Taboo topics that shouldn't be off-limits

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When it comes to our bodies, there are definitely topics out there that tend to make people feel a little uncomfortable – but this is The Social, so of course we have absolutely no problem going there! 

Dr. Jennifer Berman, urologist and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show, The Doctors, answers all of our questions about the taboo topics that shouldn't be off-limits!

To pee after sex or not to pee: that is the question!
  • It's not a rule that every woman should pee after sex, but some women are just more susceptible to infections than others so if you are more predisposed to UTI's and yeast infections, Dr. Berman recommends peeing before and after sex.
  • The urethra in women is shorter than in men so bacteria can easily ascend into the vagina depending on what sexual positions you're trying out. If you're super acrobatic, you'll probably want to pee after sex.

How common is incontinence?
  • Dr. Berman wouldn't say it's normal, but it's definitely very common for a lot of women: 1 in 4 women experience this called Stress Urinary Incontinence (i.e. peeing when you laugh, cough, sneeze, jump on a trampoline, etc...)
  • If you experience SUI, speak to your health care provider, get online and read about it.

Are absorbent undergarments the only options for dealing with bladder leakage?
  • It used to be that surgical procedures were the only option to cure it, but there's an exciting new product from Poise – it's a non-surgical option to prevent leaks that you don't need a doctor to prescribe. 

Are there benefits to doing kegel exercises?
  • Yes, there are benefits to doing kegels! Kegels are contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. They can help you prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.
  • Benefits: better urinary control, sexual function and arousal, easier childbirth
  • Do them on a daily basis and with strength to get benefits

What is healthy vaginal discharge?
  • Healthy reproductive age women should have clear to white milky discharge. The vagina is a self-cleaning oven. 
  • As we age and hormones change, the lining  of the vagina becomes thin, so older women have less discharge.
  • If there is any other colour or foul odor, that would be concern for an infection. (It's important to note that many women have fears about odor down there. Everyone will have some odor but a strong foul odor is concerning.)

Is it ok to get rid of pubic hair?
  • If you want to get rid of your hair down there, it's perfectly ok to shave, wax or do electrolysis. One option isn't necessarily better than the other but if you're going to shave, you should use a clean razor each time and be careful about irritations. 

Is it safe to dye your pubic hair?
  • If you have one or two gray hairs down there, Dr. Bromen recommends plucking. Dye is designed for the hair on your head, so it might not be wise to dye your pubic hair unless you see a professional. Using regular hair dye could lead to burning and infection.

Do blue balls actually exist?
  • Yes! Men experience an aching feeling or a burning sensation in the scrotal area or testicles – but they can't blame you for it! 

Is it possible to be allergic to semen?
  • Some women can experience burning, irritation or inflammation from semen. Sometimes it occurs when women change partners frequently. While Dr. Bromen wouldn't necessarily call it an allergy, there can definitely be a reaction to semen.

Why does sex sometimes hurt?
  • It might be because you're peri-menopausaul. Your fluctuating hormones could result in vaginal dryness that can lead to pain. This combined with stress and lack of sleep can add to the pain and you might experience burning or pressure. 
  • All women, young and old, should be comfortable using lube! 


The information provided on the show is for general information purposes only. If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a physician or other qualified health care provider for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-diagnosis or treatment based on anything you have seen on the show. 

 
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