You are certainly not alone! Kegel. Kegel. Kegel. What’s that? Imagine that you need to pee and the doorbell is ringing. You’d probably squeeze real tight to avoid peeing on yourself, run and get the door, then go to the bathroom. That squeezing motion to prevent you from wetting yourself is called a “Kegel” exercise. By squeezing and releasing those pelvic floor muscles, you’re strengthening … Continue reading Sex feels loose after childbirth, help!
Depending on the specific type of breast cancer each grandma had, your daughter may or may not be at higher risk of getting the disease. A good place to start would be genetic counseling and comprehensive genetic testing. This would take into account ALL cancers in the family. When it comes to breast cancer in general, other risk factors may put her at higher risk. … Continue reading How can I protect my daughter, both of her grandmas had breast cancer
With menopause, there is less estrogen around the genital area. The vagina becomes thin and pale and so does the clitoris. Many older women experience pain and discomfort along with this vaginal dryness. These changes can lead to decreased libido and sexual function, turning pleasure into pain. For some women, use of estrogen cream can make a world of difference. Even a six-month course can … Continue reading Can a woman’s clitoris lose sensitivity with age?
This is an issue that drives many women nuts! First, yes, it could be normal physiologic discharge. Remember, the vagina has to be moist. Imagine if it were a dry cylinder (ouch!) The vagina walls stay moist and constantly secreting fluids and shedding old cells. It has it’s own self-cleansing routine. Depending on where you are on your menstrual calendar, the discharge changes accordingly. Pay … Continue reading Is it normal to always have a discharge?
Is it normal for a 20 year old to have a breast one cup size larger than the other? Absolutely! Many women have some degree of breast asymmetry. For whatever reason, the left breast tends to be the culprit. This definitely makes bra shopping a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, some stores offer customized bras for extreme cases. Some women may feel embarrassed by their … Continue reading Why are my breasts uneven?
If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinating after sex can prevent these infections from happening. Think of it this way: During sex, there’s a lot of fluids flowing back and forth, in, out, and around the genital area. With all the movement, some bacteria can creep into the bladder and sit there and multiply. This could lead to a bladder infection. Some … Continue reading Do I have to urinate after sex?
I struggle with this. The standard of care is to test all women under the age of 25 for sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, trichomonas, gonorrhea, herpes, and HIV. For older women, testing is optional. I do offer STD testing to ALL women, even if they haven’t been active in years. I’ve had so many positive results in women who got infected years ago! Recent … Continue reading Should older women get STD testing?