getting a lot of urinary tract infections, can this be from oral
A. Yes it might be. See your gynecologist or primary care physician
for a urine culture to find out exactly what organisms are causing
infections. You could also see your general health care
person, either way have a urine culture done. They may not be from
oral sex, but from your own bacteria. If you are getting a
lot, do your body a favor and get it checked out.
Q. I am a lesbian, do I need an annual pap smear?
A. YES, absolutely! Its your body, take care of it. You can still
get cervical cancer, although the rate is probably much lower among
lesbians. I don't know of any studies done to date on this. Also,
you may not know if your partner has had sexual intercourse with
a man or woman and may have gotten the Human Papillomavirus. See HPV or genital
warts for more.
Q. The skin on my scrotum (balls) is getting darker. Is this normal?
I am 15.
A. It is normal for skin over the scrotum to get darker as you change
from a boy to an adult (known as puberty). Darkening of the skin
over the scrotum is actually one of the first steps of puberty.
It usually occurs at the same time the skin over the testicles changes
from a smooth appearance to a more rough appearance (called stippling).
Also at this time, the testicles will begin to enlarge. These changes
are all the first visible signs that puberty has begun. The darkening
of the scrotal skin is perfectly normal and will be followed over
the next few years by even more dramatic changes: adult pubic hair,
growth of the penis, hair in the armpits, larger and stronger muscles,
facial hair, and growth to an adult size. These changes are all
determined by factors called genetic traits -- these traits come
from your parents and determine how fast these changes will occur
and what the final results will look like.
Q. I have
a very dry vagina and it makes sex or foreplay very uncomfortable.
A. Think LUBRICATION! There are lots of products on the
market today, most can be bought via the internet or at your local
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. Try Wet, Astroglide
or even generic KY jelly (water that down a bit). *The new KY 'Warming
Liquid' creates a warming sensation and is a product that you might
want to try, I found it not as good as Wet and a bit
'sticky' . Lubricants can be a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way
and all that I mentioned are safe to use with latex condoms. There
are also silicone based lubricants. These claim to never dry
out and are condom friendly.
thing that might be an issue is lack of foreplay. Maybe you are
just not sexually aroused enough. Take your time before sex, lots
of kissing and fondling should stimulate vaginal secretions.
you might be taking a medication (like an antihistamine or antidepressant)
that do tend to dry out all your mucous membranes, including the
vagina. If this is the situation, you should use a lubricant.
Sometimes water helps too, but have a towel handy!