Q. I heard that guys have a female
part, is this true?
A. Yes, kind of. Guess what, guys, you have a vagina. It's called vagina masculina, or male vagina, says David Reuben, MD.
It could have turned into a real vagina, but testosterone
took care of that when you were still an embryo -- back when your
gender was not yet established. Now it's a just a piece of tissue
dangling from your bladder. "Every man has one," says Dr. Reuben.
You have nipples for the same reason. Men have hymens, too, sitting
uselessly near the prostate gland. If you really want to know more,
pick up a book on embryology.
Q. Are vaginal secretions normal?
A. Yes. It's normal to have secretions at times of the month
other than your period. These secretions keep the vagina clean,
help prevent infection, and provide lubrication during sexual arousal
and intercourse. You may notice clear sticky discharge about 2 weeks
after your period. This is very normal and is a sign that you have
ovulated. (Which may come in handy when you want to get pregnant).
If your discharge
itches, burns, smells bad or changes color, you should see a health
care provider promptly since you may have an infection. Don't stress
over it, not all infections are STDs and even virgins get yeast
and bacterial infections.
Q. My girlfriend and I are having
a baby. Shes in her fourth month, can we have sex or will
it hurt the baby?
A. Unless your midwife or obstetrician
has told you otherwise, you and your girl can have sex during pregnancy.
Unless there are complications with the pregnancy, it is safe to
have sex because the fetus is protected by a cushioning sac of amniotic
fluid that surrounds it. Think of a chicken egg -- your fetus is
like the yellow yolk part in the middle of all that egg white.
can affect sex in other ways, however. Hormonal changes that accompany
pregnancy often influence a woman's moods, which could influence
her desire to have sex. For some couples, nausea, weight gain and
fatigue may present challenges to sex and the enjoyment of it.
positions is important because some women may experience sex differently
while they're pregnant. What they once found pleasurable before
pregnancy may no longer feel the same. That's why it can help for
the woman to listen to her body and act appropriately. This is especially
true if a woman has any pain or uterine bleeding, or if her "water
is broken," in which case she'll need to avoid sexual intercourse
and see a health care provider right away.
midwife or obstetrician should be able to advise you on these matters.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Make
sure you ask if its okay to have sex during pregnancy, as
each one is different.
Q. I have a thick white discharge and am itchy down there
is this a yeast infection?
A. It sounds like some of
the symptoms, read about Yeast Infections.