
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17:26 17 Sep 21
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20:49 16 Sep 21
Very efficient.
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