Ask Our Doctors: Embarrassing Body Problems
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From body hair in all the wrong places, to webbed breasts to what your bowel movements are really telling you, nothing is off limits as The Doctors answer questions about your most embarrassing body problems!

Third Testicle

After going to the emergency room for abdominal pain, Robert, 34, learned that he had a third testicle. He comes to The Doctors for more information and urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz performs an ultrasound, explains a possible cause of Robert's pain and determines if the extra testicle should be removed.


Urinary Incontinence
Carly in Gainesville, Florida is in her early 30s and has two children. She e-mails The Doctors about a urinary problem she suffers from that her husband calls "pee dribble." She asks: What causes it and how can I fix it?

Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz  says that Carly's dribble problem is also known as urinary incontinence and is a common condition that affects both men and women. For women, it often occurs after childbirth, because the pelvis becomes weakened. In men, the most common cause is an enlarged prostate that blocks the flow of urine out of the bladder.

Dr. Spitz explains other causes of urinary incontinence and how to treat it.


All About Poo
It may be embarrassing to talk about, but everyone goes number two. The Doctors discuss your most pressing questions about poo.

The Life Raft
To avoid toilet water backsplash, 23-year-old Heather places a wad of toilet paper in the bowl before sitting down -- a practice also known as the life raft.

"Sometimes I do the life raft," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "One of my toilets at home has a really low water level, so if [the bowel movement] is a little soft and leaves a little skid mark on the bowl, you do the life raft. That way it all flushes down and you don't have to clean the bowl!"

"It gives you the trifecta," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "This is why a lot of women do it: no noise, no skid marks, no splash."

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that tests found that toilet water is not very dirty. "There weren't any really scary organisms," he says. "It certainly depends on how clean the restroom is, but there's not really a worry when you go use a public restroom of getting some terrible disease. The life raft is not necessary, but it is a waste of precious trees, in my opinion."
 
Soft Stool
For the last six months, Suzie, 37, has produced soft, loose bowel movements and asks The Doctors what causes them.

"I think what Suzie's talking about is what we commonly call the 'soft serve,'" plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "It's not diarrhea, but it's not quite right, either."

While loose, watery stools can be an indication of an underlying viral problem, soft bowel movements are often a good sign. "When I'm eating really well, lots of vegetables and omega-3s, I'm kind of serving up a soft serve," Dr. Jim says. "And when I'm really lucky, I get the clean sweep, where you don't even have to wipe after the thing. It's a beautiful poop! It just comes out, and it's like, 'Wow!'"

Excessive Sweat

While working out, Martha sweats a lot around her groin, and she says it looks like she wet her pants. The Doctors explain how to remedy this embarrassing situation.

More Sweat Solutions


Though soft stools can be a signal of good health, frequent soft bowel movements could also be caused by a food intolerance, such as an excess amount of fructose in the diet or lactose intolerance. If this is the cause, you can try removing certain foods and drinks from your diet, and if it persists, see your doctor.

"And it may just be fiber that's actually making it soft serve, because fiber transits through your gut and it keeps things soft," Dr. Travis says. "I'd rather have soft serve than really hard, painful serve. I wouldn't worry too much about it, as long as it doesn't get real watery."

Skid Marks
KT does not have a trouble going number two and uses a lot of toilet paper afterward, but still often finds brown marks on his underwear later on in the day.

"That's the never-ending-wipe poop," Dr. Jim says. "It actually has nothing to do with how you're wiping. It's more about the consistency of the poop; it's a little viscous. It's a higher viscosity and a little sticky. What you might find is that taking an omega-3 oil supplement tends to lubricate things just a little bit and make it so it won't stick so much down there."

Dr. Travis offers another, more humorous alternative to help KT: the No-Wash Underwear, which are yellow in the front and brown in the back to hide any skid marks!


Tongue-Tied

It can happen when you tell a joke, get caught in a lie or have a crush on someone; The Doctors reveal the causes of the tongue-tied phenomenon.

Back Hair
Tamara, 30, is embarrassed by visible back hair, which she says runs in her family. Plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian performs a new laser hair removal treatment on Tamara. The Candela GentleMAX laser is more efficient than previous laser treatments and features a cooling device that can significantly reduce the pain of the procedure. See Tamara's amazing results!


Webbed Breasts
Tandi had a breast augmentation three years ago and says that her breasts are now slowly moving towards each other. She asks The Doctors if there is a fix.

"This is a difficult problem, and there is a medical term for it: symmastia," Dr. Ordon says. "That just means one breast that comes together. You don't have that distinct cleavage. I also call it unibreast. Some people are actually born with it, or it can be a result after a breast-reduction scar tissue forming a band between the breasts. But most cases that we see now are after breast augmentations."

Dr. Ordon explains why the condition occurs after breast augmentations and how to correct it.


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