Most Embarrassing Questions Part II:
The Doctors are back to answer everything you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask. Enter the No Shame Zone, where no subject is off-limits!
How to Wipe Correctly
Dr. Jim demonstrates the correct way to wipe, which is from front to back. If done from back to front, fecal matter from the anus can create a bacterial infection at the urethral opening, which can also cause a bladder infection. And make sure to wash your hands!
Going on a date with your honey? Here’s a dating tip you won’t get in Cosmo: rice is the only food that doesn’t cause gas. As you peruse the menu, keep in mind that guaranteed odiferous offenders include broccoli, beans, fibers, sugars and onions. Dr. Ordon adds that it’s normal to pass up to half a gallon of gas a day. “It’s normal to toot 20 times a day!” he pronounces.
Also known as “queefing,” vaginal gas is caused by air being forced into the vagina during intercourse and then expelled once the penis is removed. “There’s nowhere for the air to go but back out again,” Dr. Ordon says as he demonstrates with a cylinder and stopper. Dr. Lisa declares, “Sex isn’t always pretty!” The Doctors agree: the best thing to do is just laugh it off.
That Not-So-Fresh Feeling
Maria calls in to ask why there is always a lingering odor in her vagina after she and her husband have intercourse. Dr. Lisa explains that if her husband doesn’t use a condom and ejaculates inside of her, his semen will change the pH, or acidity level, of her vagina. She posits that Maria’s condition may be caused by a bacterial or yeast infection, which is due to an unbalance in vaginal pH. She reassures Maria that the infection can easily be treated with antibiotics and cautions Maria not to douche, which also destroys the vagina’s natural balance. “Never, never, never, never! Ladies, you’ve just got to just cut it out!” Dr. Lisa exclaims.
Is it safe to dye your pubic hair? Dr. Lisa says yes, as long as the dyes are ammonia-free. She recommends a line of hair dye products called The Betty, which are ammonia and paraben-free. They are designed specifically for the groin area and the color lasts approximately six weeks.
Dr. Lisa presents a medley of The Betty’s festive colors and stencil shapes to choose from, and with names like Fun Betty and Lucky Betty, it’s clearly an invitation to play! “Ladies, be proud of your betties!” Dr. Lisa laughs.
Jeff is a trainer at a gym and has a suspicious rash that is causing him great deal of discomfort. Dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby takes Jeff behind a screen to scrape a sample to culture and states, “This is a classic case of jock itch.”
Dr. Kirby explains that jock itch is caused by a fungus called Tinea Cruris and 75 percent of the adult male population has suffered from it at one time or another. It starts as a red, itchy rash on the thighs, groin or buttocks and as the infection grows, so does the level of pain, itching and discomfort.
The fungus is highly contagious and is often found on the floors of gyms, public showers and locker rooms. Infections usually start on the feet, but when a man pulls up his underwear, shorts or pants, the fungus comes along for the ride and nestles into the groin area. Like most fungi, they grow in warm, moist, dark areas.
Dr. Kirby’s Jock Itch Rx:
Flapping Your Wings?
Are you sick of your flabby arms? You’re not alone. Theresa asks what she can do with what she calls her “bat wings.” Dr. Ordon invites her onstage to demonstrate a surgical procedure called an arm-lift brachioplasty. The plastic surgeon explains that the new procedure combines liposuction with ultrasound to minimize excess underarm skin.
The surgery takes approximately two hours and requires general anesthesia; the sutures are made internally, so there is minimal scarring.
Female Pattern Baldness
Lacey, 26, is struggling with female pattern baldness. She tearfully recounts that she first started seeing changes in her hair when she was 21, and has since spent $4,000 - $5,000 on treatments and remedies.
Hair restoration specialist Dr. Craig Ziering explains that hair loss affects more than 25 million women in the United States and is generally caused by a shrinking hair follicle. Hormones, thyroid problems, stress, genetic pre-disposition, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause and pregnancy can all contribute to hair loss, so it’s important to consult your doctor if you notice changes in your locks.
Dr. Ziering demonstrates a brand new laser called the Revage670, which uses a rotating phototherapy technique to stimulate the cellular metabolism of the hair follicle and increase blood flow to the scalp. The laser is cool, rather than heated, which eliminates the need for analgesic agents or numbing creams.
The treatment costs approximately $3,000 to $5,000 and is recommended for a year, with maintenance sessions on an as-needed basis. Apira Science offers Lacey a year’s worth of treatments at the Central Ohio Skin Laser Center and Lacey dissolves into tears. “Thank you,” she whispers gratefully.
Dr. Ordon shares another one of his home remedies; and this one is for back acne, often referred to as bacne. “Just put some white vinegar on a loofa and scrub the afflicted area,” Dr. Ordon instructs. “The vinegar helps unclog the pores.”